Probably for the first time in the recent years the senior Indian national football team might have to participate in its two important matches in the World Cup qualifier without an extensive preparation as the country’s chief national coach Stephen Constantine has been asked to call off national preparatory camp due to the forthcoming Indian Super League (ISL).

Stephen Constantine, peeved at the callousness of All India Football Federation top brass, had planned to summon national preparatory camp for India’s two World Cup qualifiers against Turkmenistan and Oman, scheduled to be held on 8th October and on 13th October, respectively. The chief national coach had planned to conduct the training camp for around a week from 29th September.

But it is learnt that due to ISL matches, starting on 3rd October the AIFF top brass has asked the chief national coach not to call the players in the camp. Stephen although refused to make any comments on the issue when contacted. 

According to reports, The manager Stephen Constantine is surprised and angry with the attitude being shown by the AIFF bosses.

When one of the top AIFF executives was asked about the issue, said: “We have nothing much to do with the matter as following our contract with IMG-R, the national players must have to be released for the opening match of the ISL.

“So, all the national players, engaged in the ISL had to be released from the national camp on 2nd October as the league is commencing on 3rd October.

“So, instead of organizing the national camp only for four days we have asked national footballers to get assembled on 5th October at New Delhi for the match against Turkmenistan. They will leave on the next day for Turkmensitan.”


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