The Indian men’s soccer team has performed well under Croatian coach Igor Stimac.© Twitter / Indian soccer team

The contract of national coach Igor Stimac has been extended to September 2022, taking into account the Asian Cup qualification, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) announced on Monday. This was proposed by the AIFF technical committee headed by former Indian national player Shyam Thapa. “The committee has deliberated for a long time and agrees that, given the external factors that have had a major impact on the football world in general, the national team is all ready to begin their campaign to qualify for the AFC.” Asian Cup China 2023, head coach Igor Stimac will extend his contract until September 2022, “AIFF said in a statement.

The qualification for the AFC Asian Cup is to take place from February to September next year.

One of the most high-profile coaches for India’s men’s national soccer team, Stimac was appointed to the top post for a two-year tenure in May 2019 and has seen mixed results since then.

Stimac’s previous contract, who coached Croatia until the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, was valid until September after being extended on May 15.

While the team under former West Ham United defender may not have won many games, Stimac has given many promising youngsters on the team the opportunity to express themselves on the field.

The Croat led the qualifying games for the 2022 World Cup and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, in which they were drawn in Group E.

While they were unable to advance to the next World Cup qualifying round, India finished third in the group with seven points, reaching the third round of the Asian Cup qualifiers.

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Thapa, chairman of the technical committee, asked Stimac to “develop a detailed long-term plan to move Indian football forward together”.

AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das and the Association’s interim technical director Savio Medeira also attended the meeting.

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