Take team to Asian Cup quarters or face axe: Stimac “accepts” AIFF’s new contract

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The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has supplied a recent contract to head coach Igor Stimac with a rider — information the boys’s team to Asian Cup quarter-final or face the axe.

The former Croatian World Cupper is at the moment in Kolkata, the place the nationwide team is tenting for its Vietnam journey and the AIFF bigwigs are anticipated to talk about the modalities of the contract with him as soon as the journey is over.

However, when PTI contacted Stimac, he knowledgeable that he had mentioned “Yes” to contract extension. The resolution was taken right here in the course of the second Executive Committee (EC) assembly of the AIFF’s new dispensation headed by Kalyan Chaubey and secretary basic Shaji Prabhakaran.

“The technical committee headed by IM Vijayan yesterday determined to renew his contract until the Asian Cup and it was permitted by the EC at present,” Prabhakaran advised reporters right here on Monday.

“The efficiency goal is to be top-eight within the competitors. If that focus on is achieved, then mechanically the contract shall be prolonged to one other competitors whichever is the precedence for AIFF,” he added.

It is known that AIFF doesn’t need to proceed with Stimac past Asia Cup or else such a goal wouldn’t have been given, understanding the efficiency graph of the nationwide team within the continental occasion over time.

The benchmark for the Croatian former World Cupper could seem to be a bit excessive however Prabhakaran mentioned it was “the technical committee’s resolution and is endorsed by the chief committee.” Sunil Chhetri-led India certified for the fifth time total, by ending as group D winners within the third spherical. This marked their first ever successive Asian Cup qualification earlier this yr.

As a matter of reality, barring 1964 when it was a four-team competitors, the Blue Tigers, who’re ranked 104th on the earth and nineteenth in Asia, by no means progressed past the group stage on the Asian Cup.

Stimac-coached India will embark on a Vietnam tour on Tuesday for 2 pleasant video games in opposition to Singapore and the hosts on September 24 and 27 respectively.

Asked whether or not the Davor Suker and Zvonimir Boban’s former teammate would settle for such a contract, Prabhakaran replied: “We don’t need to disturb him now, his focus ought to be on the team. Let him come again, then we could have dialogue with him.”

Padma nominations for Shabbir Ali, Arun Ghosh and Vijayan


The EC additionally confirmed that they are going to be nominating former gamers Shabbir Ali, Vijayan and Arun Ghosh for Padma Shri, whereas Manoranajan Bhattacharya, who can be a technical committee member, shall be nominated for the Dhyan Chand.

“Jeje Lalpekhlua has been really helpful for the Arjuna Award. EC permitted unanimously their nominations for the National Awards,” he added.

The AIFF govt committee additionally accepted the advice to discontinue their improvement aspect, Indian Arrows, and as an alternative create an elite youth league utilizing the fund.

“The males’s Indian Arrows team shall be discontinued and won’t therefore be taking part within the I-League. The funding could be diverted to making a new elite youth league which was once more permitted by the EC. The idea is to invet in youth in order to have a greater nationwide team going ahead,” Prabhakaran mentioned.

No resolution on age-group Youth League

Prabhakaran mentioned that construction of the Youth League shall be mentioned sooner or later of time.

“The construction of the youth league shall be mentioned and shall be shared with the technical committee for remaining committees. ISL golf equipment and others who run academies can even be engaged on this dialogue to use the youth gamers within the elite youth league.” He nevertheless mentioned there has not been any resolution but on the age group of the upcoming Youth League.

“We haven’t taken any resolution on the age-group occasions. The technical committee will take a name after discussing with numerous stakeholders. We want to have dialogue with technical individuals to discover what’s acceptable for Indian system.

“It’ll be an elite league — the cream ought to play. As of now, I don’t know about ladies’s Indian Arrows, so can’t remark,” he added.

AIFF to scale back event internet hosting charges

Among different selections, the EC has determined to scale back event charges for the nationwide competitions, and waive off U-12, U-18 gamers’ switch charges.

“There was a request from just a few state associations to scale back the event charges that AIFF costs for the nationwide competitions. It now has been decreased from Rs 25,000 to Rs 10,000.

“EC additionally waived off U-12 gamers from paying switch charges and in addition U-18 girls and boys groups to enhance participation.” Every state affiliation can even have an envoy to develop into the face of the state.

“They shall be distinguished faces from the respective states. Technical committee will finalise the names. They will play an essential position to elevate the extent of soccer.”

Vijayan needs Office league

On Vijayan’s proposal, the EC can even examine the feasibility to begin an institutional league to revive the establishments which have lengthy served the nation’s soccer.

The EC additionally determined to appoint a technical director to develop their scouting community.

“He shall be appointed 55 years or under and an Indian. A new scouting construction could be created to choose the youth team and there shall be a new head of scout after the TD’s appointment,” Prabhakaran added.

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