Sunil Chhetri only notable face in Indian football team for Asian Games as ISL clubs refuse to play ball
There is talk of manager Igor Stimac, the loudest voice in the chorus to send a team to the Asiad, not even accompanying this side to China. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he chose not to.
On Tuesday, Stimac took to social media in a last-ditch attempt to dial up the pressure on the clubs.
India football captain Chhetri says the onus is on stakeholders to continue working hard if the team is to achieve ultimate end product.
The 38-year-old Chhetri, who will be playing his last Asian Cup in Doha, also pitched for at least one international friendly match against a top-seven-ranked country in Asia.
It has been a terrific month for Igor Stimac’s team as they followed up their Intercontinental Cup triumph with an unbeaten run here.
Chhetri has over 250 appearances for Bengaluru FC across competitions, scoring 116 goals in the process.
The bad came at the end of the other half. After a disciplined and spirited performance by the defence, repelling the Kuwaiti attack all day, one careless error undid all the hard work.
Only three players — Chhetri, Sahal Abdul Samad and Anirudh Thapa — were retained from the playing eleven against Pakistan.
With six points from two wins, India qualified for the semifinals from Group A along with Kuwait (also six points), who beat Pakistan 4-0 earlier in the day for their second victory.
The national football teams met Wednesday for the first time since 2014, with Sunil Chhetri scoring a hat-trick as No. 101-ranked India beat No. 195-ranked Pakistan 4-0 at Bangalore.
Veteran striker scores hat-trick to help team overpower Pakistan
Pakistan had pockets of doughty resistance, but they were not a match to India's cohesion and purpose on a rain-drenched night at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium.
India, currently ranked 101st in the FIFA rankings, has already booked a spot in the Intercontinental Cup final after wins over Mongolia and Vanuatu.