Fox Sports Australia – India stunned Thailand 4-1 in their opening match last weekend to record their first victory at the tournament in over 50 years and despite losing 2-0 to hosts United Arab Emirates, Stephen Constantine insists football has knocked cricket of its perch — at least for a little bit.

Summary

  • India stunned Thailand 4-1 in their opening match last weekend to record their first victory at the tournament in over 50 years and despite losing 2-0 to hosts United Arab Emirates, Stephen Constantine insists football has knocked cricket of its perch — at least for a little bit.
  • “Football is as popular in India in my opinion — it’s just not written about as much,” said Constantine, who witnessed conflict, bloodshed and human suffering in his time coaching Malawi, Sudan and Rwanda before returning for a second spell as India boss four years ago.
  • “In a nutshell it’s down to the players, they have given me everything,” said Constantine, whose young team face Bahrain on Monday in their final Group A game.
  • “That holistic approach has proved to be successful over the last several years both here in India and in other countries I have coached in,” said Constantine, who as Sudan coach once had rifles pulled on him while driving from Khartoum to scout a player.
  • Constantine is not easily intimidated, sparking dismay in India by stripping Chhetri of the captaincy before the Asian Cup.


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