AIFF trio get contract extensions

The Indian FA's Executive Committee lauded Sunil Chhetri on his achievement of becoming the nation’s highest goal scorer...

Indian football fans across the globe can rejoice. At a recently concluded Executive committee plenum, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) unanimously agreed to extend the contract of India’s national football coach, Wim Koevermans. The Dutchman will now oversee duties up to October 2014.

Koevermans will also be involved in overseeing India’s preparations for the 2014 Asian Games. Along with Koevermans, Technical Director Rob Baan’s contract was furthered by a year too. Recommendations for both contract extensions were made by the AIFF technical committee, which had met last month.

The committee, which was chaired by AIFF President Praful Patel, then took the opportunity to congratulate Sunil Chhetri on surpassing Bhaichung Bhutia and becoming the nation’s leading goal scorer with a tally of forty three goals in seventy three appearances.

“I wish him all the luck and hope he scores many more for the cause of the nation,” stated Patel who also congratulated the national team for the good displays put in against Philippines and Nepal. “I congratulate the players, coach Wim Koevermans and the support staff for their effort. The results create a positive environment for Indian football in the future.”  

Kushal Das had his tenure as the AIFF general secretary extended for the next three years.  The committee also decided and fixed the date of its annual body meeting as December 20th.

The meeting also took due notice of the appeal by Naseem Akhtar, who had been banned for life following his decision to not partake in the Santosh Trophy Championships in Kerala for Uttar Pradesh (UP), after having his request for better training facilities for his team turned down. The chairpersons referred the matter to the Disciplinary Committee.

The Committee also witnessed a presentation by Scott O’Donnell, the Technical Director of the AIFF academies, on ‘Grassroots Football Policy Framework’, besides ratifying a swathe of decisions as taken by the Financial and Emergency committee.

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