Shillong Lajong FC is happy to announce that the Club’s foreign striker from Cameroon Aser Dipanda Dicka has been adjudged as the best striker of the Hero I-League 2016/17 season. Dicka is also the League’s highest goal scorer with 11 goals from 17 matches.
In a statement that was released by AIFF Media yesterday evening said, “There was very little competition for the Best Striker award as Aser Pierrick Dipanda Dicka grabs the award, thanks to his tally of 11 goals in 17 matches.”
The League’s best striker, scored his debut goal for Lajong in the first home game of the season against Minerva Punjab FC on 21st January in the 42nd minute which was also Lajong’s first win of the season. Thereafter, he went on to score in the second, third, fourth and fifth home game that is against Mumbai FC on 28th January (2 goals, 28’ and 43’), Chennai City FC 31st January (2 goals, 20’, 65’), Churchill Brothers on 5th February (1 goal, 51’) and DSK Shivajians on 11th February (1 goal, 33’).
In the Hero I-League 2016/17 season, Shillong Lajong had a good outing in the away matches as well and Aser Dipanda Dicka made his presence felt in these games by converting his chances into goals which saw his goal tally soar higher. He scored his 8th I-League goal against Chennai City FC in Chennai and scored another goal in Lajong’s next game at home on 4th March against East Bengal in the 64thminute.
Dicka has been in an exceptional form this season and added his number 10 I-League goal when the Reds took on Mohun Bagan in Shillong on 12th April and finally netted his 11th goal of the season in the North East Derby versus Aizawl FC on 30th April.
The 28 year old striker won 4 Hero of the Match awards for his show stopping performances and on asking him how he felt winning the best striker award, he said, “I am very happy that I have been selected as the best striker of the I-League this season and first I would like to thank God as he is my biggest strength and secondly, I thank my Shillong Lajong family who believe in me and support me always and also would like to thank the All India Football Federation for selecting me in the best striker category.”
Shillong Lajong Head Coach, Thangboi Singto said, “I am extremely happy that Dicka is the I-League 2016/17 best striker and he truly deserves it and he is always greatly supported by his teammates.