Constantine will stay India coach despite rumours of rift with senior players

first_imgStephen Constantine will not face an abrupt axe and will continue as Indian national football teams coach at least till the 2019 Asian Cup, AIFF general secretary Kushal Das confirmed.There have been murmurs that some senior players have complained to the federation about Constantine but Das termed them all as hearsay circulating in the social media and said they dont see a reason to sack Constantine till the end of AFC Asian Cup.Constantines contract with the Indian national team expires at the end of the Asian Cup.Constantine is currently serving a second spell with the senior team and he has overseen a 13-match unbeaten run with India, which was ended when India lost 2-1 to Kyrgyzstan in an inconsequential away final group game of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying campaign in March.Indias loss to Kyrgystan in Bishkek bore no consequence as the team had already qualified for the Asian Cup, which will be held in the UAE from January 5 to February 1.Also read – East Bengal sign World Cup star, forget to get translater for press conference”We don’t see any reason to remove him. He has delivered the results, and moreover, the SAFF Cup is coming up and then there is the Asian Cup. His contract expires on January 31 next year,” Das told PTI.When Das was specifically questioned if Constantine is going to guide the team in the Asian Cup, he responded positively.Apparently, after qualifying for the Asian Cup final rounds, some senior footballers met the AIFF general secretary during a national camp in Mumbai, expressing their grievances.advertisement”I do meet players, support staff on a regular basis. Players can have problems with the coach. I think these rumours picked up pace in the social media,” Das said without divulging any further.Also read – WAFF U-16 Championship: India thrash Yemen 3-0 to end tour on a highHaving joined in February 2016, when the national team was at a dismal 173 in the FIFA rankings, Constantine took it to the top 100, for the first time in more than 20 years.However, it was speculated that Constantine and captain Sunil Chhetri were not on the same page after the coach, responding to a question on the skipper’s impassioned plea to people to come and cheer the team in the Intercontinental Cup in June, said his boys have done enough to not “beg” fans to come and watch them play.”Look, I have said it before and I don’t feel that we should be begging people to come and watch the national team,” Constantine had said.Interestingly, the AIFF had acted quite swiftly when complaints were made against the under-17 coach Nicolai Adam. Adam was forced to resign in the wake of players’ complaints that the German was abusive.(With PTI inputs)last_img

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