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Intercontinental Cup 2018: Sunil Chhetri will be the one to watch as he plays his 100th International match against Kenya

Intercontinental Cup 2018: Sunil Chhetri will be the one to watch as he plays his 100th International match against Kenya
Written by Aman Kumar Singh

In the next Intercontinental Cup 2018, India will face Kenya at the Mumbai Football arena (MFA) today at 08:00pm. The match will be telecast on Star Sports network and live streaming will be available at hotstar.

On 1st June, 2018, the skipper scored his third international hat-trick against the Chinese Taipei during the Intercontinental Cup football match in Mumbai in front of a near-empty stadium where the ‘Blue Tigers’ defeated Chinese Taipei by 5-0. The game at the Mumbai Football Arena was 99th of his career and in it he scored his 59th international goal in the second half.

Ahead of the game against Kenya, Indian Football Skipper Sunil Chhetri humbly requested the Indian fans of football to show the team love and support by going to the stadium to watch them play. He said “abuse us, criticise us but please come to watch the Indian national team play.”

On June 2, he posted a video on his twitter account where he requested the fans of the game to watch them play, support them and encourage them. His video soon went viral and Indian Cricket Captain Virat Kohli along with Cricket Legend Sachin Tendulkar along with several others requested the fans to show the Indian Football Team the love they deserve. And surely enough the fans have responded so well that the tickets are now sold out ahead of the game against Kenya. Some youtubers also reacted to the Skipper’s request and they bought tickets and distributed them among the fans.

“I mean it’s not fun to criticise and abuse on internet. Come to the stadium, do it on our face, scream at us, shout at us, abuse us, who knows one day we might change you guys, you might start cheering for us. You guys have no idea how important you guys are and how important your support is,” Chhetri appealed.

The Indian Skipper Chhetri who is already in a good form will like to score early and score fast in their game against the physically stronger Kenya who are known for their attack but India has an equally strong defence, with Sandesh Jhinghan and Pritam Kotal guarding the backline. And with the addition of Narayan Das and Subhashis Bose the line-up looks formidable. And the Blue Tigers will try to continue with their winning streak by defeating Kenya in the upcoming match and moving ahead in the tournament.

What will happen in the game will be revealed once the match begins. But one thing is for sure that the Blue Tiger’s captain Sunil Chhetri will be the one on which the fan’s eyes will be focused on.

India’s Squad (4-2-3-1):
GOALKEEPERS: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Vishal Kaith
DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal, Anas Edathodika, Salam Ranjan Singh, Sandesh Jhingan, Lalruatthara, Narayan Das, Jerry Lalrinzuala, Subhasish Bose
MIDFIELDERS: Udanta Singh, Ashique Kuruniyan, Rowllin Borges, Anirudh Thapa, Pronay Halder, Md. Rafique, Halicharan Narzary, Laldanmawia Ralte
FORWARDS: Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Balwant Singh, Alen Deory.

Kenya’s Squad (4-3-3): Matasi; Ouma, Kibwage, Mohammed, Atudo; Omoto, Miheso, Otieno; Makwata, Mutamba, Ochieng

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