The Maldives FA have confirmed that Igors Stepanovs has been appointed head coach of the country’s under-19s.
Igors was on Arsenal’s books for four years during our ridiculously trophy-laden 2000-04 period.
He was part of the double-winning side of 2000-01 and won the FA Cup in 2003 but missed out on ‘Invincible’ status because he was shipped out on loan to Belgian side Beveren in 2003/04. In total, he played 31 times for the Gunners.
— Bassam Adeel Jaleel (@bassam_jaleeI) February 19, 2020
The former Latvia international spent seven years coaching his country’s under-17s before this new opportunity presented itself. It must have been hard swapping Latvia for the Maldives; a chain of 26 atolls in the Indian Ocean which are popular with honeymooning newly-weds.
The Maldives rank 155th in FIFA’s current rankings and, according to Latvian publication Sportscentsr.com have never climbed higher than 124th. They also report that the under-19s have won only one game.
The only way is up. Good luck to Igor, we’re quite jealous.