India improve FIFA raking to 137th in the world
India didn’t play any matches last month, they have reached what is their best ever ranking since August 2010.
India were ranked 171st when Constantine took over as National Coach for the second time in February last year and slipped to 173rd in March even before Constantine could have his first game in-charge against Nepal, which India eventually won 2-0 on aggregate.
Constantine mentioned about the impact the national team has made after reducing the average age from around 32 to 24.
“We have been able to reduce the average age of the team from around 32 to 24 which is very significant indeed.”
“When I came over for my second stint, one of my tasks was to improve our FIFA Rankings. With the results which we have had so far, it is clear that we have succeeded,” he told.
“It’s been a total Team effort. Unless Mr. Patel (AIFF President ) and Mr. Das (AIFF General Secretary) allowed me to do the things and the manner I wanted it to be done, this won’t have been possible ever,” he stressed.
“But this is just the beginning of the long-term plan which we envisage for Indian Football. I am certainly not over the moon as I feel my Team can achieve much more,” he stated.