Igor Stimac had a lot to say at the end of India’s highly successful AFC Asian Cup qualifying campaign in Kolkata recently. In fact, never before in his three-year tenure so far, had the Croatian spoken so much – the tone and tenor of his statement was enough to raise many eyebrows.
“You can hear things about changes (in the federation) in the coming months. There will be things that will come out and there will be conditions for me to stay. Something must change drastically and I don’t care who is on the opposite side – be it in the FSDL, AIFF or the government,” the former World Cupper was quoted as saying after India finished with nine points from three matches and assured their presence in the 2023 AFC Asian Cup.
Not everyone in the Indian football circuit is surprised by Stimac’s no holds barred utterances after the 4-0 demolition of Hong Kong. Some feel Stimac knows the All India Football Federation is going through a difficult period. So, the Croatian, whose contract runs up to September and needs a renewal, decided to up the ante.
But the Committee of Administrators, who are currently running the show at AIFF after last month’s Supreme Court verdict removed the previous…