Constantine’s second innings as India’s football coach


New Delhi: The reign of Indian football has been handed over to Stephen Constantine. The Englishman is appointed head coach of Indian men’s football team. This would turn out to be the second stint of Constantine as the head coach of India.

52-year-old Constantine, who is also the coach of the India Under-23 national team, is expected to take charge from the first week of next month.

“All India Football Federation confirms the appointment of Mr. Stephen Constantine as the Head Coach of the Senior Men’s National Team of India. Mr. Constantine will also be in charge of the India U-23 National Team,” the AIFF said in a release.

Constantine was India coach from 2002 till 2005, during which the national team won the LG Cup in Vietnam and finished runners-up in the Afro Asian Games. He was the head coach of the Rwanda national team before he was offered the India job.

He got the nod ahead of former New Zealand coach and India Super League franchise side NorthEast United FC coach Ricki Herbert mainly due to his earlier Indian experience.