NEW DELHI, May 15 (Xinhua) -- Former Croatian international Igor Stimac was appointed as new head coach for India. The Indian side believes the Croatian could help them enter the World Cup finals.
Stimac has signed a two-year contract with the Indian soccer federation. This Croatian was a defender on the national team when Croatia reached the World Cup semifinals in 1998, and he previously coached Croatia's national team and Qatari club Al-Shahania.
India has never qualified for the World Cup. The country will begin the second phase of Asian qualifying for the 2022 tournament in September. However, the Indian side believes their new coach will make the team perform better in the future.
"Indian football is going through a transition, and I am confident his vast experience will guide us to higher echelons," Indian federation president Praful Patel said.