After India's historic Asian Cup qualifying, coach Stimac takes aim at the AIFF.

Safalta Expert Published by: Aryan Rana Updated Fri, 17 Jun 2022 12:30 AM IST

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India coach Igor Stimac has criticised the state of affairs at the All India Football Federation (AIFF) after his team qualified for the AFC Asian Cup for the second time in a row.

Igor Stimac, the head coach of the Indian football team, has lashed out at the AIFF's chaotic state of affairs, a day after his team qualified for the AFC Asian Cup for the second time in a row.

Source: Safalta.com

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After the Praful Patel-led federation was found to have breached the National Sports Code, the Supreme Court-mandated Committee of Administrators (CoA) is now in charge of the AIFF.

While a FIFA punishment for third-party interference is unlikely, Stimac questioned the timing of the incident, which has placed a pall on India's chances of qualifying for a major tournament such as the AFC Asian Cup. If you are preparing for competitive exams and looking for expert guidance, you can download our General Knowledge Free Ebook Download Now.

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"Was this the right moment to do something for such an important tournament?" Was anyone considering the impact on the locker room and the players?" Stimac inquired, alluding to the current state of affairs at AIFF.

"I'm not going to argue over who's right and who's wrong. It is not my responsibility. I'm only referring to the issue of timing. Is anyone normal when anything like this happens at such a crucial time?" "If they had waited three more weeks after waiting so long," he remarked, "nothing would have happened."

When asked about his future, the 54-year-old, whose contract has been extended till September, did not mince words.

"We didn't have time to discuss contracts." There isn't even a bulletin board. Nobody considered how the players would be affected by the situation," the Croatian stated.

Palestine defeated the Philippines 4-0 in a Group B encounter in Mongolia, ensuring India's qualification ahead of their last league play against Hong Kong on Tuesday. Stimac's team celebrated their qualifying with a 4-0 win over Hong Kong later in the day, finishing with three wins to top Group D for the first time in their history.

Stimac went on to say that he moved to India for a "lower wage" despite having many offers.

"The players are attempting to save my job," says the narrator. I came here for a lower wage than my market rate. Others had offered me better-paying positions than the ones I saw in India. In my country, the coach was never a problem; you should talk about other issues," he remarked.

"We consider where we want to be in the future. "We aim to participate in every Asian Cup, and we also want to compete strongly in the World Cup Qualifiers," Stimac stated at the start of his mandate.

"It doesn't matter if it's AIFF or the government. The Indian national squad should be avoided at all costs. We represent India, and everybody who has dreams for the country should follow our motto," he remarked. India's campaign began with a 2-0 victory against Cambodia, followed by a dramatic 2-1 triumph over Afghanistan. The cherry on top came when they defeated table leaders Hong Kong 4-0 to finish first in their group.

Stimac also outlined his requirements for staying in India, stating that he wants to make the I-League a fertile ground for Indian football.

The 3+1 rule already exists in the Indian Super League. However, if we want to progress in the I-League, we must eliminate foreigners.

Facts to remember

Igor Stimac, the head coach of the Indian football team, has lashed out at the AIFF's chaotic state of affairs, a day after his team qualified for the AFC Asian Cup for the second time in a row.

Stimac questioned the timing of the incident, which has placed a pall on India's chances of qualifying for a major tournament such as the AFC Asian Cup.

Stimac also outlined his requirements for staying in India, stating that he wants to make the I-League a fertile ground for Indian football.

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