The Technical Committee of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Friday extended the contract of national football team coach Igor Stimac till September. At the same time, Savio Medeira was appointed as Interim Technical Director, replacing Isac Doru. Croatian World Cup team player Stimac’s tenure was extended but Doru’s contract did not extend. It is reported that Doru’s contract ended at the time of the head coach of the Indian senior team.
On Friday Henry Menezes, Deputy Chairman, Technical Committee of AIFF chaired a meeting via video conferencing, which was attended by General Secretary, Kushal Das, and Deputy General Secretary, Abhishek Yadav. In the meeting, officials collectively decided to elongate Indian football coach Stimac’s contract for next four months.
“The committee unanimously decided to extend the tenure of the national team’s head coach Igor Stimac to September 2021,” the AIFF said in a release after a virtual meeting of its technical committee. Stimac was appointed to the post for two years in May 2019. The apex body said, “At the same time, Savio Medeira will take over as the interim technical directive of the AIFF, which was approved by the committee.”
A federation source said on the question about Doru that his contract has not been extended. Stimac is preparing for the national team in Doha for the upcoming matches of the Indian team’s 2022 FIFA World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers. The matches will be played after June 3.
Stimac’s contract expired on May 15. AIFF General Secretary Kushal Das told the committee about the roadmap of the team’s preparations for the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup which will be held in India from October 11 to 30 next year. The AFC Women’s Asia Cup is to be held in the country from January 20 to February 6 next year.