The technical committee, meeting here chaired by legendary striker I.M. Vijayan, discussed the performance of the Indian men’s team under Stimac and advised the AIFF executive committee to continue at the helm of things.
This will be Stimac’s third contract extension after he took 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 decided after the original host China withdrew 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.
Former India defender Manoranjan Bhattacharya, who had indicated that he would not continue as deputy chairman of the technical committee, attended the meeting on Sunday.
AIFF president Kalyan Chaubey, who was East Bengal goalkeeper when Bhattacharya coached, had previously said he would talk to the national team’s former defense stronghold to reconsider his decision.
“He (Bhattacharya) is on the team and we will work as a team,” Chaubey told PTI on Sunday.
Considered one of the best defenders India has ever produced, Bhattacharya is much older than Viajayan, 53. He played in an era before Vijayan and retired in 1989.
The Technical Commission has also decided to discontinue the Indian Arrows’ participation in the I-League due to the difficulty of meeting the AFC licensing criteria. The fund issued to Indian Arrows is now being invested in creating a new Elite Youth League in the country.
“The committee has also recommended appointing more female coaches across the country to the women’s national teams. The Technical Committee has also asked for new plans for the development of women’s football in the country, as well as the Senior Women’s National Team,” it said. the AIFF. said.
“…ways to improve coaching in India were also discussed by the committee, which insisted on ensuring that all Indian coaches in every age group are employed, so that they gain more experience to drive Indian football forward together.”
Earlier in the day, members of the AIFF’s Executive Committee visited and inspected the National Center of Excellence here.
“The new management will evaluate the project and finalize a revised plan after a discussion in the Executive Committee meeting on how to complete the project for optimal use of the facility,” the AIFF said.