The Indian Football Team lifted the Intercontinental Cup after defeating Kenya 2-0 at Mumbai Football arena under the captaincy of Sunil Chettri.
An Inspiration victory for the Indian Football Team
Indian football team started the match on a victory note as seven minutes into the game it managed to score its first goal which was a flick from a free-kick.
Though the second half of the game belonged to Kenya, Sunil Chettri steered the team to victory as he became the joint second highest goal scorer among active players along with Argentinean star player Lionel Messi. The highest active goal scorer is Cristiano Ronaldo.
Chettri scored his 64th goal for the country.
In a previous match of the same tournament, India had blanked Kenya by 3-0.
Chettri alone had scored eight goals in four matches including a hat-trick against Chinese Taipei.
A Satisfied Indian Football Team Coach and Captain
After the Indian Football Team lifted the Intercontinental Cup following a splendid performance by skipper Sunil Chhetri, Indian football team head coach Stephen Constantine touted the victory as a “win for Indian football.”
“We really deserved to win this Cup and the players showed amazing character on the pitch in the final. This is a win for Indian Football. The work rate of the players was phenomenal and we showed how tough we are,” the coach said.
The Intercontinental Cup was memorable for skipper Sunil Chhetri as he not only earned his 100th international cap and scored seven goals in four matches, thus equalling Argentinean Lionel Messi’s record of 64 goals in international football.
“The boys wanted to win the tournament and we did it. It is a very important win for us and Indian Football in general.Kenya were trying to pressure us is in the second half but we showed phenomenal character to play as a team and thwart them away,” Chhetri stated.
The skipper, meanwhile, has already turned his eyes towards the AFC Asian Cup.
“Everything we do is about the AFC Asian Cup. The AFC Asian Cup is what we are preparing for and this tournament helped us in our preparation for that. I am trying to play as an example and reciprocate to everyone, trying to encourage each other in our quest for the AFC Asian Cup.”
Earlier, Chhetri struck two sublime strikes in the seventh and the 29th minute, one off his right and the second off his left, to help India beat Kenya 2-0 at a packed Mumbai Football Arena and lift the Intercontinental Cup.