JKFA president elected as AIFF treasurer

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Football Association (JKFA) president Zamir Ahmad Thakur, was Saturday elected as treasurer of the All India Football Federation (AIFF).

In a statement a spokesman of JKFA said, “Thakur was elected unopposed as Hony Treasurer of the AIFF at its Annual General Body Meeting held at Mumbai on Saturday as the said post had fallen vacant.”

The AIFF had also nominated Thakur as chairman of its Competition Committee for the term 2013-2016 last year. Thakur, who has been president of the JKFA since 2004, has been instrumental in reviving the lost glory of football in the state.

“It is a great honor not only for Thakur, but also for JKFA. We wish him all the success and are hopeful that he serves football in the highest caliber by taking it to great heights in the country,” a JKFA spokesman said in a statement.

“His appointment has also raised the profile of J&K football in front of other States,” it added.

Football fans, players and experts have expressed delight over the news terming it as a ‘big development’. JKFA office bearer Fayaz Ahmad Sofi while expressing delight on hearing the news said, “This will be a big boost for J&K football. After the years of hard work the J&K football is being recognized now. I hope Zamir sahib’s new posting will be beneficial for J&K football,” he said.

Last year Thakur was elected as JKFA President for third consecutive term in the elections held here. During his first tenure as JKFA president, the prestigious Santosh Trophy was held in the state after a gap of almost three decades in 2008.

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