Praful Patel was elected as a member of FIFA Council.
All India Football Federation President Praful Patel became the first Indian to enter the prestigious panel in a landmark development. According to a release, Patel got 38 out of 46 votes. He was one of the eight candidates vying for the spot in the election which was held during the 29th AFC (Asian Football Confederations) Congress in the Malaysian capital. A total of five candidates, including Patel, was elected in addition to the AFC president, and one female member.
In a statment, Praful Patel said, ‘I am extremely humbled. I express my gratitude to all the members of the AFC who felt me suitable for the post. The responsibility as a FIFA Council member is huge. I would not only be representing my own country but the entire continent. Thank you all for your confidence for rapid progress of football in Asia’.
Making the statement to the reporters, AIFF senior vice-president Subrata Datta said, ‘ Patel’s victory is a “landmark for Indian football”. Congratulations to Mr. Patel. He fully deserves this honour. His leadership has taken Indian football to greater heights. Asian football will immensely benefit from his presence as a FIFA Council member’