India U-17 footballers train with Constantine

After the exit of head coach Nicolai Adam, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is in the process of recruiting a new coach. And to ensure that the wards don’t miss out on the opportunities, the AIFF had requested Constantine to work with the U-17 for a while.

Constantine, who guided India to the SAFF Suzuki Cup crown and will lead the Senior Team in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers 2019 next month.   -  H. Vibhu

India U-17 football team’s preparations for the FIFA World Cup got a major boost on Monday as the boys trained under the watchful eyes of national coach Stephen Constantine.

The British coach started working with the youngsters in Goa on Monday, and will continue his duty till Saturday.

After the exit of head coach Nicolai Adam, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is in the process of recruiting a new coach. And to ensure that the wards don’t miss out on the opportunities, the AIFF had requested Constantine to work with the U-17 for a while.

“We needed to ensure that till the appointment of the head coach of the U-17 National Team the training session is properly coordinated. So we asked Stephen and his team to go to Goa for a week to assist the training of the boys,” Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF said.

The AIFF boss also added that a new coach will be hired soon. Constantine, who guided India to the SAFF Suzuki Cup crown and will lead the Senior Team in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers 2019 next month, he is happy to “help AIFF in this time of need.”

“My purpose is to help them maintain the fitness levels of the boys and it gives us a chance to work on other things as well. I will be able to have close look at them as they could be the players for the future,” he said.

Besides Constantine, goalkeeping coach Rogerio Ramos, sports scientist Danny Deigan and national team assistant coach Shanmugam Venkatesh would also be working with the boys.

The U-17 FIFA World Cup India 2017 kicks-off on October 6.

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