The nominations for the British Asian Sports Awards have been announced and five players with links to Football League clubs are in the running for an award.

The BASA have been celebrating and championing the sporting contribution of the Asian community for ten years now and this year's award winners will be crowned at a glittering gala dinner at the Grosvenor Hotel in London's Park Lane on Saturday 5th March.

Cardiff City striker Michael Chopra is looking to get his hands on the prestigious Lebara British Asian Sports Personality of the Year that has been won in the past by boxing world champion Amir Khan and England cricketer Samit Patel.

Chopra's performances in the npower Championship have caught the eye of the judges and his position as one of the top footballers from the Asian community makes him a role model to thousands who want to follow in his footsteps.

Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Danny Batth and Bury youngster Krishnan Patel are in the running for the Most Up and Coming Sports Personality of the Year award.

Last season Batth turned in some commanding performances for Colchester United in npower League 1 during a season long loan and this year he spent a month in the Championship with Sheffield United.

19-year-old Patel progressed through the Shakers' youth team to earn a professional contract at the start of the current campaign.

Other Asian footballers coming through the ranks to keep an eye out for include Leicester City goalkeeper Raajan Singh Gill and A'ameer Kstantin Murphy, who plays for Leyton Orient.

Gill was part of the club's Under-18 squad who were unbeaten throughout the 2009/2010 season. He is up for male Young Sports Personality of the Year having made an impression on the judges with his strong performances for the Foxes' youth team.

A'ameer meanwhile will be looking to take the Junior Sports Personality of the Year award. The O's stopper is 12 months into a two-year professional schoolboy contract.

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