Tuesday , May 28 2024

India’s Stephen Constantine: We’re not far behind than anybody else in Asia!

Although the points table shows that India are categorically out of the tournament, Stephen Constantine foresees the future amongst these bunch of boys. So much so that he doesn’t hesitate to mention that “we’re not too far behind than anybody else in Asia”.

“These boys have a great future. I can only say that we’re not too far behind than anybody else in Asia. We’ll keep working and keep looking forward,” he maintained.

Stressing on building the ‘team for the future’, Constantine had made no less than six changes to the starting lineup from the first matchday in the AFC U-23 Championship qualifiers.

“When you lose the first game, it puts you in a difficult position. By starting with 6-7 different boys, I tried to do give them the experience. It is a great opportunity for them to learn which would prove to be invaluable for them in the future”, he stated before taking on Turkmenistan tomorrow, July 23.

“International Football is quicker, stronger and you need to deal with a lot more pressure here,” he mentioned.

He kept on saying that even though he’d look forward nothing less than a win against Turkmenistan, he’ll stick to his strategy from providing the players with much-needed exposure.

“It’ll eventually help the Indian National Team grow stronger in the future. Off course, we’ll look forward to winning the game (against Turkmenistan) but we don’t deviate from the long-term project.”

He mentioned that ‘game is the teacher’ and the boys will learn a thing or two from the competitive matches they play at this level.

“This is the most important thing for the boys. The biggest thing for a player is to play. The game is the teacher,” Stephen maintained.

India are scheduled to play Turkmenistan in their last match of the AFC U23 Qualifiers at the same venue tomorrow, July 23 at 7:30pm IST.

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One comment

  1. This is not an intelligent comment from the national coach of India . Have I understood it right that Stephan Constantine wants Indians to believe that the AFC U-23 tournament is a practice ground and exposure trip for the India U-23 team ?

    I have been saying recently that Stephan needs a 2nd chance and he just needs to be honest and sincere and then we would have assured success for our senior boys. If Stephan strongly believes in the above statement I would then seriously want him to be out of India at the earliest. Does Stephan think that we Indians are guineapigs with whom the European coaches can keep on experimenting at the international arena ?

    Stephan is now trying to defend the dishonest and insincere planning of AIFF and of himself which prevented our U-23 boys from obtaining adequate foreign exposure before this AFC tournament.

    Stephan is lucky that unlike his countryman Trevor Morgan , he is not the coach of East Bengal. If as a coach of East Bengal he had made a similar comment after an international tournament he would have found life miserable after returning to Kolkata.

    Why doesn’t Stephan say the same thing about our India U-17 team and say that it is fine for them to stay inexperienced and get demolished and tortured in the forthcoming World Cup as long as they receive adequate exposure and some of the kids grow up to serve satisfactorily the India senior team.