Stephen Constantine not parting ways with Indian team, confirms AIFF

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has rubbished reports suggesting India’s national team coach, Stephen Constantine, parting ways with the team after March next year.

Stephen Constantine is presently in UAE with the Indian team for the AFC Asian Cup.   -  Sandeep Saxena

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has rubbished reports suggesting India’s national team coach, Stephen Constantine, parting ways with the team after March next year.

Kushal Das, general secretary, AIFF stated, “It’s completely baseless and utter rubbish. We are completely focused on AFC Asian Cup 2019 and the team has been performing excellently under Stephen Constantine having risen to 97 from 173 in the FIFA ranking within less than 4 years. It is sad that media is indulging in baseless and silly speculation before such an important tournament of the national team.”

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He further added, “We all are focused on the massive tournament right now and we'll only sit together to discuss this once his contract ends on 31st January 2019.”

Meanwhile, back in 2015, when the Briton took the charge of the team, it was ranked 173rd in the FIFA rankings. Since then, it has experienced a meteoric rise to in the ladder to surge up to 97-th in the latest FIFA rankings.

India is currently preparing for the forthcoming AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 in Abu Dhabi.

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