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Bhutia eyes for AIFF president�s post

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NEW DELHI, April 11: Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia has said that he will consider contesting for the post of All India Football Federation (AIFF) president in future.

Bhutia retired in 2011, after being Indian football�s posterboy for more than a decade.

�That is definitely something to be considered in future,� he said when asked if he wants to become the AIFF president one day, while answering questions on Facebook.

�At the moment I am focussing on grassroot football with Baichung Bhutia Football School and United Sikkim Club and also at district level (in Sikkim). In future, I will definitely consider it (the AIFF president�s post),� said the legendary striker who was known as �Sikkimese Sniper� for his goal-scoring abilities.

The current AIFF president Praful Patel has effectively been at the helm of affairs since 2008 when then chief Priyaranjan Das Munshi fell sick.

He was elected as president in 2012 and again in 2016, and is unlikely to be eligible to fight for the top job this year under the Sports Code.

The 43-year-old Bhutia, who was the first Indian footballer to have played 100 international matches, picked India and FC Goa player Brandon Fernandes as the country�s best midfielder at the moment.

�The most gifted striker right now is obviously Sunil Chhetri, there is nobody else. He has been scoring goals and the record itself speaks a lot�, Bhutia said. � PTI

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Bhutia eyes for AIFF president�s post

NEW DELHI, April 11: Former India captain Bhaichung Bhutia has said that he will consider contesting for the post of All India Football Federation (AIFF) president in future.

Bhutia retired in 2011, after being Indian football�s posterboy for more than a decade.

�That is definitely something to be considered in future,� he said when asked if he wants to become the AIFF president one day, while answering questions on Facebook.

�At the moment I am focussing on grassroot football with Baichung Bhutia Football School and United Sikkim Club and also at district level (in Sikkim). In future, I will definitely consider it (the AIFF president�s post),� said the legendary striker who was known as �Sikkimese Sniper� for his goal-scoring abilities.

The current AIFF president Praful Patel has effectively been at the helm of affairs since 2008 when then chief Priyaranjan Das Munshi fell sick.

He was elected as president in 2012 and again in 2016, and is unlikely to be eligible to fight for the top job this year under the Sports Code.

The 43-year-old Bhutia, who was the first Indian footballer to have played 100 international matches, picked India and FC Goa player Brandon Fernandes as the country�s best midfielder at the moment.

�The most gifted striker right now is obviously Sunil Chhetri, there is nobody else. He has been scoring goals and the record itself speaks a lot�, Bhutia said. � PTI

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