If Wim Koevermans bid goodbye at Kanchenjunga Stadium in Siliguri to four or five journalists after a loss to Palestine, Constantine’s exit came at Asia’s continental showpiece
Despite its giant population India is a footballing minnow at a lowly 97th in FIFA's world rankings, and its players are used to being overshadowed by the nation's glamorous millionaire cricketers.
Constantine took over as the coach of the Indian team in 2015 in his second stint and managed to guide them into the Asian Cup after a hiatus of eight years.
India face Bahrain on Monday in their final group stage match and a victory will ensure the Blue Tigers a spot in the Round of 16.
India play Thailand in their opening match of the Asian Cup in Abu Dhabi on January 6.
A 28-member squad had travelled to Abu Dhabi and have been practicing in an effort to acclimatize themselves to the conditions.
As part of their preparation for AFC Asian Cup, the Blue Tigers are slated to play an International Friendly against Oman in Abu Dhabi on December 27.
The 34-year-old Chhetri has been ruled out of the November 17 friendly owing to an ankle injury.
As per the October 2018 FIFA Rankings, India are currently ranked 97 while Jordan are at 112.
The senior teams of India and China last played in the 1997 Nehru Cup in Kochi which the 'Red Dragons' won 2-1.
For the first time, India is travelling to China to play an international match on October 13 at Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre but the team is having just a couple of days of training time.
India are scheduled to clash with China in an international friendly on October 13 at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium at Suzhou City, Jiangsu province.
India comprising under-23 players except for one, had been the only unbeaten side in the tournament before the final.
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With India having secured a summit clash with Maldives in the final of the SAFF Suzuki Cup, Constantine said the final will be a tough one.
The two sides last played an official match in September 2013 in Kathmandu, India emerging winners by a solitary goal on that occasion.