The All India Soccer Federation (AIFF) has beneficial legendary former skipper IM Vijayan for Padma Shri, the nation’s fourth highest civilian award.
The 51-year-old former India striker, who scored 40 targets in 79 matches for India since making his debut in early 90s, was bestowed the Arjuna award in 2003. He was additionally awarded the Indian ‘Participant of the 12 months’ in 1993, 1997 and 1999.
“Sure, we’ve despatched Vijayan’s title to the Ministry of Dwelling Affairs for Padma Shri,” AIFF normal secretary Kushal Das instructed PTI.
Six Indian footballers — Sailen Manna (1971), Chuni Goswami (1983), P Okay Banerjee (1990), Bhaichung Bhutia (2008), Sunil Chhetri (2019) and Bembem Devi (2020) — have earlier received the Padma Shri.
“I’m completely happy that I’ve been beneficial for the Padma Shri and I thank the AIFF for that. I shall be happier if I get the award,” Vijayan stated from his house in Kerala.
“I’ve served Indian soccer to one of the best of my skills and I’ve no regrets,” he added.
Vijayan, who led the Indian group from 2000 to 2003, used to type a formidable pair with fellow striker Bhaichung Bhutia.
On the membership stage, he had memorable stints with Mohun Bagan, Kerala Police, the now defunct FC Cochin and JCT Mills Phagwara.
He’s credited to have scored one of many quickest worldwide targets, managing to seek out the again of the online in simply 12 seconds in a match in opposition to Bhutan within the 1999 SAF Video games.
He had scored 4 targets to emerge as the highest scorer within the Afro-Asian Video games held in India in 2003. It was his final look for the nation as he retired after the match.
Requested about his debut match for nationwide senior group, he stated, “I performed within the 1991 Nehru Cup in Trivandrum.”Many of the taking part international locations in that match had despatched under-strength groups and it’s unsure whether or not the matches had been thought-about full worldwide video games. Romania ‘B’ group received that match.
Vijayan, who used to promote soda throughout soccer video games in his house city Thrissur’s Company stadium early in his life, started his profession as a striker with the Kerala Police Soccer Membership on the age of 17.After hanging up his boots, Vijayan arrange a soccer academy to coach younger gamers in his house city.