Bhaichung Bhutia appointed AIFF technical committee chief

Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia has been appointed as the chairman of the All India Football Federation’s technical committee, marking his foray into football administration.

Bhutia retired from international football in 2011 following the national team’s dismal showing at the Asia Cup in Doha, where India failed to win a single match. He has been the torchbearer of Indian football during a career spanning 16 years.

“The decision (to appoint Bhutia) was taken by president Praful Patel,” AIFF vice-president Subrata Dutta said.

The 36-year-old’s appointment had been finalised at the last executive committee meeting of the AIFF, and he will replace former India international Mohammad Habib.

The out-going technical committee consists of former international players Habib, Inder Singh and Pradip Chowdhury.

Bhutia has scored a record 42 goals in 107 appearances for the Blue Tigers. He passed on the mantle to current skipper Sunil Chhetri, who is just two strikes behind Bhutia.

Under his captaincy, India won the SAFF Championship three times, the Nehru Cup twice, the LG Cup, and the AFC Challenge Cup in 2008, which helped the team qualify for the 2011 Asian Cup after 24 years.

Read more :
  • Rafael Nadal faces Juan Monaco in Davis Cup opener
    World number two Rafael Nadal will open his Davis Cup campaign for Spain with a clash against Juan Monaco on Friday. The former Wimbledon champion's teammate David Ferrer will face Juan De...
  • Rebuilding
    Raffy Ledesma The Boston Celtics era of the “Big Three” is officially over.  It was reported yesterday that the Celtics are trading their core veterans Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett to the...
  • San Beda eyes second straight win in NCAA
    DEFENDING champion San Beda College seeks for a back-to-back win and an early solo lead when they take on equally tough Lyceum of the Philippines University today in the 89th National Colle...
  • Under-fire Ullrich gets Armstrong’s support
    BERLIN: Jan Ullrich has received support from former rival Lance Armstrong after Germany’s only Tour de France winner admitted doping with the help of Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes. U...
  • Ugly scenes can’t ruin Lampard milestone, says Rafael Benitez
    Rafael Benitez insisted the ugly scenes sparked by Frank Lampard's 200th goal for Chelsea in the 2-0 win over West Ham shouldn't overshadow the England midfielder's landmark achievement. L...
  • Jordan stun Japan to check World Cup progress
    Goalkeeper Amer Sabbah pulled off a heroic late penalty stop on Tuesday as Jordan stunned Japan 2-1 to reignite their World Cup hopes and foil the Asian champions' hopes of booking an early...
  • EPL collated: Everton shatter City hopes, Arsenal sniff Chelsea with Swansea win
    Ten-man Everton all but ended Manchester City's title defence with a gritty and controversial 2-0 win over the Premier League champions at Goodison Park on Saturday. Everton survived the d...
  • Cooper race announces winners
    The 3rd Annual Mini-Cooper Racing Event was held recently at the Batangas Racing Circuit. This year’s race, “Petronas Philippines Motorsports championships – Philminiracers Classic Mini Rac...