The coaches of the Indian football team were weeping over India’s defeat (Indian Football Team / Instagram)
Igor Stimak, the head coach of the Indian football team, revealed on Wednesday that he had tears in his eyes after watching footage of his team’s opening match of the 2019 World Cup qualifiers.
Stimak said at the virtual press conference, “I have cried many times after watching the previous matches. The first match against Oman was very important, it was to be decided from that match whether we will compete for the first two places in the group (and qualify for the next round).
“We lost due to misfortune or lack of players’ experience in such important matches and I will always cry because of that,” he said, ahead of India’s international friendly against Oman here on Thursday, “I am sorry, not for myself that I have faced similar situations during my career but for the players.”
Stimak said that no good player is playing in the I League, which could have been selected for the national team. All the players in the 27-member team are from the Indian Super League, which has become the country’s top-tier football league. He said that the team is starting from the beginning after the obstacle caused by the Kovid-19 epidemic and said that he will not expect more from the players in these two friendship matches. India will play the second friendly match on Monday from the United Arab Emirates. He said, “We were planning a lot of things last year like changes in the schedule of the season, more matches, Super Cup etc. But the epidemic failed the whole plan. The team had to start, although the players have played in the ISL but the international matches are completely different, “he said.” We wanted to give them experience of playing with strong teams, which will boost their confidence and in future. They will be able to play fearlessly. I told them that there should be no pressure on them.