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Constantine may extend his contract until 2019 AFC Asian Cup

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Stephen Constantine the current Indian team Coach may get extend upto 2019 AFC Asian Cup. AIFF general seceratry Kushal Das had given the hints of his stay despite the complaint file against him by the 5 players in the squad.

He also confirmed that Portuguese Luis Norton De Matos’ contract will run till the end of the I-League, where he will be coaching the Indian Arrows.

“His (De Matos) contract is till the end of I-League. Then we will see and discuss,” Das said on the sidelines of I-League launch.

On issue of Constantine, the general secretary dropped ample hints that the Anglo-Cypriot coach is likely to be rewarded for senior team’s 13-match unbeaten streak including a berth in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup tournament. “It will be a decision of technical committee finally (in March 2018) but going by his (Constantine’s) performance and results, I don’t see any reason why he should not be continued,” Das said.
While agreeing that there were some differences between Constantine and the players, Das termed the reported rift as a “bit of made up”.

“I don’t think there is any serious rift. I think it is probably a bit made up, may be he has had a bit of difference with some of the players but not a major issue. You have to accept the results under him and the fact that India have moved upto 105 in FIFA rankings and qualified for the Asian Cup,” the AIFF top boss said.

After the arrival of Constantine Team India had faced several ups and downs but at present he was the reason for India’s constant move in the rating and he also formed the good squad.