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Praful Patel elected AFC Vice President

Praful Patel elected AFC Vice President
Praful Patel elected AFC Vice President

Picture courtesy: AIFF Media

All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Praful Patel was elected uncontested as the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Vice President from the SAFF Region at the AFC Congress held in Bahrain.

The development gives India a significant representation in the AFC and Patel thanked all Member Associations for finding him “competent enough.”

“First of all I need to thank all for finding me competent enough. Indian football is undergoing a transition and it feels nice that our development progress has rung bells all over the continent. I take this as a complement for Indian football,” he told AIFF Media.

“This is a huge responsibility. I would not only be representing my own country but the entire SAFF Region. I stay confident of receiving support from all stakeholders for rapid progress of football in the region,” he added.

Under Patel’s leadership, the All India Football Federation was awarded with AFC’s President Recognition Award for Grassroots at the AFC Annual Awards 2014 in Manila. Furthermore, in 2013, AIFF had finished a close second to Japan Football Association (JFA) in the AFC Grassroots MA of the Year. Apart from that the AIFF had also signed an agreement under Australian Sports Outreach Programme (ASOP) with Football Federation of Australia (FFA) to support Grassroots Programme.

Furthermore, India have successfully bid for hosting the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup and the Indian Club Licensing system has drawn lavish praise from all quarters and dubbed as one of the ‘best in Asia.’

Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF congratulated Patel on the achievement. “We at AIFF are extremely proud of him. This is a major development for India’s football fraternity,” he stated.

(Report & Picture courtesy AIFF Media)