I will definitely consider becoming AIFF President in future: Bhaichung Bhutia

NEW DELHI: Former captain of India Bhaichung Bhutia has said that he will consider competing for the position of All-India Football Federation ( AIFF ) president in the future.

Bhutia retired in 2011, after being an Indian soccer fan 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.

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At the moment I am focussing on grassroot football with Bhaichung 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 Praying patel indeed he has been at the forefront of affairs since 2008 when Chief Priyaranjan Das Munshi became ill.

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

Bhutia, 43, who was the first Indian footballer to play 100 international matches, chose the Indian and FC Goa player Brandon Fernandes as the best midfielder in the country at the moment.

The most talented striker right now is obviously Sunil Chhetri There is no one else. He has been scoring goals and the record itself speaks volumes.

The midfielder who has really impressed me this year is Brandon Fernandes of FC Goa. FC Goa has really done well. The way he had controlled the midfield for FC Goa (on ISL) and joined the lead has been fantastic. He is also on the national team.

Bhutia also felt that young entrepreneurs from Northeast India can contribute a lot to the development of soccer in the region.

Sponsoring clubs in this region, supporting local players and giving them some teams in terms of soccer training shoes, balls and others in whatever capacity they can do ...

Therefore, Northeast entrepreneurs, especially young people, can really do a lot because, like cricket in other parts of the country, soccer is the sport in the Northeast.