New Delhi: The All India Football Federation President today appointed Sukhwinder Singh as the national coach of the Indian football team till the Doha Asia Games in 2006. Disclosing this, All India Football Federation President Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi told newspersons here today that Sukhwinder would have to work along with a new selection committee in choosing the team. "This has been decided to make the team selection a collective decision," Dasmunshi said. Dictatorial attitude Meanwhile the Chief national soccer coach Stephen Constantine leaves in two months' time. He has drawn flak for his alleged dictatorial attitude in team selection for various events. The AIFF has been wanting to terminate the Englishman's tenure for the last few months but have not been able to do so because of contractual obligation. And so, Sukhwinder the current JCT coach, gets back the job which he held till 2002. However, the AIFF Chief has not ruled out the option of getting in another foreign coach, who will be put in charge of other age-group Indian sides. He also said arrangements would be made to give international exposure to the side before the Asian Games. Exhibition match The AIFF will also hold an exhibition match at the Salt Lake stadium on June 4 to contribute money for the FIFA/AFC Tsunami fund for construction of a football training centre at the Lapaty Village of Car Nicobar. The two teams would be christened Bhaichung Bhutia XI and I M Vijayan XI, and a move was afoot to get some just retired international stars to make guest appearances.
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