With the arrival of experienced English coach Simon Grayson & some noteworthy signings, BFC skipper hopeful of strong run this season
India is to host the FIFA women's U-17 World Cup from October 11-30.
The two stalwarts were nominated as winners by their respective National Team coaches Thomas Dennerby, and Igor Stimac.
The Blue Tigers are placed just below New Zealand (103rd), who missed out on a 2022 FIFA World Cup spot after losing to Costa Rica 0-1 in the intercontinental play-off earlier this month.
Turning out for a country that is yet to play in the World Cup, Chhetri featuring in a series by the world football governing body is unprecedented by any stretch of imagination.
Sunil Chhetri now stands just two goals behind Argentine football superstar Lionel Messi's tally of 86 goals.
Sunil Chhetri says the side would love to play the AFC Asian Cup on home soil with the star forward confessing to hitting my peak at 37.
Igor Stimac's side brought out its A game on a stormy night and started off with a blitz as Anwar (2nd) and Chhetri (45') gave India a 2-0 lead.
The Group D final round match between the top two teams will determine who advances to the Asian Cup 2023 as group winner.
India prevailed over Afghanistan 2-1 in a thrilling match at the Salt Lake Stadium that had 40000 spectators in the stands.
India take on Cambodia in their first Group D match of the 2023 AFC Asian Cup third-round qualifiers on Wednesday, followed by Afghanistan and Hong Kong.
The 37-year-old Chhetri last played for India during their 3-0 win over Nepal in the SAFF Championships final in October but since then was sidelined due to injuries.
Chhetri, one of the top scorers among active players in international football alongside Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, did have his share of fun, taking part in fielding drills.
"I was really looking forward to the two friendlies against Baharain and Belarus and it's a shame I'll be missing out," Chhetri told the All India Football Federation (AIFF) website.
With a much awaited goal, Bengaluru FC's Chhetri made history, as it was his 48th goal in the ISL, the joint-most with Ferran Corominas.
When Chhetri went past Pele, India won 8th SAFF title and women braced for their moment of reckoning
Heading into 2022, the sport continues to yearn for that big success story, that massive breakthrough, which will transform it forever, especially from on-field performance point of view.
Bengaluru FC is set to start its ISL campaign against NorthEast United FC at the GMC Athletic Stadium in Bambolim, Goa, on Saturday, Nov 20.
Suni Chhetri, 37, who began his professional career in 2002 with the famous Mohun Bagan club and made his international debut in 2005, received the Khel Ratna from President Ram Nath Kovind.
With 80 strikes from 125 international matches, he is currently tied with Argentine superstar Lionel Messi on number of goals among active players.
"Chhetri's influence is a key point for this team. It is not only the goals he scores in the game, but also his leadership on the pitch. He is a role model," says Stimac