After their untimely exit from the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, India National Team head coach Stephen Constantine has stepped down from his position. His departure comes after the Blue Tigers were eliminated after Bahrain scored a penalty in the dying minutes of their Group A clash.
As reported by Rajarshi Chakrabarty of Football Tribe India, the coach announced his departure during the post-match press conference.
“I have been here with the Indian team for four years. My objective from day one has been to qualify for the Asian Cup,” coach Constantie announced. “I have done that and I am exceptionally proud of the players for everything that they have given.”
During his time as India boss, he has taken the national side to an impressive FIFA ranking of 97, just three spots below the record high of 94 they achieved back in 1996. In addition, the team’s inspiring run has reignited interest and belief in the future of Indian football, providing the Blue Tigers a platform to build on for the future.