India’s football coach Stimac slams AIFF after historic Asian Cup qualification

Author: Yuvi June 15, 2022

India's football coach Stimac slams AIFF after historic Asian Cup qualification

Indian football team head coach Igor Stimac attacked the national federation’s (AIFF) poor condition, a day after his team qualified for the AFC Asian Cup for the second time in a row. The AIFF is currently run by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA), as the Praful Patel-led federation violated the National Sports Code.

While immediate suspension by FIFA due to third party interference is out of the cards, Stimac questioned the timing of the issue, which has cast a shadow over India’s qualification for prestigious tournaments like the AFC Asian Cup.

“For such an important tournament, was this the time to do it? Was anyone wondering how this could affect the dressing room and the players?” Stimac asked, referring to the current situation at AIFF.

The final cast of #AsianCup2023 is set, here we are! – #AFCU23 (@afcasiancup) June 14, 2022

He said, ‘I am not understanding who is right and who is wrong. it is not my business. I’m just talking about timing. In such a critical time, this is happening, is there anything normal? “If they had waited three more weeks after waiting so many years, nothing would have happened,” he said.

The 54-year-old, whose contract has been extended till September, also did not say a word when asked about his future. “We didn’t have time to talk about contracts. We don’t even have a board. Nobody thought how this play could affect the players,” said the Croatian.

India’s qualification was sealed on Tuesday ahead of their final league match against Hong Kong when Palestine registered a 4-0 win against the Philippines in a Group B game in Mongolia. Stimac’s side celebrated their qualification with an emphatic 4–0 win over Hong Kong later in the day as it finished with three wins in top Group D – their best campaign to date.

Recalling some of the best moments of India’s historic win against Hong Kong last night #INDHKG #ACQ2023 #BlueTigers #BackTheBlue #IndianFootball – Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) June 15, 2022

#BlueTigers legend @chetrisunil11 equals historic Hungarian forward Ferenc Puskas’s record as he scored his th international goal against Hong Kong.

How many more do you think he will score#BlueTigers #backblue #IndianFootball ​​- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) June 15, 2022

Stimac further explained that he had come to India for ‘low pay’ when he had several offers.

“The players are trying to save my job. I came here on salary less than my market value. I had offers from others for jobs with better pay than what I saw in India. Coaches were never the problem in this country, you should talk about other problems,” he said.

“We see the future where we want to be. We want to be in every Asian Cup and we also want to compete strongly for the World Cup qualifiers, which was clearly stated at the beginning of my tenure,” Stimac said.

“Be it AIFF or Govt. Beware of Indian National Team. We represent India, if the country has the ambition to think where we can be, they should follow our motto,” he said.

India began their campaign with a 2–0 win over Cambodia and then a 2–1 win over Afghanistan. The icing on the cake came when they beat table leaders Hong Kong 4-0 to qualify as group toppers.

Vande Mataram Literal Goosebumps at VYBK Stadium last night !!!#INDHKG #ACQ2023 #BlueTigers #BackTheBlue #IndianFootball – Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) June 15, 2022

Stimac also laid down his conditions for staying here and said that he wants to make the I-League a breeding ground for Indian football. “Indian Super League already has a 3+1 rule. But we need to cut foreigners out of the I-League completely if we want to move forward.”

“I need players to play as a striker or a forward and a centre-back. I need a reason why foreigners are needed in the I-League. I will tell you 100 reasons why foreigners are not required in the I-League.

“Some things will need to change significantly. In the future, if I am here, the league will have to be stopped at my behest, because I think the number of days is needed to prepare the national team to go to the higher level,” he said.

“And the players we have picked will have to play in clubs… We are eight to 10 years late in our development program – eight to 10 years behind the top eight Asian countries. how are we going to get there? So let’s wake up,'” he signed off.

15 June, 2022, 9:32 pm

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