Sunil Chhetri breaks silence over FIFA ban

AIFF under CoA: Talismanic striker Sunil Chhetri on Friday hinted that his retirement was not far off, saying that FIFA’s ban on India would be disastrous after the Supreme Court’s decision to remove Praful Patel from the post of AIFF president because he was playing his “last game”. Follow InsideSport.IN for more updates

The 37-year-old Chhetri’s retirement has been a matter of speculation for some time now and she has said on many occasions that her colorful career will soon come to an end.

AIFF under CoA: Sunil Chhetri finally breaks silence over possible FIFA ban, saying ‘it will be catastrophic because I am playing my last match’

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“Whatever happens on that front, I hope it is under control and the country will not get sanctions.” The iconic India captain said this during a media talk before the final round of the Asian Cup qualifiers which started here on June 8.

“Because, it would be catastrophic, not just for the whole country, but for me, because I’m 36. I am playing my last match. You never know when the last game will be for you.

“Yeah Al that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT aint for me either. But with my limited knowledge, when you go into it, you realize it’s not that dangerous and things will get worse. “ He added.

AIFF under CoA: Sunil Chhetri breaks silence over FIFA sanctions
AIFF under CoA: Sunil Chhetri breaks silence over FIFA sanctions

Patel was ousted by the Supreme Court in a May 18 ruling after his term as president of the All India Football Federation expired. His third term in office was due to end in December 2020, but he was embroiled in a 2017 SC case pending the Supreme Court’s decision to extend his executive committee’s term until a new constitutional issue is settled. .

There were fears in some quarters that the SC ruling could lead to FIFA imposing sanctions on India and snatching the country from hosting the Under-17 Women’s World Cup in October. A joint team of FIFA and AFC is scheduled to visit India “Understand the current situation”.

AIFF under CoA: Sunil Chhetri finally breaks silence over possible FIFA ban, saying ‘it will be catastrophic because I am playing my last match’

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

‘Can’t give you a number about my retirement’

Whenever he took the pitch, speculations about his retirement started and the Indian captain happily replied with a smile that “I don’t know yet”.

“Before the last Asia Cup (2019), the same question was asked about ‘next key’ and I said the same thing. Five years have passed.

It’s the same now. I was 32 then, now I am 37-38. I don’t know, maybe.

“Right now, I’m enjoying it. I enjoy running with Udant (Singh), enjoying headers with (Sandesh) Jhingan and scoring goals against Gurpreet. The day I don’t (enjoy), my job is done, when I can’t give you a number.

“It’s not easy to do 30 minutes of yoga every day before everyone wakes up at 6 o’clock or before everyone wakes up. It’s a very, very hard life that I live. 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, after China withdrew from hosting it next year, citing Spike in the case of the Covid-19, something that could make things even more complicated for Chhetri.

AIFF under CoA: Sunil Chhetri finally breaks silence over possible FIFA ban, saying ‘it will be catastrophic because I am playing my last match’

“I want to qualify. If I don’t, my country will be. If we don’t qualify, no matter who we are, none of us will be there. We want to be there. “

The club, with lower-ranked opponents from Hong Kong (147), Afghanistan (150) and Cambodia (171), are the favorites to be eliminated from Group D, ranked 106th in the world.

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

Chhetri said India’s opening match against “unknown” Cambodia would be the toughest match of the qualifiers.

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

“So far, we are only thinking about Cambodia. When we work with them, we will think about Afghanistan. There is no doubt that Afghanistan is strong. “

Chhetri said the inconsistency in the team’s performance bothered her a lot.

“The sad thing about our team is that we have had a very bad graph in the last four years that bothers me. We had a few performances where we thought wow, “ He mentioned India’s 1-2 loss to Oman in the World Cup qualifiers and a goalless draw with Qatar.

“Then you will come and play the first two matches of SAF against Bangladesh and Afghanistan. It annoys us as a team, ”he said of the drawn matches against lower-ranked Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

“It simply came to our notice then. We have to fix it first personally then as a team, there is something wrong between us. “

AIFF under CoA: Sunil Chhetri finally breaks silence over possible FIFA ban, saying ‘it will be disastrous because I am playing my last match’

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