Indian Football

Indian Football: Igor Stimac's Contract Extended Till September 2022 by AIFF

Arjun Singh Devgan
Igor Stimac's term as India head coach has been extended till September 2022
Igor Stimac's term as India head coach has been extended till September 2022 / Pakawich Damrongkiattisak/Getty Images

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) have extended India national head team coach, Igor Stimac's contract till September 2022, with the Federation keeping an eye on the 2023 AFC Asian Cup.

Stimac's initial contract was initially set to run out in September 2021 with the previous extension coming in May this year, with the AIFF's technical committee asking Stimac to "come up with a detailed long-term plan to take Indian football forward together".

"All India Football Federation’s Technical Committee under the chairmanship of Shyam Thapa met via a video conference where 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 the emergence of the future generation of the Blue Tigers in the National Team set-up," the AIFF said in a statement.

“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 Chairman requested Stimac to come up with a detailed long term plan to take Indian Football forward together."

Stimac who was appointed as head coach in May, 2019 led the Blue Tigers in the 2022 World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers, and while they could not advance to the next round of World Cup qualifiers - the side managed to qualify for the third round of the Asian Cup after finishing third in their group.