Bhaichung Bhutia, the former captain of Indian Football team shared a video message on India's draw against Qatar on Tuesday. Bhutia in the message talked about the Indian football team's performance in the FIFA World Cup qualifier and said, "Yesterday's result was a big one for India. We have been a bit worried about the defence lately but in yesterday's game, the defence was well organised. They kept it compact, frustrated the Qatari attackers and maintained their shape throughout the 90 minutes."
Bhaichung Bhutia went on to congratulate Gurpreet Singh Sandhu who is the goalkeeper and was the captain of the Indian team for the game, in the absence of Sunil Chhetri. Bhaichung Bhutia said, "Big credit to Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, the goalkeeper and the captain of yesterday's game." Bhaichung Bhutia encouraged the Indian football team to believe in their skills and hardwork by saying, "This result should motivate the players to work even harder but most of all they need to bring in that self-belief that they can make it." Cheerfully he went ahead to say fans shall book the tickets for the FIFA World Cup after the Indian team presented a good performance.
The FIFA World Cup qualifier between India and Qatar ended with a draw which displayed India's strong defence. The Asian Football Cup Champions, Qatar, who hasn't lost a match this year closed the qualifiers with a goal-less draw. Though India didn't win, it was still an achievement for the Indian football team and the fans. The captain of the team, Sunil Chhetri wasn't present for the match due to his health but congratulated the team from his social media account.
Dear India, THAT is my team and THOSE are my boys! Cannot describe how proud I am at this moment. Not a big result for the table, but in terms of a fight, as big as it can get. Huge credit to the coaching staff and the dressing room. #QATIND— Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) September 10, 2019
Bhaichung Bhutia, also known as the 'Sikkimese Sniper', played football for India from a long time and has won several awards for his impeccable skills. His journey in football started when he was sixteen, playing for the East Bengal football club in Kolkata. Bhutia is the second Indian footballer who has played football professionally in Europe. He was awarded the prestigious Padma Shree award in 2008 during his playing days.