The Hero I-League won the silver medal at SPIA awards in the “Best developing Football League of the Year” category nominated by AFC in Bangkok on Tuesday. The I-League is the premier domestic football club in the country which narrowly missed the top spot as Vietnam’s V-League 1 clinched gold. Indonesia’s Go-Jek Liga 1 won the bronze for the same category.

Praising the achievement All India Football Federation, Praful Patel, in his statement, congratulated all the stakeholders and the clubs.

“I need to thank the Asian Football Confederation for nominating us and SPIA awards for the recognition. My heartiest congratulations to all the stakeholders and especially to the clubs who are an integral part of the league. I would also like to congratulate the AIFF and the I-League department for their hard work.”

The AIFF had earlier won the AFC Developing Member Association of the Year Award in the year 2016 and the AFC President Recognition Award for Grassroots Football in 2014. It is indeed a “wonderful moment for the Indian football” as pointed out by AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das as 11 clubs are playing in the current edition of the I- League.