Indian football skipper and all-time highest goalscorer Sunil Chhetri has praised newly appointed coach Igor Stimac. He has said that the Croatian international’s experience will be very beneficial for the players and that they must make the most of the opportunity.Also Read - Sunil Chhetri May Retire After FIFA's Ban on AIFF Due to ‘Third-Party Influences’?
“He is a coach who brings a lot of experience to the table and I’m really looking forward to working with him. There are a lot of talented youngsters coming through the ranks for the national team and his experience would benefit us all,” Goal quoted Chhetri, as saying. Also Read - Sunil Chhetri, Manisha Kalyan Win AIFF Footballers of the Year Award
“His experience speaks for itself and it is upon us to take advantage of it. He’s been on the biggest stage of them all and knows what it takes to keep improving. Of course, India will be a completely different ball game as compared to the teams and players he has managed, but we are all keen to keep moving ahead,” he added. Also Read - Kaun Banega Crorepati 14: Aamir Khan, Mary Kom Join Amitabh Bachchan in First Episode, Watch Promo
Chhetri is also of the opinion that the only aim of all three — federation, players and new coach – is to keep India progressing.
“The Federation (AIFF) has appointed the coach with the view that we, as country, keep progressing. That’s the Federation’s aim, our aim as players and even the aim of the new coach. We will give this an almighty push and let’s see where it takes us,” Chhetri said.
(With ANI Inputs)