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Igor Stimac says India needs a better football structure in the country

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New Delhi: Indian men’s national football team coach Igor Stimac urged for a better scheduling of the Indian Super League and stated that the uncertainty surrounding the All India Football Federation is not helping the national team.

Recently, India qualified for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup finals by winning all three of their qualifying matches.

“It’s clear that the season needs to be longer and players need more matches. They (players) needed to be treated and nurtured throughout for 10-11 months and that 6-8 weeks of holiday is more than enough. We have more things to be sorted in terms of the calendar,” he said.

“We might have problems if these elections are not started soon. We need to organise ourselves. This council (CoA) cannot be operative with football matters, what is needed for the national team, and other selection matters. Time is passing by and we are not preparing for what’s ahead,” Stimac said.

Stimac’s current contract ends in September 2022 but he hopes to extend his stay beyond his current three years.

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