New Delhi: Former Indian football team captain Bhaichung Bhutia has been inducted to the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Hall of Fame, the continent’s football governing body confirmed on Wednesday.

“It is my pleasure to announce that India’s legendary player Bhaichung Bhutia has been selected to be honoured as an inductee to the AFC’s Hall of Fame,” Dato Alex Soosay, general secretary of AFC, wrote in a letter to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Wednesday.

Besides Bhaichung, nine other legendary footballers of the continent will be inducted to the elite list. The awards are being instituted for the first time and Bhaichung is the sole Indian to be recognised.

“The AFC is celebrating its 60th anniversary in the Philippines Nov 30 where a joint event will take place to celebrate the occasion as well as reward Asia’s finest at the AFC annual awards,” Soosay wrote in the letter.

Bhaichung thanked AFC for the honour. “It’s a great honour for me. I need to thank AFC for finding me competent enough. I also need to thank AIFF for their continuous support.” Bhaichung said.

“It wouldn’t have been possible without the support of all my teammates, coaches and the clubs I have represented.

“A special thanks to all my fans. This award is more for you than mine,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.

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