Igor Stimac expresses desire to include overseas citizens in India’s national team


Beleaguered coach Igor Stimac has dropped sufficient hints about his inclination to include Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) in the national soccer team that stands shaken after considered one of its largest defeats in years.

An inexperienced India have been humiliated 0-6 by UAE in a world pleasant in Dubai not too long ago.

“Sometimes I get the impression that we have too much opinion of ourselves when it comes to opponents like Afghanistan or Bangladesh,” Stimac was quoted as saying the AIFF.

A member of the Croatian team that made the semifinals of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, he added, “Let me remind you that Afghanistan has allowed overseas citizen gamers to play for the national team. They now have 13 gamers coming from European leagues.

“They are competing in Germany, Poland, Finland, the Netherlands and Sweden. They also have two players playing in Australian clubs, and one player in the USA top division. Bangladesh has introduced a 3+1 policy, and their league is extremely competitive too.”

The Blue Tigers have received only one match, in opposition to Thailand, since May 2019 regardless that they did handle to push fancied opponents similar to Qatar and Oman.

The inclusion of OCI and PIO (Players of Indian Origin) has been a subject of debate in Indian soccer ever since Stephen Constantine spoke concerning the want for India to go down that route.

Stimac says he doesn’t just like the phrase experiment, a time period that has been typically related to him. He has handed out debuts to 10 gamers in their pleasant in opposition to Oman, which occurred 4 days earlier than the UAE sport.

“Experimenting is once you play gamers in positions they’ve by no means performed or once you swap to a sport system that you simply didn’t follow in coaching. Personally, I don’t just like the phrase experimentation and it doesn’t match with what we do.

“We didn’t deliver a single participant to Dubai who didn’t deserve it together with his performances in the Hero Indian Super League. However, due to sickness, harm or poor kind we couldn’t rely on Rahul Bheke, Seriton Fernandes, Ashish Rai, Brandon Fernandes, Abdul Sahal, Udanta Singh and Sunil Chhetri.

“We gave everyone a chance to play in their natural positions — in the same game system but against far stronger opponents than those they have in the Hero ISL. This was our only chance to see the new boys and work with them before the decisive qualifiers,” he stated.

The former participant added, “We came to Dubai with just one goal, to get an answer to the question of how much the new guys can provide against two tough opponents and whether we will get a few new names for the remaining qualifying matches due in June.”

To enhance, he stated the team could have to take the “difficult” and “painful” route as a substitute of enjoying in opposition to straightforward opponents. He additionally believes that the aspect has obtained higher outcomes underneath him than his predecessor.

“In the earlier 2018 WCQ India completed final in the group with seven defeats, one victory, with a complete of three factors and GD of -13 (minus 13). The Blue Tigers had suffered 5 losses in the primary 5 video games.

“Now, after five games played, with many new players in the team, we have three points and a very solid goal difference, and are on course to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup China 2023,” Stimac stated.

“Not to overlook that we held Qatar in Qatar, and that set of gamers are to play the World Cup subsequent yr. The Oman match was shut (in the qualifiers), a match which we must always have killed. But inexperience price us.

“And among the many two not too long ago performed matches, my younger set of boys fought gallantly to maintain Oman 1-1.

“If you want to compare the recent friendly matches, then you need to take a closer look at teams India has played against before, and with whom since I have been in charge. One heavy defeat will certainly not make us give up and return to the pleasure of defeating opponents who do not pose any obstacle in Asian football.”




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