Coach, whose contract ends by Sep, says he can take India higher
Igor Stimac believes his team's display of grit in their previous game against Afghanistan will set a precedent and hold them well in the future.
India football team head coach Igor Stimac has cautioned his team against Afghanistan, saying their players are physically very strong.
Indian team head coach Igor Stimac refused to read much into their higher ranking on the eve of the Asian Cup Qualifiers, saying it doesn't matter in present day football.
India has been drawn alongside Hong Kong, Afghanistan, and Cambodia in Group D of the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 final round qualifiers.
Indian men's football team coach Igor Stimac confident of improved performance from his goalkeepers
Currently in a preparatory camp in Pune, the Indian men's football team are scheduled to play Bahrain on March 23 and Belarus on March 26 in Manama.
India was part of the 2019 edition of the continental tournament in the UAE but bowed out in the knockout stage despite a 4-1 win over Thailand in their tournament opener.
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Heading into 2022, the sport continues to yearn for that big success story, that massive breakthrough, which will transform it forever, especially from on-field performance point of view.
The group-topper will qualify for the finals in Uzbekistan next year, whereas four best runner-up nations will also join them.
The 2-1 victory was India's first-ever victory against Oman at the U-23 level. But the Coach wasn't much willing to read into it.
"Chhetri's influence is a key point for this team. It is not only the goals he scores in the game, but also his leadership on the pitch. He is a role model," says Stimac
India won the SAFF championship title after beating Nepal 3-0 in the final in Male on Saturday to hand Stimac his first trophy as in-charge of the team.
India drew against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in their first two matches which had put them in danger of missing the final but the win against Nepal brought them back in the reckoning.
India have so far scored two goals in the ongoing SAFF Championships and both came through 37-year-old Chhetri.
The Croatian heaped praise on the Indian skipper after the latter's lone strike in the match handed the team three points in the tournament.
The struggle for survival in the regional event tells a lot about which direction the team is headed...
Although the form has favoured Nepal so far at the tournament, Stimac was optimistic about his side's chances of making the final.
The Blue Tigers head coach Igor Stimac has come under fire for India's failure to win enough matches in the recent past and he will be under the pump on Thursday.
SAFF Championship: We are ourselves guilty for not winning against Bangladesh, says Indian football team coach Igor Stimac
India lost the lead to a 10-man Bangladesh as their first match in the SAFF Championship 2021 ended 1-1.
Bangladesh have been a tough customers for India who had needed a late equaliser in the first leg of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers match in Kolkata to draw 1-1.