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Sunil Chhetri On Must Win Match vs Kuwait

Indian football star Sunil Chhetri isn’t letting the hype around his final international game distract him. Instead, he’s shifting the spotlight to the Indian team’s crucial FIFA World Cup Qualifier against Kuwait. Winning this match tomorrow would almost guarantee India a spot in the next round of the World Cup, which will be held in the USA, Canada, and Mexico in 2026. 

“Talking about my last match isn’t important to me. I’d rather focus on winning this game. It’s going to be tough, but we’re prepared and have great support behind us,” Chhetri mentioned before the second round match.

The seasoned 39-year-old striker, who has his post-football plans sorted, said, “If we win tomorrow, we’re nearly through. With five important matches ahead, I’ll be dressing sharp and cheering the team on from wherever they play.”

“Every day, I keep sharing this dream with the team. Having a longer training camp is beneficial because we all come from different mindsets. It gives us more time to focus on the little things. It might not change everything, but it encourages us to pay attention to details.” As he nears 40, Chhetri was asked if he’s reconsidering his decision, but he firmly declined.

“No, I’ve made up my mind. The suits are ready, and I’ll be cheering on the team. I’ve thought about it a lot. It’s been an amazing journey over these 19 years. Now, I’ll be there as a supporter, backing the team wherever they go.” The upcoming match against Kuwait holds great importance, especially after India’s unexpected 1-2 loss to Afghanistan in Guwahati in March, a result that disappointed both fans and critics of Indian football.

When asked about their opponents, Indian team head coach Igor Stimac said, “We need to be mindful of their players, even though they don’t have their best striker. We’re also missing Sandesh (Jhingan). Their performance against Qatar was impressive, they really stepped up their game.

“But I’m completely satisfied with our preparation. It’s just a game of football, and we should enjoy it. The result is always in God’s hands.”

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