“Right Now, I’m Enjoying It”: Ace Footballer Sunil Chhetri Responds To Questions On Retirement

“Right Now, I’m Enjoying It”: Ace Footballer Sunil Chhetri Responds To Questions On Retirement

Magic Striker Sunil Umbrella On Friday, he hinted that his retirement was not far off, saying that the Supreme Court’s decision to remove Praful Patel from the post of AIFF President would result in a catastrophic FIFA ban on India as he Playing their “last game”. The 37-year-old’s retirement has been the subject of speculation for some time, and he has said on several occasions that his illustrious career is coming to an end.

“No matter what is happening on this front, I hope it is under control and the country will not be banned,” the famous Indian captain said from the Asian Cup qualifier final round starting here on June 8. He said this while talking to media earlier.

“Because, it will be devastating not only for the whole country but for me, because I am 37 years old. I am playing my last match. You will never know when the last match is for you.

“Yeah … I was scared when the headlines came it affects you. But with my limited knowledge, when you go into it, you think it’s not that dangerous and things get shorter. Will go, “he added.

Patel was removed from office by the Supreme Court in a May 18 decision as he had exceeded his term as president of the All India Football Federation. His third term was due to expire in December 2020, but he is still embroiled in a Supreme Court case that has been pending since 2017, extending the term of his executive committee until the Supreme Court issues a new constitution. Refuses to hold elections. .

There were fears in some quarters that the Supreme Court ruling could lead to FIFA banning India and depriving the country of the right to host the Under-17 Women’s World Cup in October. A joint FIFA and AFC team is set to visit India to “understand the current situation”.

Chhetri made his international comeback after more than six months of injury during India’s 0-2 defeat against Jordan in Doha on May 29, his last preparation before the Asian Cup qualifiers.

‘I can’t give you any numbers about my retirement’

Whenever he goes on the pitch, there is speculation about his retirement and the Indian captain responds with a happy smile, “I don’t know yet.” “Before the last Asia Cup (2019), the same question was asked, ‘What happened next’ and I said the same thing. Five years have passed, now it is the same. Then I was 32 years old, now I am 37-38. I don’t know, maybe.

“Right now, I’m enjoying it. Running with Udanta (Singh), enjoying headers with (Sandesh) Jhangan, and scoring goals against Gurpreet. When he doesn’t give you numbers.

“It’s not easy to get up at 6 o’clock every day or do a 30 minute yoga session before everyone wakes up. It’s a very, very hard life I’m living. It’s not easy to do that for 21 years.” It is not yet clear whether the Asia Cup will be held in 2023 or 2024, citing an increase in COVID-19 cases after China withdrew from hosting it next year. Can complicate

“I want to qualify. If I’m not there, my country will be there. If we are not qualified, it doesn’t matter. None of us will be. We want to be there.” Clubs with lower-level opponents in Hong Kong (147), Afghanistan (150) and Cambodia (171) are the favorites to make the cut from the world No. 106 India Group D.

After launching its campaign against Cambodia on June 8, India will face Afghanistan (June 11) and Hong Kong (June 14) in the Round Robin League.

Chhatri said India’s opening game against the “unknown” Cambodia would be the toughest qualifier.

“If we don’t do well against Cambodia, you have lost half your battle.

“So far, we are only thinking of Cambodia. Once we have worked with them, we will think of Afghanistan. There is no doubt that Afghanistan is strong.” Chhatri said that the inconsistency in the team’s performance bothered him a lot.

“The sad part of our team is that in the last four years we have had a very crazy graph that bothers me. We gave a couple of performances, where we thought wow wow,” Mentioning. Draw without a goal with Oman and Qatar in World Cup qualifiers.

“Then you come and play against Bangladesh, Afghanistan, the first two SAFF games. It bothers us as a team,” he said of the draw against lower-ranked Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Said about

Promoted.

“We have a responsibility. We have to fix it individually and then as a team, there is something wrong with us.”

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