The All India Football Federation’s Technical Committee under the chairmanship of Mr. Shyam Thapa met via a video conference today (July 19, 2021). Leave of absence was granted to Mr. Pradip Kumar Datta and Mr. Sundar Raman while all other members attended the meeting. Mr. Savio Medeira, AIFF interim Technical Director, and AIFF General Secretary Mr. Kushal Das were also present.
National Head Coach Mr. Igor Stimac made a presentation on the performance graph of the Senior Men’s National Team wherein he highlighted about the change in football philosophy, and emergence of future generation of the Blue Tigers in the National Team set-up. Stimac has been on contract as Head Coach since May 2019.
The Committee deliberated at length, and reached a consensus that in view of the external factors which has had a huge impact on the footballing world in general, and with the National Team all set to begin their campaign in their quest to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup China 2023, Head Coach Igor Stimac be given an extension of his contract till September 2022. The AFC Asian Cup qualifiers will be played from February 2022 to September 2022.
The Chairman requested Stimac to come up with a detailed long term plan to take Indian Football forward together.