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AIFF wants Igor Stimac to stay amid reports of him being shortlisted to coach Bosnia

Sep 28, 2023

Igor Stimac, the head coach of the senior football team, was reportedly shortlisted to lead the Bosnian national team one day after India advanced to the round of 16 at the Asian Games. According to the Bosnian website “Meridian Sport,” Savo Milosevic, 50, a former Serbian and Aston Villa forward, and Stimac are both candidates for the position.

According to the study, which was published on Monday, Stimac has frequently discussed how managing India has presented challenges. Stimac declined to comment on Thursday’s round of 16 match between India and Saudi Arabia, which marks the first time since 2010 that they have advanced from their group at the Asian Games. When HT contacted the Croat in Hangzhou to get his opinion, he responded, “I am focused on the game and don’t want any distractions.”

According to president Kalyan Chaubey, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) chose to extend Stimac’s contract one day before the news leaked. “We have told Mr. Stimac that we would like to continue working with him. Before the match against Myanmar on Sunday, Secretary-General Shaji Prabhakaran sent him an email confirming this, Chaubey told HT on Tuesday.

“Once Mr. Stimac arrives in New Delhi following the Asian Games, the specifics of the extension and the conditions of the contract will be settled. We don’t want the team or the head coach to be distracted before such an important game for India.

Another AIFF representative claimed that Stimac had long pushed for a new agreement. His reasoning, according to the official, was that India will begin the current cycle with a new coach unless he received an extension before the World Cup qualifiers in November.

Stimac, who takes over in 2019, was given an extension last year until the conclusion of the 2024 Asian Cup in Doha. After the competition from January 12 to February 10, according to the official previously said, AIFF is eager to extend a two-year contract to Stimac. India’s first match is against Australia on January 13, followed by matches against Uzbekistan and Syria on January 18 and 23 respectively.

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