The former Indian national football team captain Bhaichung Bhutia will lead the talent hunt program as he joins the Premier Futsal League as a talent director. He will join the Premier Futsal despite being involved in his role as Advisor with the All India Football Federation (AIFF), which does not recognize the venture. The football great will spearhead the Indian amateur talent hunt program.

“Premier Futsal League has emerged as a category defining offering in the Indian sporting landscape since its introduction last year. It has enabled youngsters in the country to take up the sport and provided a boost to the skill development amongst youth. It is a great honour for me to be a part of such a tournament and I hope we can provide an impetus for more and more aspiring talent to be a part of the Premier Futsal platform.” Bhutia said this in a press release.

“It is a matter of great pride and honour for us to have a personality of Bhaichung’s stature to be a part of Premier Futsal.We welcome Bhaichung to the Premier Futsal family and look forward to a successful association with him.” Premier Futsal League Managing Director Dinesh Raj said welcoming the former Indian striker on board.

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Premier Futsal is endorsed by football legend Luis Figo. GLobal football icons such as Ronaldinho and Ryan Giggs were part of the league in 2016. The Brazilian star is expected to play a major role in the upcoming season as well and he will be present in Mumbai for an announcement on Friday.