AIFF Electoral list: Legends of ’70s and ’80s set to ‘return’ on different turf | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: They mesmerized one and all with their expertise and ‘surefootedness’ throughout these heady Indian membership soccer days of 1970’s and ’80’s however former nationwide captains like Shabbir Ali, Manoranjan Bhattacharya could have a far larger job at hand in coming days.
Their prudence will resolve the course that Indian soccer system charts, after greater than a decade lengthy ‘One-Man present’ on the helm of affairs, which has executed extra hurt than good for the sport within the nation.
These two and 34 different distinguished internationals of their instances are actually a part of an unique voter’s listing to elect the subsequent governing physique of All India Soccer Federation (AIFF) with an imminent FIFA ban looming massive.
There are 24 male and 12 feminine former India footballers, who’ve been included within the preliminary voters’ listing of 67 for the elections dated on August 28 on the orders of the Supreme Court docket.
It options among the largest names, together with former India captains like Bhaichung Bhutia, IM Vijayan, Mauricio Alphonso, Climax Lawrence, Prasun Banerjee, Biswajit Bhattacharya, Bruno Coutinho, Oinam Bembem Devi, the lone Padma Shree awardee amongst ladies footballers in India.
As per rule, an ’eminent participant’ should have performed a minimum of two matches for India and should have retired two years earlier than the date of election.
The publication of the electoral school additionally dominated out an enormous politician working for the AIFF president’s put up. Former sports activities minister and present union minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s identify was doing the rounds as presidential candidate.
Assam Soccer Affiliation President Naba Kumar Doley, who can also be a BJP MLA within the state, is within the electoral school and so additionally Soccer Delhi chief Shaji Prabhakaran.
Any one who is a member of the electoral school and an Indian citizen can battle for the AIFF president’s put up.
These elections to the All India Soccer Federation are being held within the backdrop of world governing physique FIFA’s risk to ban India and take away internet hosting rights of Underneath-17 Ladies’s World Cup on the bottom of “third get together interference”.
FIFA has additionally expressed its unhappiness on the inclusion of 36 gamers within the electoral listing — the identical because the variety of representatives from state associations, terming the transfer as “not prudent”.
The three-member Committee of Directors (CoA), which is working soccer within the nation, is, nevertheless, going forward with the elections. It has appointed a returning officer who ready the electoral school.
Nomination papers could be filed from August 17 to 19 by the candidates and delivered to the returning officer in individual or by put up.
Sports activities ministry, CoA and Fifa are holding discussions on the decisive form of the AIFF structure.
Shabbir Ali and Manoranjan Bhattacharya, offensive and defensive bulwark of the Indian group of the 70s and 80s, started their careers 4 and eight years after India’s final medal within the Asian Video games — a bronze in 1970 in Bangkok.
Midfielder Prasanta Banerjee, stated to be the primary Indian participant to have earned Rs 1 lakh in a season, and nimble-footed Babu Mani made the electoral school as additionally their former team-mates Biswajit Bhattacharya, who scored India’s lone aim scorer within the 1984 Nehru Cup towards Poland.
Former nationwide group captain and goalkeeper Atanu Bhattacharya, who made it to the Asian All-Star group, is one other massive identify within the listing. Others embrace Aloke Mukherjee, Brahmanand, Tarun Dey and Parminder Singh.
They shaped the bulwark of the Indian group within the 1984 AFC Asian Cup.
If half of the 24 former gamers are from an older era, the opposite half are from the ’90s starting from IM Vijayan and Bhaichung Bhutia, who had been the poster boys of Indian soccer until not too long ago earlier than Sunil Chhetri took the mantle from them.
Different former gamers of Bhutia’s era within the voters’ listing embrace Renedy Singh, Deepak Mondal, Climax Lawrence, Surkumar Singh, Gouramangi Singh, Syed Rahim Nabi, N P Pradeep amongst others.
Joe Paul Ancheri and Bruno Coutinho had been amongst these from Vijayan’s era who had been a couple of years senior to gamers underneath Bhutia’s captaincy.
Former India captain and present nationwide group assistant coach S Venkatesh has not been included within the listing as a result of “battle of curiosity by advantage of being on the pay roll of the AIFF”. The identical is the case of former India defender Mahesh Gawli who’s within the help workers of Indian Arrows.
Former winger Steven Dias was additionally not included as a result of “discrepancy” within the variety of matches he performed.
By the way, out of the 12 feminine former footballers, seven are from Manipur. With three footballers within the males’s listing, the tiny northeastern state has 10 gamers out of the 36 eminent gamers, making up almost one-third of the whole.
Bengal has 11 members out of the 24 male eminent gamers.
Amongst state affiliation representatives, veteran directors Subrata Dutta –from Indian Soccer Affiliation (West Bengal) and Larsing Ming’s (Meghalaya) nominations have been rejected by the ballot’s returning officer, Umesh Sinha.
The duo have been within the AIFF govt committee for 3 phrases, making them ineligible to contest for any put up for the subsequent fours, as per a clause within the Nationwide Sports activities Code.
Dutta has been the AIFF’s senior vice-president throughout ousted president Praful Patel’s reign.

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