Sunil Chhetri's Departure Will Pave Way for New Indian Football Stars

Sunil Chhetri's retirement marks a significant moment in Indian football, but defender Subhasish Bose is confident that the team has players ready to fill his void. Chhetri will play his final match against Kuwait, culminating a career as India's highest goalscorer. Young talents are poised to step up.

PTI | Kolkata | Updated: 03-06-2024 22:38 IST | Created: 03-06-2024 22:38 IST
Sunil Chhetri's Departure Will Pave Way for New Indian Football Stars
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Sunil Chhetri's imminent retirement represents a seismic shift in Indian football, yet national team defender Subhasish Bose remains optimistic. He believes the squad has players equipped to inherit his No. 9 jersey.

Chhetri, India's talisman and leading goalscorer with 94 goals, will bid farewell in the World Cup qualifier against Kuwait on June 9. His departure will leave a substantial gap, not easily filled, as he ranks third among active international scorers, trailing only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

"His retirement creates a big gap, but time brings new opportunities. We have many leaders at club level who can step up," Bose said during a media interaction at Salt Lake Stadium. "Young talents like Lallianzuala Chhangte, Manvir Singh, and Rahim Ali need more game time to improve."

Bose recently led Mohun Bagan to win their maiden League Winners Shield in the ISL. He acknowledged the captaincy challenge, stating he would always strive to lead and support the team.

The immediate focus remains on the crucial match against Kuwait, which could see India advance to its maiden third-round qualification for the Asian Cup. The players are more motivated, especially knowing Chhetri will play his final match.

"We want to make his last match memorable. The Kolkata crowd's energy is unparalleled and can drive us to victory," Bose concluded.

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