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AIFF sacks Igor Stimac as India head coach

Srinagar: All India Football Federation (AIFF) has terminated the contract of the Indian football team head coach, Igor Stimac after India’s disappointing FIFA World Cup 2026 qualification.

AIFF issued a statement in this regard saying senior officials of the All India Football Federation held a virtual meeting on June 16, 2024.

“The meeting was chaired by AIFF Vice President NA Haris and the others in attendance were Menla Ethenpa (Member, Executive Committee and Chairperson, Finance Committee), Anilkumar Prabhakaran (Member, Executive Committee and Chairperson, Competitions Committee), IM Vijayan, (Chairman of the AIFF Technical Committee), Climax Lawrence (Member of the AIFF Technical Committee) and M. Satyanarayan (Acting Secretary General),” AIFF statement said.

Noting the disappointing outcome of the Senior Men’s National Team’s FIFA World Cup 2026 qualification campaign, the members unanimously agreed that a new Head Coach would be best placed to take the team forward, it said.

“The meeting instructed the Acting Secretary General Satyanarayan to notify the current Head Coach Igor Stimac of its decision to terminate his engagement”.

Pursuant to the above, a notice of termination has been issued to Stimac by the AIFF Secretariat, and he stands relieved of his obligations with immediate effect. The AIFF thanks Stimac for his service to the National Team and wishes him well in his future endeavours, it added.

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