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It's a win for Indian football, nothing else: Baichung Bhutia on FIFA decision to lift ban on AIFF

The ban on the All India Football Federation (AIFF) was lifted after the Supreme Court terminated the mandate of the Committee of Administrators (CoA). This has cleared the decks for India to host the FIFA Women's U-17 World Cup in October.

Edited By: Aachal Maniyar New Delhi Published on: August 27, 2022 16:52 IST
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Image Source : TWITTER Baichung Bhutia

India's legendary footballer  Baichung Bhutia said, "It's time to change the system," after world football governing body FIFA lifted the ban imposed on the AIFF.

The ban on the All India Football Federation (AIFF) was lifted after the Supreme Court terminated the mandate of the Committee of Administrators (CoA). This has cleared the decks for India to host the FIFA Women's U-17 World Cup in October.

"It's wonderful news. I welcome the decision of FIFA to lift the suspension on AIFF. It's a win for Indian football, nothing else," Bhutia said.

"I am extremely happy for our young players as they will now be able to play against the best in the business in their age group in the Women's U-17 World Cup."

FIFA had suspended the AIFF on August 15 for "undue influence from third parties" and had said the U-17 Women's World Cup "cannot currently be held in India as planned."

The suspension, the first time in AIFF's 85-year history, lasted just 11 days after the Supreme Court on Monday dissolved the three-member CoA, constituted by it in May, while modifying its earlier orders to ensure that India hosts the FIFA Under-17 Women's World Cup from October 11-30.

The 45-year-old Bhutia, who has also filed nomination papers for the post of AIFF president in the September 2 elections, said it's time to bring changes in the country's football administration to avoid another suspension in the future.

"It's also the time to learn lessons and bring in changes and reforms in the Indian football administration. We need changes in the system," said former captain Bhutia who was the first Indian to have played 100 matches for the country before his retirement in 2011.

"I feel Indian football can reach new heights if we have the right system, right personnel in the administration. I am of the opinion that our age group, as well as senior teams, can reach the world cups on merit in the coming years."

(Inputs from PTI)

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