Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia has been appointed chairman of the All India Football Federation’s technical committee, marking the Sikkimese sniper’s foray into administration.
Bhutia, who retired from international football in 2011 following the national team’s dismal showing in the Asian Cup in Doha, where it failed to win a single match, was the torchbearer of Indian football during a career spanning 16 years.
“AIFF president Praful Patel has made Bhutia’s appointment after the executive committee authorised him,” AIFF vice-president Subrata Dutta told IANS.
Former footballers Parminder Singh, Prasun Banerjee and Henry Menzes along with officials Lalnghinglova Hmar and Savio Messias are the other members of the committee.
It will be interesting to see what will be Bhutia panel’s role and how it will complement with the Dutch Robert Bann, who is AIFF’s technical director.