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AIFF general secretary says Constantine’s job not in danger

AIFF general secretary Kushal Das on Monday made it clear that national team coach Stephen Constantine would not be removed amid speculation that a few senior players are orchestrating a move to get him ousted.

There were reports that some senior players feel that Constantine is not technically proficient enough to coach the team.

However, Das said there was no question of removing the coach, under whose guidance the team has qualified for the 2019 Asian Cup after a string of impressive results in recent times.

“He is very much there as the coach, he has been doing a great job and delivered very impressive results. So, no question,” Das told PTI.

Solely going by performance, Constantine could easily remain at the helm.

Under Constantine, the Indian team qualified for the Asian Cup tournament in 2019 for the first time since 2011, after a 4-1 win over Macau last month.

Constantine joined the Indian national team in February 2016, when it was placed at a dismal 173 in the FIFA rankings, and helped it break into the top 100 for the first time in over 20 years.

The team is also currently unbeaten in its last 11 matches.

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