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Former Indian football players want Bhaichung Bhutia to contest for AIFF President

Former India captain Bruno Coutinho said it would be good for the country's football fraternity if Bhaichung Bhutia contests the election.

With half of the electoral college for the upcoming elections of the All India Football Federation made up of former players, some of the ex-India international players feel that the legendary Bhaichung Bhutia should contest the polls for the post of president.

The Supreme Court, after a hearing on Wednesday, had approved the timeline prepared by the Committee of Administrators to hold elections on August 28 with the poll process to start on August 13.

The top court had said that the electoral college for the executive committee of the AIFF would have representatives from 36 state associations and 36 representatives of eminent football players, 24 male, and 12 female.

Further, the court stated that the players should have played at least one international match representing India and retired from international tournaments two years prior to the date of notification of the elections.

Interestingly, former India captain Bruno Coutinho said it would be good for the country’s football fraternity if Bhaichung Bhutia contests the election for AIFF president.

And not just this, former India midfielder Renedy Singh also stated that Bhaichung Bhutia must fight for the president’s post of AIFF.

Known as the ‘Sikkimese Sniper’ for his goal-scoring prowess, former captain Bhaichung is considered one of the country’s greatest footballers.

The charismatic striker was the first Indian footballer to have played more than 100 matches for India.

He retired from international football a few months after playing in the 2011 Asian Cup in Qatar, having made his debut in 1995. He had played for top Indian clubs like JCT, East Bengal, and Mohun Bagan during an illustrious career.

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First Published: 8th August, 2022 12:50 IST

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