The inclusion of Overseas Citizens of India and Person of Indian Origin has been a topic of debate in Indian football ever since Stephen Constantine spoke about the need for India to go down that route. Beleaguered coach Igor Stimac has dropped enough hints about his inclination to include Overseas Citizens of India in the national football team that stands shaken after one of its biggest defeats in years.

At present, Indian Football team is performing very poor internationally. India have won just one match, against Thailand, since May 2019. India, under Igor Stimac, were humiliated 0-6 by UAE in an international friendly in Dubai recently.

To improve, Igor said the team will have to take the difficult and painful route instead of playing against easy opponents. He also believes that the side has better results under him than his predecessor does. “Sometimes I get the impression that we have too much opinion of ourselves when it comes to opponents like Afghanistan or Bangladesh,” Stimac was quoted as saying the AIFF.

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