AIFF Presidential Election: AIFF freed from political grip, but international player Baichung Bhutia lost to former footballer of the domestic team

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Kalyan Chaubey, Baichung Bhutia

Highlights

  • Baichung Bhutia lost in AIFF President’s Election
  • Former football player Kalyan Choubey defeated Bhutia
  • Choubey is the former goalkeeper of East Bengal team

AIFF President Election: Eventually the All India Football Federation has got a man who has played the country’s first game as its president. This is a big change. For the first time since its establishment in 1937, the AIFF has had a former player as its president. For the first time in its 85-year history, AIFF on Friday got the first such president in the form of Kalyan Choubey, who has been a former player.

Kalyan Choubey defeated Baichung Bhutia in a one-sided match

Former great footballer Baichung Bhutia was also involved in the race for the post of president. Although Choubey was already being considered as a favorite, but there were also speculations of a good contest between the two former veteran footballers, but the results of the election were shocking. Choubey defeated Bhutia in a one-sided contest in the presidential election. The 45-year-old Choubey, a former Mohun Bagan and East Bengal goalkeeper, registered a 33-1 win.

International player Bhutia lost to former footballer of the home team

Kalyan Choubey’s victory was already looking certain as former captain Bhutia did not enjoy much support in the 34-member electoral college consisting of representatives of state associations. While filling the nomination papers of 45-year-old Bhutia, a resident of Sikkim, the representative of his state union also did not become a proposer or seconder. Choubey, a BJP politician who lost from West Bengal’s Krishnanagar seat in the last Lok Sabha elections, never played for the Indian senior team, although he was part of the team on a few occasions. Choubey has played as a goalkeeper for Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. Bhutia and Choubey were once teammates in East Bengal.

Bhutia, in his first reaction after the election, said, “I will continue to work for the betterment of Indian football in the future as well. Congratulations Kalyan. I hope he will take Indian football forward.

Karnataka Football Association president and Congress MLA NA Haris won the lone vice-president’s post. He defeated Manvendra Singh of Rajasthan Football Association 29-5. Kippa Ajay of Arunachal Pradesh defeated Gopalakrishna Kosaraju of Andhra Pradesh 32-1 to claim the treasurer’s post. Kosaraju had proposed Bhutia’s name for the post of president while Manvendra supported him. An equal number of candidates had filed nominations for the 14 members of the executive and were elected unopposed.

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