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AIFF clarifies Igor Stimac's comments on Qatar stay and preparation

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) clarified India head coach Igor Stimac's recent comments on the conditions for the camp in Qatar.

Indian football team training in Doha; Credit: Twitter/@IndianFootball
By Shayne Dias | May 29, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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The All India Football Federation (AIFF) clarified India head coach Igor Stimac’s recent comments on the conditions for the camp in Qatar. Stimac had said that the camp has been ‘far from ideal’ and also stated they could have done this level of prep just fine in India. However, the AIFF have now expressed gratitude for the help given by the Qatar FA. They further stated that health guidelines must be respected. “There has been some misleading media narration over the team’s preparation in Doha wherein Head Coach Mr. Igor Stimac’s comments have been misinterpreted,” an AIFF statement read.

“The team management including the players, the Head Coach, the support staff along with the AIFF are grateful to the Qatar FA for their cooperation in their quest to help the Blue Tigers prepare for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers slated in June.

“Their support has encouraged us to put our best foot forward.

“The current pandemic situation has led to certain health parameters which needs to adhere to. Under such circumstances we need to be extra careful and follow the social and health guidelines.

Stimac backs AIFF stand

The head coach also looked to make clear what it is he meant. He also thanked the Qatar FA for their help during this time.

“There has been some misleading media narration over our team’s preparation in Doha. Wherein my comments have been misinterpreted,” Stimac said.

“From a personal and professional standpoint, myself, my team including all the players are extremely grateful to the Qatar FA for their cooperation in their quest to help us prepare for the forthcoming FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifiers slated in June. In fact, without their help, our preparatory camp may not have kicked-off at all.

“We are looking forward to the Qualifiers in June, and the boys are keen to put up a good show. All in an effort to bring some hope and smiles to the people back home in India.”



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