Sunil Chhetri Downplays Last International Match, Focus on Crucial FIFA Qualifier

Indian football legend Sunil Chhetri deflects attention from his final international match to emphasize the importance of India's FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Kuwait. A win would almost secure India's spot in the third round, marking a significant achievement in the nation's football history.


PTI | Kolkata | Updated: 05-06-2024 13:34 IST | Created: 05-06-2024 13:34 IST
Sunil Chhetri Downplays Last International Match, Focus on Crucial FIFA Qualifier
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Indian football legend Sunil Chhetri has sought to shift the limelight from his impending final international appearance, directing the focus towards the critical FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Kuwait. Scheduled for Thursday, a victory in this match could nearly guarantee India a historic spot in the third round of the World Cup qualifiers.

Chhetri, who announced last month that this fixture would be his international swansong, remains steadfast in his resolve. 'It's not about me and my last match. I don't want to address it again and again. We really want to win this game,' Chhetri emphasized on the eve of the match. The 39-year-old striker revealed his post-retirement plans, saying, 'If we win tomorrow, we almost qualify. Five top games home and away, I am going to wear nice suits and watch the match wherever the team travels.'

India's performance against Kuwait is particularly crucial following their surprising 1-2 defeat to lower-ranked Afghanistan in March. Head Coach Igor Stimac, reflecting on the preparations, stated, 'We need to take care of these players. Although we're without Sandesh Jhingan, their last performance against Qatar was impressive. But I'm at peace with our preparations. It's only a game of football, and we should enjoy it. The result is always in god's hands.'

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