Bhaichung Bhutia, a legendary former player, filed his nomination for the president’s post in the upcoming All India Football Federation (AIFF) elections. Kalyan Chaubey, another former player, has emerged as the front runner in the race for the top job.
Deepak Mondal, Bhutia’s onetime national teammate, proposed him for captain, and Madhu Kumari seconded. Kumari is an ’eminent’ player in the electoral college.
I have nominated myself as a representative of eminent players.I hope the players can have a chance to serve Indian football in the wake of the SC decision to allow players.
“We want to show we can be good not only as players but also as administrators,” Bhutia told PTI, showing his dedication to the sport. Shaji Prabhakaran, president of Football Delhi, has also filed the nomination papers for the president’s post.
Nominations must be filed by Friday’s deadline.
Like his illustrious contemporary Bhutia, Chaubey, a former India goalkeeper, who has played for both Mohan Bagan and East Bengal, appeared to be ahead in the race for the top job.
The fact that Chaubey’s name has been proposed by the Gujarat FA and seconded by the Arunachal Pradesh football association could work in his favour, even though he is a member of the ruling BJP.
Arunachal’s Kiren Rijiju heads the law ministry while the country’s home minister hails from Gujarat.T
he elections for the AIFF executive committee will be held on August 28th at this location.
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