Stephen Constantine’s demand for at least a two-week preparatory camp before Indian football team’s any international engagement is unlikely to be fulfilled.
Secretary of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Kushal Das who has been in Thiruvanantapuram to watch the SAFF football championship final between India and Afghanisthan, to be held on Sunday evening, has clarified saying,
“There is a least chance of organizing a long preparatory camp as it might clash with the Indian Super League (ISL). And in that case on behalf of Federation, it might not be possible for us to ask the franchise teams to release footballers who are selected in the national squad.”
Constantine was frustrated for not having his selected national footballers even before the SAFF championship as the players were tired of participating in the ISL and they joined the preparatory camp late.
However, hours before the final, Indian team seem to be more cautious before playing against Afghanistan. It might be that they have in their mind about the defeat against Afghanistan in the final of the last SAFF championship in Nepal. That is why, Indian team denied to join the dinner on Saturday night organized by the hosts.