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AIFF committee should be active: Bhaichung

New Delhi: Bhaichung Bhutia, on Monday, said he wants the AIFF technical committee to play a big role in the development of the game in the country and not be an entity that meets once in three years as has been the case earlier. Bhutia, for the record, is the chairman of the committee.

“During my playing days, the players didn’t even know whether there was a technical committee of the AIFF. “I also heard that the committee met once in three years. But I don’t want this to happen. It will be my challenge to ensure that the committee plays a big role in the development of Indian football. We need to make significant contribution. The AIFF should use the services of the committee members and reap in the rewards,” Bhutia said.

Other members of the committee include former players Henry Menezes, Parminder Singh and Prasun Banerjee, along with officials Lalnghinglova Hmar and Savio Messias.

Bhutia was talking to reporters on the sidelines of a programme, organised by NGO Magic Bus, in collaboration with Asian Football Development Project, the brainchild of Fifa vice-president Ali Bin Al-Hussein.

Al-Hussein of the royal family of Jordan, and Bhutia launched the programme called “Kick for Hope” meant for underprivileged children. Bhutia said his club United Sikkim FC, who are set to be relegated, will look to bounce back.

“Of course, it’s disappointing. There is nothing we can do about it now. We did our best but it turned out that it was not enough.