After the exit of the Dutch Wim Koevermans as head coach of the Indian football team, the AIFF was searching for a suitable replacement. Plenty was expected from Koevermans, who was member of the Dutch national squad that won the 1988 European Championship but Indian football did not reach the desired heights in his two year stint from 2012 to 2014.
The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has now made its choice confirming the appointment of Stephen Constantine as the Head Coach of the Senior men’s national team. Constantine will also be in charge of the India U-23 National Team. He is expected to take charge from the first week of February, 2015. This will be Constantine’s second stint as head coach .
Constantine was at the helm of affairs from 2002 till 2005, during which they won the LG Cup in Vietnam and finished runners-up in the Afro Asian Games. He was the coach of the Rwanda National Team. The Englishman guided the Africans to their highest-ever world ranking of 68 in last month’s FIFA Ranking. He faces an gigantic task to revive Indian football fortunes as India is currently ranked 171 in the latest FIFA rankings.