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AIFF ExCo extend contract of India coach Wim Koevermans

Praful Patel (President, All India Football Federation)

Praful Patel (President, All India Football Federation)

The President of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Praful Patel chaired the Executive Committee Meeting at the All India Football Federation Headquarters, the Football House, in the capital on Wednesday.

Besides, AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das, Senior Vice-President Subrata Dutta, Vice-Presidents Shrinivas V. Dempo, K.M.I. Mather and all other members, except Vice-Presidents Larsing Ming, Subhash Chopra, Treasurer Hardev Jadeja and Sara Pilot also attended the meeting. The committee unanimously decided on the following points:

The Executive Committee congratulated the Indian national team for their splendid display in the two back-to-back International Friendlies against the 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,” Patel maintained.

The committee also congratulated Sunil Chhetri for becoming the highest-ever Indian goalscorer in international football.

“I wish him all the luck and hope he scores many more for the cause of the Nation,” Patel stated.

As per the recommendation of the AIFF Technical Committee which met earlier this month, the contract of national coach Wim Koevermans and Technical Director Robert Baan were extended.

Koevermans’ contract was extended till October 2014. Besides the National team, Koevermans will also be in charge on India’s campaign in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.

Furthermore, Technical Director Robert Baan’s contract was extended by a year.

The Executive Committee also re-appointed Kushal Das as the General Secretary of the AIFF for another three years.

Meanwhile, the committee decided that AIFF’s Annual General Body Meeting would be held on December 20, 2013. A SGM will also be held on the day for proposed changes in AIFF Constitution.

The final round of the 2nd Division I-League would be held in Silchar and Aizawl while the final round of the U-19 I-League will be held in Jamshedpur.

Meanwhile, the decisions taken by the Finance Committee and the Emergency Committee were also ratified by the Executive Committee.

The committee discussed at length about appeal from Naseem Akhtar and referred the issue to the Disciplinary Committee.

Scott O’Donell, Technical Director, AIFF Academies, made a presentation on ‘Grassroots Football Policy Framework.’

IMG-R representatives were also present in the Meeting.

(Report & Picture courtesy AIFF Media)