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After quitting CFC, Sabir Pasha is in position to become India’s TD

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CHENNAI: Syed Sabir Pasha, who left Chennaiyin FC on Wednesday following an eight-year tenure as assistant coach, may join the All India Football Federation (AIFF) as senior men’s team technical director. But it all relies on if the former India forward receives the required approval from his employer, Indian Bank.

“We’ve been in contact with Sabir Pasha for quite some time… He’ll be an excellent choice for the position of technical director. But we can’t make a final decision on his hiring till he obtains approval from his company “A top AIFF official confirmed this to TOI.

Pasha, who has worked with the Indian Bank for the last 33 years, has been talking with his employer and wants to be appointed. The position of AIFF technical director has been empty for some time after four former full-time TDs resigned last year: Rob Baan, Scott O’Donnell, Isaac Doru, and Savio Medeira. Savio was the organization’s last Indian technical director.

Syed Sabir Pasha

After retiring from professional football, Pasha took over as CEO of Chennai-based Indian Bank. After finishing the training in Japan in 2010, he received his AFC ‘A’ licence and was named head coach of the Tamil Nadu football team for the Santosh Trophy two years later. He demonstrated his worth as head coach by leading Tamil Nadu to the final, where they were defeated by Services.

In 2013, the former international also served as a manager at the AIFF Elite Academy. The Elite Academy, a collaborative effort of the AIFF and FIFA, works on young football development in the country.

Pasha joined Chennaiyin FC in 2016 and has helped the club discover a number of talented Indian players. In February 2022, the former Indian striker also served as CFC’s temporary manager for four ISL games. He was now training with German coach Thomas Brdaric.

“It was an incredible eight years with this illustrious club.”It was an incredible eight years with this illustrious club. In this regard, I thank the owners and management for believing in me and enabling me to work for so long “Pasha said.

“I’ve experienced many ups and downs with this club, and it’s all been a learning experience for me. I would want to ask the fans who have been so supportive so far to continue doing so. I’ll sign out by wishing this club many more victories and trophies “He went on to say.

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