According to stories from News9, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has taken fast motion to alleviate Shaji Prabhakaran of his place as Secretary General.
This choice has acquired approval from AIFF President Kalyan Chaubey and is ready to be ratified by the AIFF’s govt committee throughout a gathering on the group’s headquarters.
Meanwhile, Deputy Secretary General Satyanarayan M will assume the obligations of this role. It’s additionally value noting that the AIFF has not but issued an official assertion on this matter.
Shaji Prabhakaran was appointed in September 2022 and his departure is reportedly attributable to variations in viewpoints with President Kalyan Chaubey.
Together with Chaubey, Prabhakaran collaborated on the ‘Vision 2047’ initiative for Indian soccer. It aimed to boost grassroots soccer and elevate India to a distinguished place among the many high footballing nations in Asia.
Notably, only a few days previous to his removing, Shaji Prabhakaran had publicly acknowledged that Indian soccer confronted funds constraints stopping the implementation of VAR lite. The VAR programs take use of 4 cameras to judge the offsides and keep away from errors.
In response to a fan’s inquiry on the social media platform ‘X,’ Prabhakarantweeted, “We don’t have funds,” regardless of President Chaubey beforehand expressing the opportunity of introducing VAR lite a couple of months in the past.
“There have to be some conspiracy behind this choice” – Shaji Prabhakaran
In a letter to the AIFF govt committee, Shaji Prabhakaran labeled his termination as an ill-considered choice. According to News9, Shaji wrote:
“As per the AIFF Constitution, it’s the Executive Committee that may solely dismiss or terminate the General Secretary. Thus, this termination has no constitutional validity and approval of the Executive Committee.”
The letter additional added:
“I have to say that there have to be some conspiracy behind this choice, which I’m not in a position to perceive. I have to say, it is a completely irresponsible choice at a time when the AIFF governance matter continues to be underneath dialogue and scrutiny throughout.
“I’ve labored with 100% honesty, and I’ve not made any choice that was unhealthy for soccer in India, and it’s a proven fact that I didn’t intrude within the choice of the Judicial Bodies for which I used to be pressurized.”
This information has undoubtedly come as a shock, notably when Indian soccer is getting ready for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers and the AFC Asian Cup.