Putting rest to all speculations, Wim Koevermans declared that he isn’t continuing as the coach of the Indian national team any more. Koevermans was speaking at the official post-match press conference following India’s international friendly against Palestine at the Kanchenjunga Stadium in Siliguri on Monday.
“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,” he announced.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my stint and stay in India. It was a nice gesture by the players,” he referred to the Guard of Honour which the national team players gave to Koevermans at the end of the match.
Koevermans’ contract as the national coach with AIFF ends on October 31, 2014.
“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,” he stated.
“I never like losing. The boys stayed so much committed on the ground today,” he said in reference to India’s match against Palestine. “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 goals. But that’s football.”
(Report & Picture courtesy AIFF Media)