Indian Football

'Not a Single Player Will be Eliminated For One or Two Mistakes,' Claims India National Team Coach Igor Stimac

Arjun Singh Devgan
Igor Stimac will give opportunities to young Indian players in friendlies against Oman and UAE
Igor Stimac will give opportunities to young Indian players in friendlies against Oman and UAE / Pakawich Damrongkiattisak/Getty Images
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India national team coach, Igor Stimac has revealed that the young players in the national side will be given sufficient chances to prove themselves at the international level as he looks to build a team for the future.

The Indian team are currently training for their FIFA friendly fixtures against Oman and UAE, with Stimac choosing a young team this time around as the average age of the squad currently at the camp in Dubai is just over 24.

"It's fantastic to see guys at 19, 20, 21, 23 making it to the national squad. We are trying to build on the FIFA U-17 World Cup, and develop their knowledge. We are trying to make sure that in the next four years they become ready to play against the best, and win against them. It's a long process in football, and it takes time," he said as quoted by India TV.

"The young guns proved it in Indian Super League this season. It's now for them to prove at the international level. I will give them the chance to do so. What we are doing here is trying to make them relax, and explain to them that there is no reason for fear at the international level. They need to be themselves and prove to the world that they can play against the best.

"There is no reason for anyone to feel scared or have any kind of fear. Not a single player will be eliminated for one or two mistakes but we are trying to work on not to repeat them," he added.

India's first friendly takes place on March 25 against Oman in Dubai, while the game against UAE is scheduled for March 29.

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