Constantine is worried about the poor fitness level of national footballers
Stephen Constantine is worried about his footballers’ fitness level before Indian senior national football team take on Guam in its next World Cup qualifier in New Delhi on 12th October.
The chief national coach who has gone to England from Oman for two days, has reportedly expressed anxiety that with such a poor fitness level of at least five to six footballers of his team, it would even be difficult for Indian team to win against Guam at home-match.
According to one of the members, associated with senior national team’s coaching staffs, Stephen who never made any comments in front of the footballers after they conceded 0-3 loss to Oman on Tuesday, expressed anxiety in from of his colleague coaching staffs saying, “The focus of the national players seems to have deviated. Otherwise, how could they push towards Muscat airport immediately after the end of the match without attending the post-match discussion?”
It has been learnt that five to six national players had to rush towards the Muscat airport to catch flight to return to Indian as they were supposed to participate in their respective ISL matches.
More importantly, there are five footballers in the national team whose fitness level was under scanner immediately after India’s loss against Turkmenistan. One of the close associates of the senior national squad quipped, “All the footballers have participated in the matches wearing GPS belt. And immediately after the matches, GPS system has informed the chief as well as the sports scientist of the national team, Dany Dey about the poor fitness level of the players. And the key reason behind the players’ such miserable show was that they were extremely tired of having participated in the matches continuously in the ISL:”
But the All India Football Federation top brass does not want to admit these things. Rather they are now in a mood to remove their present chief coach. They have decided to seek clarification from Stephen after he returns to India.
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