The Indian players are practicing in Doha under the supervision of head coach Igor Stimac. (Twitter)
Former Croatian hockey player Igor Stimac was appointed the coach of the Indian football team for two years in May 2019. Savio Madeira will take over as AIFF’s interim technical director.
New Delhi. The Technical Committee of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Friday extended the tenure of national football team coach Igor Stimac till September and appointed Savio Madeira as interim technical director in place of Isaac Doru. Croatian World Cup team player Stimac’s tenure was extended but Doru’s contract was not extended, whose contract expired at the time as head coach of the Indian senior team.
“The committee unanimously decided to extend the tenure of national team head coach Igor Stimac till September 2021,” AIFF said in a release after the virtual meeting of its technical committee. Stimac was appointed to the post for two years in May 2019. “At the same time, Savio Madeira will take over as the interim technical director of AIFF, which was approved by the committee,” the apex body said.
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When asked about Doru, a federation source said that his contract has not been extended. Stimac is gearing up for the national team preparations for the upcoming matches of the Indian team’s 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers in Doha. The matches will be played after June 3. Stimac’s contract expired on May 15. AIFF general secretary Kushal Das briefed the committee on the team’s roadmap for the team’s preparations for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup, which will be held in India from October 11-30 next year. . The AFC Women’s Asia Cup is to be held in the country from January 20 to February 6 next year.