Luis Norton de Matos, the head coach of the India Under-17 team and its I-league outfit, Indian Arrows, has parted ways with the club.


The 64-year-old Portuguese coach's contract was set to be extended by the AIFF after the technical committee of the governing body of football in India had unanimously agreed to his contract extension.


This is the original post by Matos:


Luis Norton de Matos


However, the former Sporting Lisbon and Benfica B manager, who led India at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, following the exit of his predecessor Nicolai Adam, announced today on his personal Instagram handle that he had made up his mind to leave.


However, the coach went on to delete his post some time later, with renowned Times of India journalist Marcus Mergulhao going on to tweet that the AIFF had not been informed about the resignation.



If Matos' exit is indeed confirmed, the AIFF, who had aimed to keep Indian Arrows in operation for another season, will have to rethink their strategy going forward with regards to the club. Floyd Pinto, the assistant coach at the club, will most likely take the reigns in case the federation does not find a suitable replacement for the outgoing coach.


His post sure left Indian football fans confused and in the dark over the situation currently and it remains to be seen how this plays out in the coming few days.



Under the Portuguese tactician, India lost all their matches at the FIFA U-17 World Cup last year with the India Under-19 squad also failing to qualify for the AFC U-19 Championship 2018. Indian Arrows too finished at the bottom of the I-league table under him.