Stimac Unlikely to Resign | Football News

Igor Stimac, the head coach of the senior India men’s football team, is reportedly unlikely to step down despite the team’s recent defeat to Qatar in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers. According to a member of the India contingent in Doha, Stimac expressed his heartbreak over the loss but also highlighted the positive spunk and attitude shown by the team, especially in their first match post-Sunil Chhetri’s retirement.

Stimac’s decision to continue coaching the team comes amidst speculation after he had previously stated that he would resign if India did not advance to the third round of qualifiers. However, the coach is currently on holiday and could not be reached for comment.

In response to the defeat, All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Kaylan Chaubey disclosed plans to host a three-nation tournament in September and participate in the Merdeka Cup in October. The final FIFA window of 2024 falls in November, but the future of Stimac’s tenure remains uncertain.

If the AIFF decides to remove Stimac, they may be obligated to pay a substantial severance package of approximately $360,000 (₹3 crore). This financial consideration, coupled with the federation’s tightened competitions budget, presents a challenging scenario for decision-makers.

Stimac’s frustrations with recent officiating decisions were apparent as he referenced prior incidents during matches against Malaysia and Iraq. Following the controversial equalizer by Qatar in the recent match, Chaubey has reached out to FIFA, AFC, and the match commissioner to address what he described as a “grave supervision error” and is lobbying for possible sporting compensation to rectify the perceived injustice.

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