Indian Football

Igor Stimac Will Not Select Players Who are Unfit or Who Have Been Affected by COVID for 2022 WCup Qualifiers

Arjun Singh Devgan
Igor Stimac will only take Indian players who are match fit to Qatar for FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifiers
Igor Stimac will only take Indian players who are match fit to Qatar for FIFA 2022 World Cup qualifiers / Pakawich Damrongkiattisak/Getty Images
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Indian national football team head coach, Igor Stimac has reiterated that he will only select players who are fit and ready to play for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Qatar while also omitting those players or any of their family members who have been affected by COVID-19.

The Blue Tigers are scheduled to play three of their remaining 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers which are set to be held in Qatar after the games were postponed by a year due to the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, before the India national team departs for Qatar, Stimac has reportedly informed the All India Football Federation (AIFF) that only wants players who are fit and ready to play voluntarily for the upcoming matches, considering the pandemic situation.

The 53-year-old will not travel to Qatar with players who are not match fit or have been affected by the coronavirus themselves or any of their family members. This includes the likes of Prabir Das who is currently suffering from COVID-19, and goalkeeper, Arindam Bhattacharya who lost his mother to the deadly virus a few days back.

It was recently reported that India are awaiting clearance from Qatar in order to travel and that the entire squad will need to present a negative RT-PCR report, taken within 48 hours of travel to Qatar, following which the players have to serve a 10-day mandatory quarantine period.

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