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Indian football team’s performance in Asian Games was satisfactory: AIFF’s technical committee

The Indian soccer staff which performed in 2023 Asian Video games in Hangzhou, China. Picture credit score: X/@IndianFootball

The Indian males’s soccer staff’s efficiency within the current Asian Video games in Hangzhou was on Wednesday described as “satisfactory under the circumstances” by the nationwide federation’s (AIFF) technical committee. A rag-tag Indian staff with simply Sunil Chhetri and Sandesh Jhingan as notable names was assembled within the eleventh hour after the Indian Tremendous League golf equipment refused to launch their gamers named within the authentic squad.

The staff reached Hangzhou simply hours earlier than the primary group match and the technique classes had been held in flight and on transit. However the aspect nonetheless reached the knock-out spherical solely to lose to Saudi Arabia within the spherical of 16.

“The technical committee felt the performance of the men’s team was satisfactory considering the circumstances where the team reached just before the tournament and many players in the original squad were not there,” All India Soccer Federation (AIFF) secretary normal Shaji Prabhakaran instructed PTI.

“Moreover, the team did better (in Hangzhou) than the last edition (2014) where India crashed out in the group stage,” he added.

The technical committee assembly, held just about, was chaired by former India captain IM Vijayan and attended by Prabhakaran, technical director Syed Sabir Pasha, and members Pinky Bompal Magar, Harjinder Singh, Arun Malhotra, Climax Lawrence and Eugeneson Lyngdoh.

Prabhakaran stated the technical committee didn’t talk about something particular referring to India head coach Igor Stimac, whose contract was prolonged by two years after the Asian Video games marketing campaign.

Earlier, Stimac was requested to take the nationwide staff to the quarterfinals of the AFC Asian Cup in January subsequent yr or face the axe.

The technical committee members additionally advisable that the matter of gamers being launched by golf equipment for tournaments just like the Asian Video games be mentioned on the subsequent Govt Committee assembly, the AIFF stated in a launch.

The Vijayan-led committee additionally advisable that the nationwide ladies’s staff be given longer preparation time and pleasant matches to organize for such huge occasions just like the Asian Video games.

“Members of the (technical) committee agreed that the senior women’s national team performed admirably against tough opponents like Thailand and the Chinese Taipei in the Asian Games,” the discharge stated.

In one other important growth, the technical committee advisable former defender and present India assistant coach Mahesh Gawli to take cost of growing gamers from under-20 onwards.

Gawli, who was named India U-23 coach on the similar time of Stimac’s contract extension, was additionally advisable by the technical committee to steer the mission for the event of different junior groups, as a way to streamline the development of the gamers.

“The idea is to give Gawli the responsibility of developing players from 20 years of age onwards. You cannot build U-23 team if you don’t know the players from 20 years of age onwards. You will need two years to reach to U-23 level,” Prabhakaran stated.

The AIFF, for the primary time in three years, has organised the sub-junior and junior ladies’s nationwide soccer championships.

Whereas the technical committee felt that India was lagging behind in junior soccer on the home stage, the graduation of such nationwide championships, together with the junior elite leagues and Khelo India, will assist bridge that hole.

The Committee additionally advised the federation create a database for the U-19 gamers as a way to monitor and monitor their progress.



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