New Delhi: In an official statement released today, the All India Football Federation condemned all speculations which are going around about ‘parting ways with National Team Coach Stephen Constantine after January 2019.’
Mr. Kushal Das, General Secretary, AIFF stated: "It's completely baseless and utter rubbish. We're completely focused on AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019. The team has been performing excellently under Stephen Constantine having risen to 97 from 173 in the FIFA ranking in less than 4 years. It is sad that media is indulging in baseless and silly speculation before such an important tournament of the National Team."
He further added: "We all are focused on the massive tournament right now. We'll only sit together to discuss this once his contract ends on 31st January 2019."
Earlier an online news website reported that Constantine was set to be relieved of his duties after the Asian Cup in January 2019, further claiming that the Federation has already started to look for options to replace the English-Cypriot coach, who is on a second stint in the country.
Fearing that the news might harm the camp environment at the UAE, the Federation was prompted into releasing the statement.
Another source close to AIFF confirmed that the former Rwanda coach will continue after the Asian Cup and the Federation members are in unison about his continuation. Any decision about his future will take place only after monitoring the results of the Asian Cup.