Getting to know the head coaches

Jamie Day started playing football at a young age and went on to attend Lilleshall National Sports Centre in United Kingdom, represent England at U18 level and sign a professional contract with Arsenal.

However, it was in coaching that his talents lay as proven when he won the Conference South title with Welling United in 2013 as player/manager. They were promoted to the Conference Premier, and he was fittingly named manager of the year for the 2012/13 season.

He moved to Gillingham FC as a First Team Coach and most recently was the Assistant Manager for Barrow AFC. He took over as the coach of the Bangladesh National Football team in May this year.

Koji Gyotoku was appointed as the head coach of Nepal under the Japan-Nepal co-operation program, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in March 2016. Gyotoku had previously served as the head coach of Bhutan National team for a year in 2008-2009 during the country’s SAFF Championship campaign.

Having previously coached Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ahli Club, and managed in Ecuador and Brazil, including Sao Paulo Athletic FC, Brazilian Jose Antonio Nogueira took over the reins of the Pakistan National Team in April this year. He aims to have a successful outing with the team in the SAFF Suzuki Cup.

A prominent name in sub-continent football, Trevor Morgan has managed several clubs in England, Australia, India, Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong, prior to taking over as the coach of the Bhutan National team. Morgan started his coaching career back in 1995, after a busy playing career, with Australian side Sorrento FC. He has had a rich experience of coaching in India, having managed East Bengal in two stints. He took over as coach of the Bhutan National Team in February this year.

Stephen Constantine is currently in his second stint as the head coach of the Indian National Team. In charge of the national team since 2015, Constantine has managed to take the team on a 14-game unbeaten streak first winning the 2015 SAFF Suzuki Cup, then the Intercontinental Cup in June 2018, and then qualifying for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup after topping the group.

Nizam Packeer Ali took over as head coach of the Sri Lanka football team earlier this year. The former Sri Lankan international was previously managing Bangladesh Premier League football franchise “Team BJMC” in 2015, and previously led Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club to the Bangladesh League title in year 2011.

Croatian-born German coach Petar Segrt took over as head coach of Maldives’ national football team from Darren Stewart in March this year. The 52-year old has coached the Georgia and Afghanistan national football teams in the past and will hope to take the Maldives team into the latter stages of the SAFF Suzuki Cup.

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