The 51-year-old replaces local incumbent Savio Medeira, who served as an interim coach for six months following the resignation of Englishman Bob Houghton last year.

“It’s an honour to be here in India,” Koevermans said. “I can’t wait to meet up with the boys. I hope I will make a difference.” He made one international appearance as a player and was a member of the Dutch squad that won the Euro championships in 1988, but did not play a match.