Indian National Football team head coach Stephen Constantine has resigned following his team’s exit from the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. India finished fourth in their group despite winning their opening match against Thailand.
Constantine, who joined India for his second stint in 2015 and stayed on as the head coach for the next four years. During his time as the head coach, the Blue Tigers saw a massive climb in their FIFA World Ranking, eventually culminating in them breaking the Top 100 barrier.
“I feel my cycle here is finished. I have left the players here in a much better place than when I arrived,” said a distraught Constantine in his post-match press conference as he stepped down as the coach of the Indian National Football Team for the second time. The first one coming way back in 2005.
The Blue Tigers were in the second position in Group A going into Round 3 and simply needed to match Thailand’s result to progress. And they were given a major boost when UAE took the lead in their game against the War Elephants. However, Thailand equalized shortly and despite that, India remained on track to qualify directly to the knockout stages.
The killer blow came in the 90th minute when India conceded a penalty, which was converted by Jamal Rashed; knocking the Blue Tigers out of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.