The Indian men’s soccer team has given a good result under the command of Croatian coach Igor Stimac.© Twiter / Indian football team
The contract of the national men’s national team of coaches Igor Stimac has been extended until September 2022 considering the Asian Cup qualifiers, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) organization said on Monday. This was proposed by the AIFF technical committee, chaired by former Indian international Shyam Thapa. “The committee deliberated at length, and reached an agreement, given the external factors that have had a major impact on the football world in general, and ready to start the campaign with the national team to qualify for the AFC. AIFF in a note.
The AFC Asian Cup qualifier is expected to be played from February to September next year.
Stimac was one of the top coaches to lead the Indian men’s soccer team in May 2019 for a two-year tenure, and has had mixed results since.
Stimac’s previous contract, which Croatia coached at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, was in effect until September, after an extension on 15 May.
Although the team did not win many games under the command of former West Ham United defender, Stimac has given many of the team’s promising youngsters the freedom to express themselves on the pitch.
The Croatian was in charge of the team’s 2022 World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup standings, where they drew in Group E.
While they were unable to make it to the next round of the World Cup qualifiers, India finished third in the group with seven points to reach the third round of the Asian Cup Qualifiers.
Thapa, chairman of the technical committee, has asked Stimac to “carry out a detailed long-term plan to bring Indian football together.”
AIFF Secretary General Kushal Das and interim technical director of the Savio Medeira Federation were also present at the meeting.
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