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AIFF - Rob Baan's contract was extended by a Year while Gen, Secretary Mr. Kushal Das for another three years..

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AIFF PRESS RELEASE : The President of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Mr. Praful Patel Chaired the Executive Committee Meeting at All India Football Federation Headquarters, Football House in the Capital on November 20, 2013 (Wednesday).

Besides, AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das, Senior Vice-President Mr. Subrata Dutta, Vice-Presidents Mr. Shrinivas V. Dempo, Mr. K.M.I. Mather and all other Members, except Vice Presidents Mr. Larsing Ming, Mr. Subhash Chopra, Treasurer Mr. Hardev Jadeja and Ms. 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 Philippines and Siliguri.

"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," Mr. 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," Mr. Patel stated.

As per the recommendation of the AIFF Technical Committee which met earlier this month, the contract of National Coach Mr. Wim Koevermans and Technical Director Mr. Robert Baan was extended. Mr. Koevermans" contract was extended till October 2014. Besides the National Team, Mr. Koevermans will also be in charge on India's campaign in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.

Furthermore, Technical Director Mr. Robert Baan's contract was extended by a Year. The Executive Committee also re-appointed Mr. Kushal Das as the General Secretary of 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 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.


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Ron Sanyal - An US NRI Bengali FIFA - 'A' coach visited East Bengal Club.

The coach (extreme right) donated some balls to Pandua Milan Sangha coaching cmp boys

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GUEST AUTHOR -:- Ron Sanyal : International FIFA A, B & C License Football Coach (STFP) Rio, Brazil, Member - National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

On a November afternoon, I was cordially invited by Mr. Kalyan Majumdar (GEN SECRETARY: East Bengal Club) to visit KEB Football Club to observe the new development/improvements made to their facility. I have visited the Premier Football clubs in Brazil & USA. These Clubs meets all the requirements of International FIFA standards & requirements.

  • As I Entered the club, the Electronic Sliding Gate opened to let me in. I was impressed with the Security system. Next to the entrance, I saw manicured lawn with room for Flowers to grow. It was very soothing to see such aesthetic/green garden. One could easily meditate & write poetry.
  • I saw the hall room full of Trophies proudly displayed specially, the ASEAN CUP
  • The conference room looked impressive
  • The dressing room for East Bengal players were the state of the art facility.
  • The GYM had all the exercise equipment that a Footballer needs to be physically fit.
  • Steam Jacuzzi & Sauna were available to the athletes.
  • Nutritional diets are advised.
  • Last but not the least the Showers/Toilets were very clean meeting International standards.
  • I was pleasantly surprised with such magnificent improvements to the Club Facility under the direction of Mr. Kalyan Majumdar, Hony. General Secretary. He has definitely raised the bar for other Premier Football club to In near future, the club facility should have small enclosed ground filled with sands where the players can play in the sands for better ball control.

    A Volley ball court or indoor Table Tennis board available to players for relaxation & stress relief. May be an indoor swimming pool for Aqua therapy/exercise if permissible by the Army I have also observed dedicated elected club officials doing an equivalent of a full time job going above & beyond their voluntary requirements.

    As I have noticed that these elected officials are always compensated either with a Salary or Compensation for transportation & meals in Brazil & USA. In order to retain competent executives/volunteers, a club needs to be thoughtful & considerate & reward their long tireless efforts to keep the club in high FIFA Standards.

    As they say, in USA, hold on to your "ASSETS". May God Bless KEB Football Club for the continuous improvements & strive for excellence.