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Sooner Kalyan Chaubey leaves: Ousted India coach Igor Stimac blasts AIFF President

Sooner Kalyan Chaubey leaves: Ousted India coach Igor Stimac blasts AIFF President

Additionally, Stimac revealed that his inability to continue as a coach was due to a lack of support from the AIFF

Former Indian Football Team coach Igor Stimac has criticized All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Kalyan Chaubey for his lack of commitment to the development of Indian football. Stimac stated that the sooner Chaubey steps down, the better it would be for the sport in India, which he claims is not progressing under the current leadership.

Igor Stimac calls out AIFF President Kalyan Chaubey

Stimac, who succeeded Stephen Constantine as head coach in March 2019, was dismissed from his position on Monday after the team failed to advance to the third round of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. Following his sacking, Stimac, whose contract had a year remaining, threatened legal action against the AIFF if his outstanding dues were not settled within ten days.

“The sooner Kalyan Chaubey leaves AIFF, the better it is for Indian football,” said Stimac.

In an extensive online press conference on Friday, Stimac expressed his frustrations, describing Indian football as “imprisoned” and placing the blame squarely on Chaubey. He voiced his dissatisfaction with the “lies and unfulfilled promises” that marked his tenure. Stimac accused Chaubey of prioritizing social media presence and photo opportunities with prominent figures over the advancement of Indian football.

“Kalyan only cares about being popular – recent media meets shows that. You say he is a politician, No one knows him even in Kolkata. We need someone strong and with backing to lead us.” he added.

“President of the AIFF gets pictures clicked with people in important position just for social media attention. He is now on a spree giving bytes to several influencers.” the former Croatian footballer said.

Igor Stimac hits at sub-par AIFF administration

Additionally, Stimac revealed that his inability to continue as a coach was due to a lack of support from the AIFF. He alleged that the federation is controlled by individuals with vested and private interests, hindering the growth of the sport in India. His outspoken criticism highlights the deep-seated issues within Indian football’s governing body and calls into question the leadership and direction of the AIFF under Chaubey’s presidency.

“In my career, I’ve not been sacked till now, this was the first time. And it was wrongly so – in my reply to AIFF I’ve done the same.” Former Indian football team coach said.

“It was impossible for me to continue without ample support, I was fed with full of lies and surrounded by people who have their private interests.” he added.

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