Abhimanyu Singh Jhala was elected as President and Shakeel Ahmed as Secretary of the Udaipur District Football Association for the session 2018-22. Dilip Singh Shekhawat was elected to the post of Treasurer.
All three were elected uncontested to the top posts at the Annual General Meeting of the DFA that was held at Chunda Palace Hotel, Udaipur on August 7.
Election Officer, Yogendra Singh Bhati informed media that the elections took place under the observation of Shakeel Hussain and Nadeem Anjum of the Rajasthan State Sports Council.
Yogendra Singh Bhati also informed that Syed Siddiq, Sunil Rogers and Umar Singh were elected to the post of Vice President and Chiranjeev Lal jat, Narpat Singh, Dayal Joshi and CT Premnath were elected to the post of Jt Secretary. The new Executive Committee comprises of Abid Hussain, Abdul Rashid, Om Singh, Narendra Soni, Janak Singh Rawat, Shyam Kumar and Bhupendra Singh.
Dilip Singh Shekhawat, who now holds the post of Treasurer, is also the Secretary of the Rajasthan Football Association.
As a follower of the sport in Udaipur, I fancy Shakeel Ahmed, who has been a familiar face at the Gandhi Ground, where he is seen mingling with children, while they play under his supervision.
Over the years, Shakeel Ahmed, who is D-Licence Coach of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), has mentored and coached around a hundred children, many of whom have gone on to play professional football at various levels.
Shakeel is a member of the AIFF program that works at grassroot levels, training children while they are young – 6 to 11 years. He is also a referee of the Rajasthan Football Association.
I would not remember all the boys who have achieved success under him, but of what i remember, the latest being Kaif Miyaji, who while still in Xth standard had gone on to become the Vice Captain of the U-17 Rajasthan team. Prior to this, Vedanta Kharagwal played at the national level in the U-17 National team; Kamran Khan, who played U-14, U-17, U-19 National level and then went on to play in the Santosh Trophy. Ravi Kumar, another student of Shakeel Ahmed, also played the Santosh Trophy. Vedanta Kharagwal and Trilok Singh Rao have also been selected for the A-Division professional league clubs at New Delhi.