Manipur bred and Indian women’s national team captain, Loitongbam Ashalata Devi has been named among the three nominees for the AFC Player of the Year in the women’s category.

Ashalata joins Li Ying of China PR and Japan’s Saki Kumagai in the three names nominated for the award.

The central defender has also enjoyed an impressive year by leading India to the Olympic 2020 Qualifiers Round 2 and winning the 2019 SAFF Championship title.

The defender was also instrumental in helping her club, Sethu FC, win the Indian Women’s League crown. She was subsequently voted as the Women’s Player of the Year for the 2018-2019 season by the All India Football Federation.

The captain of the Indian woman football team was the second woman from India to play for a foreign football club New Radiant in 2015.