Stephen Constantine resigns following Asian Cup elimination

MUMBAI: Stephen Constantine has resigned as head coach of Indian football team following their elimination at the AFC Asian Cup 2019.

A 1-0 defeat to Bahrain on Monday ended India’s chances of making it to the round of 16. Following the loss in Sharjah, Constantine took the decision to step down, ending his second reign at the helm.

“Mr. Stephen Constantine has announced his resignation as the Head Coach of the Indian National Team. We haven’t received any official communication from him yet but we accept his decision and thank him for his contribution to Indian football,” said Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF.

The 56-year-old Constantine had been in charge since 2015. During his second stint as the head coach after 2005, Indian football team saw a massive climb in FIFA Ranking, eventually culminating in them breaking the Top 100 barrier.

India, however, failed to reach the knockout stage of the AFC Asian Cup in UAE. Constantine’s side beat Thailand 4-1, lost to UAE 2-0 and, needing a draw, fell to Bahrain 1-0.

 

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