New Delhi:The All India Football Association will set the ball rolling to find a successor to its general secretary Alberto Colaco when the emergency committee meets here on Wednesday.
The committee will scrutinise the Curriculum Vitae of 37 candidates who have applied for the general secretary's post and that of 35 applicants for the I-League CEO's post.
Goa Football Association Secretary Savio Messias and former project director of AFC Vision India, Shaji Prabhakaran, are front-runners among the 37 candidates who have applied for the secretary's post.
Messias, a seasoned football administrator, has been GFA Secretary since 2003 besides having served Goa football in various capacities. He is seen as somebody who has deep understanding of Indian football.
Prabhakaran, on the other hand, is seen as the young and energetic face having a doctorate degree from the Laxmibai Institute of Physical Education in Gwalior. He has served as of head of Chandigarh Football Academy from 2000-2004 before joining the AIFF. He left AIFF a few months ago and is now a freelance football consultant.
Ian Stillie, who has served as chief executive of Scottish first division side Motherwell FC for 14 months till last October, is the only foreigner to have applied for the general secretary's post.
However, sources in the AIFF said there is very little chance of an outsider being given the top job.
"We will see his CV and may be, call him for an interview to know what is his vision of Indian football but chances of a foreigner becoming AIFF general secretary is remote," a member of the emergency committee said.
Others in the race for the general secretary's post include Chandigarh Football Association Secretary Rakesh Bakshi, Delhi club Hindustan FC Secretary DK Bose, current AIFF assistant secretary Gautam Kar and marketing division head Sukhvinder Singh.
Among the 35 candidates for the I-League CEO's post are current AIFF Competitions Director Anil Kamat, former Mahindra United coach Harish Rao, Olympian SS Hakim and three foreigners.
The CVs of the applicants for both the posts will be scrutinised by the emergency committee though it is not yet clear whether the seven members will shortlist the candidates or a panel will be constituted to do the job.
"In any case, the committee will decide on the procedure of the appointment of the two posts," a member said.
Colaco, however, is likely to continue till the end of the August 18-30 Nehru Cup in Delhi's Ambedkar Stadium as he has already been involved in the planning of the tournament.