Stephen Constantine steps down as coach of Indian football team

Stephen Constantine has decided to step down as the head coach of the Indian football team following team’s exit from. India went down fighting against Bahrain in their last Group A match on 14 January 2019.

India conceded an injury-time goal through a penalty to lose 0-1. They were on the verge of booking their maiden knock-out round berth in the continent’s biggest stage as the scoreline remained 0-0 till the 90th minute when captain Pronay Halder brought down a Bahrain attacker for the referee to point to the dreaded spot.

“I have been here for four years. My objective from day one was to qualify for the Asian Cup and we have done that,” Constantine said while announcing his resignation. The 56-year-old Constantine, who had earlier coached India from 2002 to 2005, was handed over reins of the team again in 2015. He guided India to the Asian Cup after a gap of eight years.

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