1/4/2017 7:37:44 AM

Shahaniya name Stimac as coach

Shahaniya name Stimac as coach

AL SHAHANIYA named Igor Stimac as their new coach last week.

The Croat replaced Portuguese Jose Fernando, who was fired following a 0-10 defeat at the hands of Lekhwiya in the 13th round. Stimac is the third coach to manage the Oryxes this season as Tunisian Fathi Al Jabal had left after the first two rounds.

Shahaniya President Manahi Al Shammari wished Stimac success.

“We welcome Stimac to Shahaniya. We’ll rely on him to ably guide our team during the last four months of the season. We wish him all success,” said Al Shammari.

Stimac, 49, last managed Iran’s Sepahan and also had spells including with the Croatian national team during his 11-year coaching career.

The former centre-back was a member of the Croatia team which finished third at the 1998 World Cup in France. He also played his part in erstwhile Yugoslavia’s Under-20 World Cup triumph in Chile in 1987.

During his 17-year club career, Stimac represented five clubs, including English Premier League side West Ham United. 

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