Wim Koevermans has announced that he won’t be continuing as the coach of the India national football team after a 3-2 loss against Palestine in Siliguri in a friendly marked another defeat in a run of bad results for the national side which included a poor run in the recently concluded Asian Games in Incheon.
Having been appointed in June 2012, the former Dutch international achieved instant success as India won the Nehru Cup in Delhi although that proved to be a flash in the pan as the national side struggled for the best part of last two years as India lies at 158 in the World Football ranking.
In the post-match press conference, Koevermans announced his decision to quit as he said, “This was my last match as the coach of the national team and I will not be taking up the post of AIFF’s Technical Director for private reasons.”
“When I took charge I was told to change the style of play and there has been a huge improvement on that front. We created chances in every match that we played and played some good football. But that hasn’t been enough.”
“I never like losing. The boys stayed so committed on the ground today. But it was visible that they had better players in almost every position. We gave them a very tough game and could have avoided conceding the first and the third goal. But that’s football.”
The Euro 1988 winning player was given a guard of honour by the Indian national team after the match
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my stint and stay in India. It was a nice gesture by the players.”
Koevermans’ contract with AIFF was going to run out at the end of this month.
Indian captain Sunil Chhetri expressed his shock on hearing the news. He said, “Wim came across as someone who was a rare combination of being very knowledgeable and hard working at the same time.”
“It’s always been a pleasure working under him. The news came as a shock for me and I wish him luck for all his future endeavours.”