Stephen Constantine resigns as Indian Football Coach

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Chief coach of the Indian football team Stephen Constantine has resigned after the 0-1 defeat in the final group match of the AFC Asian Cup against Bahrain. India had defeated Thailand 4-1 in the tournament’s first match, but the Indian team could not continue their winning streak and the hosts were out of the competition losing to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain.

Stephen announced the resignation immediately after the match. Constantine assumed the position of head coach of the team in 2015. Under his guidance, team India qualified for the Asian Cup after an eight-year hiatus. Earlier, Constantine had been the coach of the Indian team between 2002 and 2005.

Indian Football Team said on its official Twitter handle that Constantine has resigned. The tweet said, “Mr. StephenConstan 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 & thank him for his contribution to Indianfootball: Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF”

Constantine’s contract was to end on January 31. India was on a non-goal equal to the 90th minute in the final match of the group A against Bahrain and was close to making the first place in the knockout, but Bahrain scored the penalty corner goal and won the match.

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