Lee to coach Indian kicks

Published on May 12, 2015 14:00:20 PM
All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Tuesday roped in Lee Alan Johnson as the head coach of India's U-19 football team.

The 34-year-old Johnson will act as the head coach for the national side, besides managing the U-19 team. Johnson will also perform the role of assistant coach of the senior team.

"Lee's (Johnson) presence will immensely boost player development programme in India," said India's national team chief coach Stephen Constantine.

"In addition to his duties as U-19 national coach, he will also be the national team scout and the assistant coach of the national team. We have worked together in Rwanda and have known each other for the last three or more years and his value addition will be immense."

Talking about his new assignment, looking for young talented footballers in the country, Johnson said, "In such a big country you need to find them in order to further enhance the national team squads. I will be travelling to Hero I-League matches and also youth games to identify potential players for the future."

Johnson was the technical director of the Football Federation of Rwanda before taking up the India job. Besides being an academy coach at the Crystal Palace Football Club and Chelsea Football Club, Johnson was also an FA learning Tutor for The Football Association.