The All India Football Federation might play it down as coincidence, but a luck by chance meeting with Albert Roca has sparked major speculation that the former Bengaluru FC coach is leading the race to replace Stephen Constantine as the coach of the Indian national football team.
Constantine resigned as the national team coach after India suffered an agonisingly close last minute loss in the AFC Asian Cup after needing just a draw in their last group game to qualify for the knockout round.
Since then, Roca is the one coach whose name is on top of almost every Indian football fans' list when it comes to the next national team coach.
And this 'by chance' meeting with AIFF might be a hint as to what could happen in the near future. AIFF, on their part have specified via a senior official, who quoted to the Times of India as he said, "Roca had come to watch Bengaluru FC."
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He continued, "I bumped into him as he came for lunch when I was checking out (of the hotel). We exchanged normal greetings and nothing else."
A thing to note here is even before this 'chance' meeting, Roca's name has been doing the rounds when it comes to the topic of who would be the next national team coach.
Roca left Bengaluru last season after helping them win the Federation Cup in 2017, the Super Cup in 2018 and helping them to the final of the AFC Cup. In his two seasons spent at Bengaluru FC, Roca had an incredible win ration of over 60%.