Igor Stimac set to continue as Indian men’s football team head coach till AFC Asian Cup next July | Football News – Times of India

KOLKATA: Croatian Igor Stimac is ready to proceed as Indian soccer workforce head coach with the Technical Committee of All India Soccer Federation (AIFF) on Sunday recommending the extension of his contract until the top of AFC Asian Cup in July subsequent yr.
The technical committee, which met right here underneath the chairmanship of legendary striker IM Vijayan, mentioned the efficiency of the Indian males’s workforce underneath Stimac and beneficial to the AIFF govt committee his continuation on the helm of affairs.
This will likely be Stimac’s third contract extension after he took cost of the nationwide males’s workforce in Might 2019 on a two-year tenure. In 2021, he was given a contract extension of some months until September of that yr. He was then given one other tenure extension of 1 yr which was to finish this month.
“Within the first agenda of the assembly, the Technical Committee beneficial the extension of Senior Males’s Crew Head Coach Igor Stimac’s contract until the AFC Asian Cup 2023,” the AIFF mentioned in a launch.
The 2023 AFC Asian Cup will likely be held from June 16 to July 16 however the venue is but to be determined after unique hosts China pulled out resulting from COVID-19 state of affairs in that nation.
Stimac’s continuation was on anticipated strains after he guided the nationwide workforce to the 2023 Asian Cup Finals with a dominant present within the qualifiers right here in June. It should now be only a matter of ritual for the manager committee of the AIFF to stamp its seal of approval in its assembly right here on Monday.
The primary project for Stimac, part of Croatia’s 1998 World Cup third-place ending workforce, after contract extension would be the two worldwide pleasant matches in Vietnam later this month for which a two-day camp of 24 probables has began right here from Sunday.
India play Singapore on September 24 and Vietnam three days later, each matches to be held in Ho Chi Minh Metropolis.
Former India defender Manoranjan Bhattacharya, who had expressed his want to not proceed as deputy chairman of the technical committee, attended Sunday’s assembly.
AIFF president Kalyan Chaubey, who was East Bengal goalkeeper when Bhattacharya was coach, had earlier mentioned that he would discuss to the previous defensive bulwark of the nationwide workforce to rethink his choice.
“He (Bhattacharya) is within the workforce and we’ll work as a workforce,” Chaubey informed PTI on Sunday.
Bhattacharya, thought of one of many best defenders India has ever produced, is way senior to Viajayan, 53. He performed in an period earlier to Vijayan and retired in 1989.
The Technical Committee additionally determined to discontinue the participation of the Indian Arrows within the I-League due to the problem in fulfilling the AFC Licensing standards. The fund being spent on Indian Arrows will now be invested in creating a brand new Elite Youth League within the nation.
“The committee additionally beneficial to nominate extra ladies coaches throughout the nation for the ladies’s nationwide groups. The Technical Committee has additionally requested for recent plans for the event of girls’s soccer within the nation, in addition to the Senior Ladies’s Nationwide Crew,” the AIFF mentioned.
“…methods to enchancment of teaching in India was additionally mentioned by the committee, which insisted to guarantee that all Indian coaches are utilized in all ages group, in order that they achieve extra expertise to take Indian Soccer ahead collectively.”
Earlier within the day, the Govt Committee members of the AIFF visited the Nationwide Centre of Excellence right here and inspected it.
“The brand new administration will consider the challenge and finalise a revised plan after discussing within the Govt Committee assembly on find out how to full the challenge for the optimum utilization of facility,” the AIFF mentioned.

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