Constantine AFC Coach of the Month

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Indian football coach Stephen Constantine has been chosen the Asian Football Confederation Coach of the Month.

Constantine AFC Coach of the Month

New Delhi:

Indian football coach Stephen Constantine has been chosen the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Coach of the Month for helping the hosts win the silver medal in the inaugural Afro-Asian Games. Iran's Ali Karimi was named October's AFC Player of the Month while Oman won the AFC Team of the Month award. The 41-year-old British national, who took charge in June 2002, guided the Indian team to a historic win in the LG Cup in Vietnam last year and also coached the India under-18 team which won the Ian Rush Trophy in Wales in August this year. At the Busan Asian Games last year, India ended with a creditable performance after missing a quarter-final berth on goal difference. At the Afro-Asian Games in Hyderabad from October 24 to November 1, India beat Rwanda 3-1, Malaysia 2-0 and Zimbabwe 5-3 en-route to the final before losing to Uzbekistan, conceding a last-minute goal. Constantine, who has earlier trained the national teams of Cyprus and Nepal, is one of the youngest members of the FIFA Instructors panel. This was second time that an Indian coach had bagged the honour in recent years. Sukhwinder Singh won the award in April 2001 after India upset UAE in the Pre-World Cup qualifiers. (PTI)

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