Friendly against Bayern will be Bhutia's last

Updated: 15 October 2011 19:56 IST

India's friendly match against top German football club Bayern Munich Jan 10 will see Bhaichung Bhutia donning the national colours for one final time, All India Football Federation (AIFF) general secretary Kushal Das announced here on Saturday.

New Delhi:

India's friendly match against top German football club Bayern Munich Jan 10 will see Bhaichung Bhutia donning the national colours for one final time, All India Football Federation (AIFF) general secretary Kushal Das announced here on Saturday.

Speaking at a function organised by Bayern Munich at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (JNS) premises, Das said: "The ministry of sports is keen to turn JNS into a football hub and this match against Bayern Munich will only facilitate the process. Hopefully, it will be an occasion to remember for long."

"I am grateful to Bayern Munich for coming over to Delhi and playing a match against our senior national team. The match will also be the Official Farewell match for Bhaichung Bhutia," he added.

Bhaichung, who was also present said: "I always wanted to retire playing a match. I stay grateful to the AIFF for giving me an opportunity to play my last match."

"It is a challenge for me. I need to get fit and be in shape to play against one of the best clubs in the world."

The match will be played at JNS, which will soon be established as the hub of football in the country.

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