The Executive Committee of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) announced the appointment of Igor Stimac as the Head Coach of the Men’s Senior National Team Coach on Wednesday. The Croatian has signed a two-year contract to manage the national team.
Speaking on the appointment, President Praful Patel told AIFF, “Igor is the right candidate to coach the Blue Tigers. I welcome him on board. Indian Football is going through a transition, and I am confident his vast experience will guide us to higher echelons.”
AIFF's general secretary Kushal Das also spoke on the appointment as he said, "His (Stimac's) credentials as a coach, and experience as a player are sure to add immense value to the players, and the Indian Football ecosystem. The momentum gained needs to be sustained."
Shyam Thapa, a former India International player, also a member of the bronze-medal winning squad in the 1970 Asian Games and currently the Chairman of the Technical Committee mentioned that “Mr. Stimac’s recommendation was unanimous.”
He further said, “All the members of the Technical Committee including the AIFF Technical Director Mr. Isac Doru were immensely impressed, and convinced about him being best suited for the job. He is a World Cupper, and has guided Croatia to World Cup as a coach. Who else could have been a better candidate? He also impressed us with his extensive research on Indian Football.”
Stimac’s first assignment will be the Kings Cup in Buriram, Thailand where the Blue Tigers play Curacao in their first match on June 5.