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It's a new process, will give our 100 per cent: Chhetri on Stimac's appointment

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Indian team led by Friday welcomed new to the new set-up and said they are determined to give their 100 per cent on the field under the former Croatian World

The 51-year-old Stimac, who was part of Croatia's 1998 squad that finished third in France, was on Wednesday officially appointed as head of the Indian team. He comes with an experience of over 18 years in coaching, structuring and developing with players back home and internationally.

As a coach, Stimac's major achievement was guiding to the 2014 Finals in

"I'd like to extend a warm welcome to the new boss, @stimac_ligor on his appointment as of team. He brings with him tremendous experience of having coached on some of the biggest stages in We will do well to benefit from it," Chhetri had earlier tweeted soon after Stimac's appointment.

"This will be a process, one towards which we will be giving nothing less than 100 per cent. I've already spoken with the boys from team, and we have begun working on our fitness as we need to switch modes soon.

"When there is a change in at the helm, what doesn't change is our desire to keep improving. What I am also assuming won't change is the way all you fans have backed us. Let's all turn to this new chapter," he added.

defender Sandesh Jhingan said Stimac's experience will be of great help to Indian football.

"At the moment, are ranked 5 in the ladder, besides being the finalists, and him being one of the pioneers of that process shows his positive vision," he said.

"Personally, it's a big bonus for me. He was a central defender during his playing days, and had such a great World Cup in 1998. So it's an opportunity for me to learn a lot."

Sandhu said he is eagerly waiting for the first national camp under Stimac here.

"I am very excited to be honest. We have a busy year coming ahead which is really good for us to keep developing as a team. We need games like the King's Cup, and the Hero to challenge ourselves to grow. I am really looking forward, and very happy," Gurpreet was quoted as saying by Football Federation (AIFF) in its website.

"If we keep doing our jobs like we have in the recent past, I am sure we will grow even more."


Right-back Pritam Kotal also couldn't hide his excitement.

"I am very excited to have as our new coach. His experience will be a great addition to the team and we will look to go one better under his leadership," Kotal said.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, May 17 2019. 15:01 IST
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