Kalyan Chaubey beat Bhutia, becoming the first player president at AIFF. All you need to know

Former goalkeeper with Mohun Bagan and East Bengal and BJP politician from West Bengal Kalyan Chaubey on Friday, September 2 won the presidency of the All India Football Federation (AIFF). Chaubey became the first player in the federation’s 85-year history to become president.

Kalyan Chaubey, 45 years old, beat the icon Baichung Bhutia, for 33-1, in an expected result from the September 2 election. Of the 34 state association representatives who met in Delhi last week, 28 have pledged to support the former Indian goalkeeper for the AIFF presidency.

‘Sikkimese Sniper’ Baichung Bhutia, also 45 years old, couldn’t even get her state association representative as a proponent or a second person to submit her nomination papers.

Karnataka Football Association President NA Haris, a sitting Congress in the MLA, won the election for the sole vice-president, defeating Manvendra Singh of Rajasthan FA.

Defeat Kipa Ajay of Arunachal Pradesh Gopalakrishna Kosaraju of Andhra Pradesh for the position of treasurer.

Kosaraju and Manvendra proposed and seconded Bhutia.

All 14 candidates who had submitted nominations for multiple executive committee positions were elected not to stand for election.

Who is Kalyan Chaubey?

In 1995, Chaubey graduated from Tata Football Academy and started playing as a goalkeeper. He won the award – “Indian Goalkeeper of the Year” – in 1997–98 and 2001–02.

He was a member of the Indian teams at the 1994 AFC U-17 Youth Championship in Iran and the 1996 AFC U-20 Youth Championship in South Korea in 1996, the senior Indian national team since 1999. until 2006.

He was part of the Indian team that won the SAFF championship three times. He has played the National Championship (Santosh Trophy) for five different states namely Jharkhand, West Bengal, Goa, Punjab and Maharashtra. He has played for Mohun Bagan AC, East Bengal FC, Salgaocar SC, Mahindra United, JCT Phagwara and Mumbai FC as a goalkeeper. He had a short term loan at Bangladesh Muktiyodha, Dhaka. He also played for Bengal Mumbai from 1999 to 2001.

In 2002, he tried his hand at German club 2. Bundesliga alongside Karlsruher SC, and the Verbandsliga Württemberg VfR Heilbronn outfit.

After retiring as a footballer, he had a brief modeling career. He then served as the CEO of Mohun Baagan Academy from 2010 to 2013. He was also the coordinator of the GOALZ-2012 Project, developed by Kolkata Police and the British Council for less fortunate children.

In 2015, he turned to politics and joined the Bhartiya Janta Party, and ran unsuccessfully in the Lok Sabha elections from West Bengal in 2019.

Kalyan Chaubey failed in the last parliamentary election for the Krishnanagar seat in West Bengal, never playing for India’s senior team although he was on the team a few times.

However, he has played for India in international age group tournaments. He has also served as a goalkeeper for both Mohun Bagan and East Bengal.

In fact, Bhutia and Chaubey were once teammates in East Bengal.

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