Indian football team's technical director likely to be appointed in the next fortnight

The All India Football Federation's technical committee met on Monday and decided the Indian football team's technical director would most likely be appointed in next fortnight.

The All India Football Federation has to appoint a technical director and coach for the Indian men's national football team.   -  AIFF

The All India Football Federation is expected to appoint a technical director for the men's national football team in a fortnight's time, it was decided in a meeting on Monday.

The AIFF technical committee, headed by Shyam Thapa, has decided to interact with the three shortlisted candidates before arriving at a decision.

The three candidates shortlisted for the post are — Gaioz Darsadze from Georgia, Romania's Doru Isac, and Portugal's Jorge Castelo.

“We will have a chat with all the shortlisted candidates to understand their vision, and objective. The process will be completed within the next fortnight,” said AIFF technical committee chairman Thapa.

Acting technical director Savio Medeira, who was also in attendance, has been serving as the interim technical director since Scott O’Donnell resigned in 2017.

Australian O’Donnell, who had also applied, has now been ruled out. "Scott has been in India for six years and we're looking for someone with a fresh vision now," a member of the committee said.

The committee will also take a decision on the appointment of the coach of the national team after the shortlisting process is completed in the next two weeks. The national coach is set to be appointed by the second week of May.

AIFF general secretary Kushal Das, national team director Abhishek Yadav and I-League CEO Sunando Dhar were among the other attendees.

The technical committee is expected to meet again on April 23.

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