Sunil Chhetri credits youngsters for triumph at SAFF Championship

Talismanic skipper Sunil Chhetri played a pivotal role in India’s eighth SAFF Championships title triumph by striking five goals but he credited the young brigade for the team’s victory. The 37-year-old Chhetri went past the legendary Pele and equalled Lionel Messi when he scored the team’s opener — and his 80th goal — against Nepal … Read more

India beat Nepal 3-0 to win SAAF Championship for 8th time, Chhetri equals Messi with 80 goals

Talisman Sunil Chhetri equalled the iconic Lionel Messi with his 80th international strike as an inspired India blanked Nepal 3-0 for their eighth SAFF Championship title here on Saturday. India extended their domination in the regional tournament thanks to second half goals from Chhetri (49th minute), Suresh Singh (50th) and Sahal Abdul Samad (90th). With … Read more

Sunil Chhetri breaks Brazilian legend Pele’s international goal record

Pele had scored 77 goals for Brazil and Chhetri went past the Brazilian superstar when he scored a goal in the 62nd minute in the match against the Maldives. Indian skipper Sunil Chhetri on Wednesday broke legendary football player Pele’s record during the match against the Maldives in the ongoing 2021 SAFF Championship. Pele had … Read more

Sunil Chhetri double propels India to SAFF Championship final

Talismanic captain Sunil Chhetri struck twice to lead a beleaguered India to a 3-1 win over hosts Maldives in their final league match and enter the final of the SAFF Championships here on Wednesday. Chhetri scored in the 62nd and 71st minutes after Manvir Singh had given India the lead in the 33rd minute in … Read more

SAFF Championship: India face Nepal in must-win match

A beleaguered Indian football team faces Nepal in a must-win match in the SAFF Championship here on Sunday. Seven-time winners India are yet to log full points from a game in this edition of the tournament, having drawn both their matches against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Both the remaining matches are must-win ones for India … Read more

SAFF Championship | India looks for its first win

After the disappointing 1-1 draw against 10-man Bangladesh, India will need to quickly get its act together when it takes on Sri Lanka in its second SAFF Championship football match here on Thursday. India will look game to register its first win in the tournament, which it won a record seven times. Head coach Igor … Read more

Sunil Chhetri goes down memory lane

Indian football talisman Sunil Chhetri says he shared the best rapport with former captain Bhaichung Bhutia and striker Jeje Lalpekhlua on the field, thanks to their playing “combination” and “understanding”. The 37-year-old Chhetri is set to appear in his fifth SAFF Championship and before its kick off, he took a walk down the memory lane … Read more

Indian football team gears up for SAFF Championship in Maldives

Push the team bus to the background, and board the speed boat — the sole mode of commute from the mainland to the team hotel. Welcome to the Maldives, the venue for the SAFF Championship which kicks off in the Island Nation from October 1 onwards. The ride through the pristine waters of the Indian … Read more

No one knows what the future of Afghan sports will be

It’s a scary moment not only for the people living in Afghanistan but also for people leaving Afghanistan with the Taliban taking over. I have a lot of friends in Kabul and they are scared, they are shocked, but still harbour hopes that everything is going to be fine. At the moment, though, no one … Read more