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Lack of ‘football intelligence’ cost us the game, says Stephen Constantine

It was expected to be a walk in the park for India against a tiny Guam but the game produced a contrasting outcome.

By: Press Trust of India | Tamuning (guam) | Updated: June 17, 2015 1:32 pm
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Indian football coach Stephen Constantine was a livid man after the team’s embarrassing 1-2 defeat to lower-ranked Guam in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying game on Tuesday, saying his boys lacked “football intelligence”.

“We lacked football intelligence in key moments of the game and that cost us,” Constantine said after the match.

India came into the game on a the back of a similar result last week against Oman, who though faced stiff competition form the South Asian nation.

Sunil Chhetri managed a consolation goal in the last minute of the game after Brandon McDonald put the hosts ahead in the 38th minute and Travis Nicklaw doubled the advantage in the 62nd minute at the GFA National Training Center.

“We are disappointed. Today(on Tuesday) the difference was very much visible between a group of players who have the best football education and the rest. 75 per cent of the players who represented Guam have been born and brought up in the US and that made a huge difference,” Constantine added.

Ranked 174 in the world to India’s 141, this was only their second World Cup qualifying win, the result coming less than a week after Guam’s 1-0 victory over Turkmenistan in Group D.

Constantine, however, dismissed that jet lag was ever a factor.

“We have been here for three days. This is international football and you have to deal with it. The time zone was not a factor at all.”

“Right from the outset, I had expected a tough game. The advantage which Guam has, is to pick American based players and they made good use of them.”

Constantine’s counterpart Gary White sounded happy with six points on board.

“From the very outset, we knew that this would be a difficult place for anybody to come. It was a tough and competitive game and it feels nice to be at the top of the Group. This is not the same Guam who used to play some 15-16 years back,” White said.

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  1. G
    Jun 17, 2015 at 4:43 pm
    Dear Constantine you will shortly realize that there is no use of flogging dead horse. Whatever training you impart these Indian footballers will revert back to street football because they simply do not want to change. They live in their own world, something like fish in the pond. Reason for this sorry state of affairs is dominance of club football led by east Bengal and Mohammedans. These clubs are impediments to the development of football in India. You rightly said that they lack football intelligence and that sums up your frustration.
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