UK Cypriot Stephen Constantine helps Pakistan National Football team achieve historic win

Constantine was brought in just a month ago and helped Pakistan play a goalless draw with Cambodia in the away leg, and in the home game, he inspired the team to win 1-0 and progress to the second round of the World Cup Qualifiers.

An official said they would want Constantine back because if Pakistan make the third round of the World Cup Qualifiers, they would also be eligible to play in the 2027 Asian Cup, which would be a huge achievement for Pakistan football.

He admitted that logistics, financial terms are the main issues for the committee as far as approaching Constantine is concerned.

Pakistan’s draw and the 1-0 win over Cambodia also ended a losing streak of 13 matches with eight of them played between November 2022 and June 2023.

Before Constantine’s arrival, the team had only managed to score one goal and conceded 18 in their last eight fixtures

It was Pakistan’s first-ever World Cup qualifying round win and the country’s first international victory of any sort since 2018 and sparked celebrations at Islamabad’s Jinnah Sports Stadium.

UK Cypriot Stephen Constantine was born in London and attended Southgate School.

He previously managed India, Nepal, Malawi and in Cyprus Pafos and Nea Salamina.

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