Nicolai Adam, the former coach of India Under-17 national football team, left India in the early hours on Saturday, February 25, 2017. He had stepped down as the coach earlier this month by mutual consent with the All India Football Federation (AIFF).
He departed from India after the educational commitments of his daughters were completed in Goa. The former India Under-17 coach was previously Azerbaijan Under-19 coach.
This turn of events occurred for the coach when the team and several staff members of the team filed a written complaint with the AIFF. The complaint expressed displeasure with the coach's methods, and refused to function under him. The complaint was filed after the team’s dismal performance in the Granatkin memorial youth football championship in Russia last month, where the team finished at an appalling 16th position.
“I am grateful to AIFF for giving me the opportunity to serve as coach of the Indian U-17 National Team. I wish all the bright young talent the very best,” were the farewell words of the former coach.