SAFF Championship: Sunil Chhetri-led India ready to face Nepal in the finals

SAFF Championship: Sunil Chhetri-led India ready to face Nepal in the finals
SAFF Championship: Sunil Chhetri-led India ready to face Nepal in the finals

SAFF Championship: Sunil Chhetri-led India ready to face Nepal in the finals- Two gestures post-match after the facile 3-1 victory against the Maldives in the SAFF Championship best describe the camaraderie in the Blue Tigers camp at the moment.

Moments after Sunil Chhetri was named the Man of the Match in India’s 3-1 victory over the Maldives in their last group league match in the SAFF Championship, he walked up to

SAFF Championship: Lalengmawia and handed him over his Man of the Match Award – a snazzy watch. And even before that happened, the entire contingent posed with a jersey of Farukh Choudhary saying in chorus “We love you, Farukh.” The Blue Tigers had also placed Farukh’s jersey no.

12 on the bench all throughout the match. And, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu even wore Farukh’s jersey at the post-match flash interview.

SAFF Championship: Sunil Chhetri-led India ready to face Nepal in the finals

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“This is for Farukh,” Gurpreet stated, pointing to Farukh’s jersey. “Unfortunately, he sustained a bad injury and he did have very valuable assistance in the match against Nepal. It was extremely harsh that he had to go out. We want to dedicate it to Farukh and make it worth it.”

Striker Farukh had suffered an ACL injury in the match against Nepal, and that has ruled him out for the rest of the Championship.

“He has been such an inspiration in Indian Football and it’s amazing how he continues to be at the top of his game so consistently. The manner in which he conducts himself on and off the pitch is so motivational for all of us,” Lalengmawia stated.

SAFF Championship: “Whenever we get into a crucial game, he raises the bar and scores, and makes it easier for all of us. “It’s a blessing we have him in the team – a real honour to be playing with him, training with him,” he added.

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu added: “79 goals in 123 matches at the International level doesn’t come with luck. He deserves what he has achieved as he works extremely hard for all of that. He says he is going to do it, and does it on the field. What one can learn from him are his passion and determination. He has been doing his job, and in the end, that’s what it all matters.”

SAFF Championship: Sunil Chhetri-led India ready to face Nepal in the finals

Also read in hindi: SAFF Championships: भारतीय कप्तान Sunil Chhetri ने रचा इतिहास, सबसे ज्यादा गोल के मामले में महानतम फुटबॉलर PELE को छोड़ा पीछे