Premature end to Rob Baan's India stint

Jul 20, 2013, 04:01 IST | IANS

Technical director Rob Baan's stint with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is as good as over.

The Dutchman, who was admitted to a Mumbai hospital after he collapsed, was scheduled to leave late Friday night escorted by an Indian doctor.

Baan, 70, was unlikely to renew his two-year contract that ends in October and now an early departure means his stint with Indian football has come to a premature end.

He will be accompanied by the federation’s doctor Sandip Kumar. Baan was hospitalised on Wednesday night in Mumbai after he lost consciousness while assisting national coach Wim Koevermans in conducting the AFC Professional licence course.

A top AIFF official told IANS that given the Dutchman's health conditions it is highly unlikely that he would come back.

“He is old and not keeping well. Baan wants to have all his tests done in the Netherlands. And when he has made up his mind that he is not going to renew his contract, we doubt that he will come back,” the official told IANS on the condition of anonymity.

AIFF secretary Kushl Das, however, maintained that Bann is going back only for a regular medical check up.

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