File photo of Indian men’s football head coach Igor Stimac.
Croatian Igor Stimac will continue as head coach of the Indian football team on Sunday at the Technical Committee of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), in which he recommends the extension of his contract until the end of the AFC Asian Cup in July next year. The technical committee, which met in Kolkata under the chairmanship of legendary striker IM Vijayan, discussed the performance of the Indian men’s team under Stimac and advised the AIFF executive committee to continue at the helm of affairs.
This will be Stimac’s third contract extension after taking charge of the men’s national team in May 2019 for a two-year period. In 2021, he was given a contract extension of several months until September of that year. He was then given another one-year term in office, which was due to expire this month.
“In the first agenda of the meeting, the Technical Committee recommended the extension of Senior Men’s Team Head Coach Igor Stimac’s contract until the 2023 AFC Asian Cup,” the AIFF said in a press release.
The 2023 AFC Asian Cup will be held from June 16 to July 16, but the venue has yet to be determined after the original host country China withdraws due to the COVID-19 situation in that country.
Stimac’s continuation was on the expected line after leading the national team to the 2023 Asian Cup Finals with a dominant showing in the qualifiers here in June. It will now be just a matter of formality for the AIFF executive committee to stamp its approval at its meeting here on Monday.
The first assignment for Stimac, part of the Croatian team that finished in third place at the 1998 World Cup after a contract extension, will be the two international friendlies in Vietnam later this month, for which a two-day camp of 24 probabilities has started from Sunday.
India will face Singapore on September 24 and Vietnam three days later, both matches being played in Ho Chi Minh City.
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