He mesmerized everyone with his skills and ‘uncertainty’ during those prime Indian club football days of the 70s and 80s, but former national captains like Shabbir Ali, Manoranjan Bhattacharya will have a bigger task ahead in the days to come. His sense of humor will dictate the direction that the Indian football system charts after more than a decade long ‘one-man show’ that has done more harm than good for the sport in the country. These two and 34 other prominent international players of their time are now part of a special voter list to elect the next governing body of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), with the imminent FIFA ban at large.
There are 24 men and 12 women former football players from India who have been included in the preliminary voter list of 67 for the elections held on August 28 on the orders of the Supreme Court.
It includes some of the biggest names including former Indian captains like Bhaichung Bhutia, IM Vijayan, Mauricio Alphonso. climax lawrencePrasun Banerjee, Biswajit Bhattacharya, Bruno Coutinho, Oinam Bembem Devi, the only Padma Shri awardee among women footballers in India.
As per the rule, a ‘player of eminence’ must have played at least two matches for India and must have retired two years before the date of the election.
The publication of the Electoral College also ruled out any major politician running for the post of AIFF President. Former sports minister and current union minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s name was running as the presidential candidate.
Assam Football Association president Naba Kumar Dole, who is also a BJP MLA in the state, is in the electoral college, so is Football Delhi chief Shaji Prabhakaran.
Any person who is a member of the electoral college and an Indian citizen can contest for the post of AIFF President. These elections for the All India Football Federation are taking place in the backdrop of world governing body FIFA’s threat to ban India and take away the hosting rights of the U-17 Women’s World Cup on grounds of “third party interference”.
FIFA has also expressed unhappiness over the inclusion of 36 players in the electoral list – the same number of representatives from state associations, terming the move “not prudent”.
However, the three-member Committee of Administrators (CoA), which runs football in the country, is pushing the elections ahead. It has appointed a Returning Officer who has created the Electoral College.
Candidates can file nomination papers from August 17 to 19 and reach the Returning Officer personally or by post.
The Sports Ministry, the COA and FIFA are discussing the conclusive shape of the AIFF constitution.
Shabbir Ali and Manoranjan Bhattacharya, the offensive and defensive arm of the Indian team of the 70s and 80s, began their careers four and eight years after India’s last medal at the Asian Games – a bronze in 1970 in Bangkok.
Midfielder Prashant Banerjee, said to be the first Indian player to earn Rs 1 lakh a season, and the agile Babu Mani formed the Electoral College, along with his former teammate Biswajit Bhattacharya, who was India’s only goal scorer in 1984. Nehru Cup against Poland.
Former national team captain and goalkeeper Atanu Bhattacharya, who made it to the Asian All-Star team, is another big name in this list. Others include Alok Mukherjee, Brahmanand, Tarun De and Parminder Singh. He formed the core of the Indian team in the 1984 AFC Asian Cup.
If half of the 24 former players are from the older generation, the other half are from IM Vijayan and Bhaichung Bhutia, who were the poster boys of Indian football until recently. Sunil Chhetri Took the reins from him.
Joe Paul Anchery and bruno coutinho He was among those in Vijayan’s generation who were a few years senior to the players under Bhutia’s captaincy.
Indeed, Bhutia at a media conference in Gangtok on Sunday named Bruno and Vijayan as capable people to hold the top post.
Former India captain and current national team assistant coach S Venkatesh has not been included in the list due to “conflict of interest being on the pay rolls of AIFF”. Same is the case with former India defender Mahesh Gawli who is in the support staff of Indian Arrows.
former winger steven dias He was also not included because of an “inconsistency” in the number of matches he played.
Incidentally, out of 12 female former footballers, seven are from Manipur. With three footballers on the men’s list, the small northeastern state has 10 of the 36 eminent players, which is almost a third of the total.
Of the 24 male eminent sportspersons of Bengal, 11 are members.
Among the representatives of the state association, the nominations of Subrata Dutta, veteran administrator of the Football Association of India (West Bengal) and Larsing Ming (Meghalaya) have been rejected by the returning officer of the election, Umesh Sinha.
Both have been on the AIFF executive committee three times, making them ineligible to contest for any post for the next four as per a clause of the National Sports Code.
Dutta has been the senior vice-president of AIFF during the reign of deposed president Praful Patel.
It is revealed that both Dutta and Ming plan to send a protest letter questioning the veracity of the decision taken by the Returning Officer.
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