Updated June 7th, 2024 at 11:43 IST

'We still have a chance': Sunil Chhetri laments India ending up goalless in his swansong vs Kuwait

Retiring India captain Sunil Chhetri says he is upset that Kuwait held them to a goalless draw at the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers at the Salt Lake Stadium.

Reported by: Pavitra Shome
Sunil Chhetri | Image: X/@IndianFootball
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At the Vivekananda Bharati Yuba Kriangan, the 60,000+ fans saw Sunil Chhetri captain the national side for one last time. For the man who made football relevant in the modern era, it is certainly heartbreaking to see him ride off into the sunset. Not only it was the final time when Sunil Chhetri played his final match for India but it was a critical game for the Blue Tigers to win and advance further into the qualifiers stage. However, Kuwait held to them to a goalless draw, and Chhetri had a bittersweet ending to his national football playing career. The retiring captain felt it was disheartening to not score in the World Cup qualifiers.

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Sunil Chhetri upset after Kuwait held India in a goalless draw at FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

At the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, Team India was held to a draw against Kuwait as Sunil Chhetri played his final game for the Indian National Football team. At the post-match press conference, Chhetri expressed his desire for the team to win the game with three points. The retiring Indian football skipper thinks the group can succeed in Qatar.

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"I wish we could've got three points today. One point still keeps us in. I hope we will do a good job in Qatar. We still have a chance to qualify," Chhetri expressed.

India's Sunil Chhetri in action at the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers match between India and Kuwait at the Salt Lake Stadium, | Image: X/@IndianFootball
  

Additionally, Sunil Chhetri disclosed that he remains a member of the team's WhatsApp group and that on June 7, they received notification of a recovery session. Given the coach's permission, the departing captain intends to go; he wants to give the team his best.

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To qualify further in the World Cup Qualifiers, India needs to defeat Qatar in the upcoming game to seal a qualification spot, losing that game will allow Kuwait to take the second spot if they defeat Afghanistan.

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Sunil Chhetri is ending his career as one of India's most successful captains who paralleled himself to the likes of International football stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as one of the highest goal scorers in the world.

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Published June 7th, 2024 at 11:24 IST