AIFF appoints Baichung Bhutia as advisor

Former Indian football captain Baichung Bhutia has been appointed advisor for "overall issues of the game and the Federation", by the All India Football Federation. AIFF President Praful Patel confirmed the news from his official Twitter account. "Have appointed Baichung Bhutia as Advisor to #AIFF and myself for the overall issues of the game and the Federation."

Bhutia, who is also Chairman of the AIFF Technical Committee, said he was “looking forward” to the role.   -  PTI

Former Indian football captain Baichung Bhutia has been appointed advisor for “overall issues of the game and the Federation”, by the All India Football Federation.

AIFF President Praful Patel confirmed the news from his official Twitter account. “Have appointed Baichung Bhutia as Advisor to #AIFF and myself for the overall issues of the game and the Federation.”

Patel further tweeted saying: “Welcome on board #Baichung. First call improving the #Indian National team and readying the boys for World Cup U17. #AIFF”

AIFF general Secretary Kushal Das said: “We look up to Baichung to advice us on improving the national team’s performance and help in the development of the squad for the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.”

“Furthermore, we look forward to his advice on the licensing criteria of State FAs, development of clubs and other domestic competitions, both men and women and across all age groups,” Das stated.

Bhutia, who is also Chairman of the AIFF Technical Committee, said he was “looking forward” to the role.

“I intend to work and coordinate with all stakeholders including the clubs and State FAs to take Indian football forward,” read his tweet.

“I would focus on Youth Development Programmes and restructuring State football associations,” he said.

“I want to form a core group to guide and provide support to State Football Associations. The scouting programmes need to be in place as well as grassroots programmes,” he added. “We need to have a long-term vision.”

Baichung Bhutia earned 104 caps for India between 1995 and 2011, scoring 40 goals in the period.

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