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Igor Stimac contract extension: AIFF adds STRICT clause to India football coach’s new contract, says ‘Take team to Asian Cup quarters or face axe’

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Igor Stimac contract extension: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has offered a new contract to head coach Igor Stimac with…

Igor Stimac contract extension: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has offered head coach Igor Stimac a new contract with a rider – guide the men’s team to the Asian Cup quarter-finals or face the axe. The former Croatian World Cup is currently in Kolkata where the national team is camping for its Vietnam tour and the AIFF bigwigs are expected to discuss the contract formalities with him once the tour is over.Follow Indian football LIVE updates with InsideSport.IN

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The decision was taken here during the second meeting of the Executive Committee (EC) of the AIFF’s new dispensation headed by Kalyan Chaubey and General Secretary Shaji Prabhakaran. The technical committee headed by IM Vijayan yesterday decided to renew his contract till the Asian Cup and it was approved. of EC today,” Prabhakaran told reporters here on Monday.

“Perstation’s goal is to be in the top eight in the competition. If this target is achieved, then the contract will automatically be extended for another competition, depending on the priority of the AIFF,” he added. It is understood that the AIFF does not want to continue with Stimac beyond the Asia Cup, otherwise such a target would not have been given, knowing the performance graph of the national team in the continental event over the years.

Igor Stimac contract extension: AIFF adds STRICT clause to India football coach’s new contract, says ‘Take team to Asian Cup quarters or face axe’

The benchmark for the former Croatian World Cup may seem a bit high, but Prabhakaran said it was “the decision of the technical committee and is approved by the executive committee.” Sunil Chhetri-led India qualified for the fifth time overall by finishing as Group D -winners in the third round This marked their first consecutive Asian Cup qualification earlier this year.

In fact, apart from 1964 when it was a four-team competition, the Blue Tigers, who are ranked 104th in the world and 19th in Asia, have never progressed beyond the group stage of the Asian Cup. Stimac-coached India embark on a Vietnam tour on Tuesday for two friendlies against Singapore and the hosts on September 24 and 27.

Asked whether Davor Suker and Zvonimir Boban’s former teammate would accept such a contract, Prabhakaran said: “We don’t want to disturb him now, his focus should be on the team. Let him come back and we will have a discussion with him.

” Padma nominations for Shabbir Ali, Arun Ghosh and Vijayan EC also confirmed that they will nominate former players Shabbir Ali, Vijayan and Arun Ghosh for the Padma Shri, while Manoranajan Bhattacharya, who is also a member of the technical committee, will be nominated for the Dhyan Chand.

Igor Stimac contract extension: AIFF adds STRICT clause to India football coach’s new contract, says ‘Take team to Asian Cup quarters or face axe’

“Jeje Lalpekhlua has been recommended for the Arjuna Award. The EC unanimously approved their nominations for the National Awards,” he added. The AIFF’s executive committee also accepted the recommendation to discontinue their development side, the Indian Arrows, and instead set up an elite youth league with the help of the foundation.

Igor Stimac contract extension: AIFF adds STRICT clause to India football coach’s new contract, says ‘Take team to Asian Cup quarters or face axe’

“The men’s Indian Arrows team will be suspended and will therefore not participate in the I-League. The investment would be redirected to create a new elite youth league, which was again approved by the EC.

The idea is to invest in the youth to have a better national team going forward,” said Prabhakaran. “The structure of the youth league will be discussed and will be shared with the technical committee for the final committee.

ISL clubs and others running academies will also be engaged in this discussion to utilize the youth players in the elite youth league.
However, he said that no decision has yet been taken on the age group for the upcoming Youth League.

“We have not made any decision about the age group. The technical committee will take a call to discuss with various stakeholders and will have a discussion with technical people to find what is appropriate for India. “It will be an elite league – the cream will play. Right now I don’t know about women’s Indian Arrows so I can’t comment,” he added.

Among other decisions, the EC has decided to reduce tournament fees for the national competitions and waive the U-12, U-18
players’ transfer fees. “There was a request from a few state associations to reduce the tournament fees charged by the AIFF for the national competitions. It has now been reduced from Rs 25,000 to Rs 10,000.

“EC also exempted 12-year-old and under-12 players from paying transfer fees also for 18- and under-18 girls’ teams to increase participation.” Every state association will also have an ambassador to become the face of the state.” They will be prominent faces from the respective states. The technical committee will finalize the names. They will play an important role in raising the level of football.”

On Vijayan’s suggestion, the EU will also explore the possibility of starting an institutional league to revive the institutions that have
long served the country’s football. The EC also decided to appoint a technical director to expand their scouting network. “He must be appointed as 55 years or below and Indian.

A new scouting structure would be set up to select the youth team and there will be a new scout chief after the TD’s appointment,” Prabhakaran added.

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