India's Football Team Suffers Historic Low, Raises Questions About Stimac's Future

India's Football Team Suffers Historic Low, Raises Questions About Stimac's Future

India's men's football team suffered a historic low on Tuesday, losing 2-1 to Afghanistan in Guwahati. This marked the team's third consecutive defeat in three decades, a dismal record that includes losses to Pakistan in 2005 and Guam in 2015.

Despite the presence of star striker Sunil Chhetri, India's performance was lackluster. The team lacked creativity and struggled to create scoring opportunities. Afghanistan, ranked 41 places below India in FIFA rankings, capitalized on India's defensive lapses to secure a smash-and-grab victory.

India's poor form has raised questions about the effectiveness of head coach Igor Stimac. While Stimac has led the team to some notable victories, including an away win against Kuwait last November, his tactics and player selection have come under scrutiny.

Some critics believe that Stimac has not been able to get the most out of his squad. Several key players, including goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu and defender Anwar Ali, have experienced a dip in form. Additionally, there are concerns about the team's fitness and energy levels.

One potential solution to India's struggles could be to allow Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) card holders to represent the national team. This would provide India with access to a wider pool of talented players. However, such a move would require a change in government policy, as India currently does not permit OCI card holders to play for the national team.

Despite the recent setbacks, Stimac remains optimistic about India's chances of qualifying for the third round of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers. He believes that the team can improve its performance with proper preparation and support.

Tags: #IndianFootball, #WorldCupQualifiers, #IgorStimac, #Afghanistan, #SunilChhetri

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