Take team to Asian Cup quarters or face axe: AIFF sets new contract clause for Stimac | Football News

CALCULATED: The Indian Football Federation (AIFF) offered a new contract to the head coach Igor Stimac with a rider — guide the men’s team to Asian Cup quarter-final or face the axe.
The former Croatian world champion is currently in Kolkata, where the national team is camping for their trip to Vietnam and AIFF bigwigs are expected to discuss contract terms with him once the trip is over.
The decision was made here at the second meeting of the Executive Committee (EC) of the new AIFF dispensation led by Kalyan Chaubey and general secretary Shaji Prabhakaran.
“The technical committee headed by IM Vijayan decided yesterday to renew his contract until the Asian Cup and it was approved by the EC today,” Prabhakaran told reporters here on Monday.
“The performance target is to be in the top eight of the competition. If this target is achieved, the contract will automatically be extended to another competition, regardless of the AIFF’s priority,” he said. added.
It is understood that the AIFF does not want to continue with Stimac beyond the Asian Cup, otherwise such an objective would not have been given, knowing the performance graph of the national team in the continental event at over the years.
The benchmark for the former Croatian World Cup may seem a bit high, but Prabhakaran said it was “the decision of the technical committee and it is approved by the executive committee”.
India led by Sunil Chhetri qualified for the fifth time overall, finishing Group D winners in the third round. It was their first-ever consecutive Asian Cup qualification earlier this year.
In fact, with the exception of 1964 when it was a four-team competition, the Blue Tigers, who are ranked 104th in the world and 19th in Asia, have never made it past the FIFA Cup group stage. ‘Asia.
India, coached by Stimac, will start a tour of Vietnam on Tuesday for two friendlies against Singapore and the hosts on September 24 and 27 respectively.
When asked if former teammate of Davor Suker and Zvonimir Boban would agree to such a contract, Prabhakaran replied: “We don’t want to bother him now, he should focus on the team. Let him come back and then we’ll have a talk with him.”
Padma nominations for Shabbir AliArun Ghosh and Vijayan
The EC has also confirmed that they will nominate former players Shabbir Ali, Vijayan and Arun Ghosh for Padma Shri, while Manoranajan Bhattacharya, who is also a member of the technical committee, will be nominated for Dhyan Chand.
Jeje Lalpekhlua was recommended for the Arjuna Award. EC has unanimously approved their nominations for the national awards,” he added.
New youth league
The AIFF Executive Committee also accepted the recommendation to discontinue their development, Indian arrowsand instead create an elite youth league using the fund.
“The Indian Arrows men’s team will be axed and therefore not participate in the I-League. The investment would be diverted to the creation of a new elite youth league which has again been approved by the EC. The idea is to invest in the youth in order to have a better national team in the future,” said Prabhakaran.
“The structure of the youth league will be discussed and will be shared with the technical committee for final commissions. ISL clubs and others who run academies will also be engaged in this discussion to utilize youth league players elite youngsters.He however said there has been no decision yet on the age group for the next Youth League.
“We have not made any decision on the age group. The technical committee will take a call to discuss with various stakeholders and will have to discuss with technicians to find what is suitable for India.
“It will be an elite league – the cream should play. At the moment I don’t know the women’s Indian arrows so I can’t comment,” he added.
Among other decisions, the EC decided to reduce tournament fees for domestic competitions and remove transfer fees for U-12 and U-18 players.
“There has been a request from a few state associations to reduce the tournament fee that the AIFF charges for domestic competitions. It has now been reduced from Rs 25,000 to Rs 10,000.
“EC has also waived 12 and under 12 players to pay transfer fees also for women’s 18 and under 18 teams in order to increase participation.”
Each state association will also have an ambassador to become the face of the state.
“They will be prominent faces from the respective states. The Technical Committee will finalize the names. They will play an important role in raising the level of football.”
On Vijayan’s proposal, the EC will also study the feasibility of creating an institutional league to revive the institutions that have long served the country’s football. The EC also decided to appoint a technical director to expand its scouting network.
“He will be appointed 55 or under and an Indian. A new scouting structure will be created to select the youth team and there will be a new scout leader after the appointment of the TD,” Prabhakaran added.

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