After the remarkable 2-0 win at the Hero intercontinental cup 2018 against Kenya, the Indian football team is all set to brace the next challenge. According to AIFF (All India Football Federation), the men’s team will participate in the upcoming AFC Asian Cup 2019 to be held from January 1 to February 5 in the United Arab Emirates.
The AIFF is in talks to organize international- friendlies before the main event. Though India currently ranks 97th in the FIFA charts, it will compete with Saudi Arabia, ranked 67th and China ranked 75th, if all goes well. The team is in high spirits after the win against Kenya.
But while the senior team prepares for the major sporting event, the younger players will be competing at the Asian Games to be held in Jakarta this year. The Indian Coach, Stephen Constantine had urged the Indian Government to permit the team to compete at the Asian Games as this would immensely benefit the young players. The event will be played by the U-23 players along with three seniors, according to official reports.
As the world watches the ongoing FIFA World Cup with bated breath, it seems that the hopes to see to see the Indian flag at the same level have been invigorated. Although the journey is long and full of trials, this can be seen as a major step.
Recently, Sunil Chhetri’s video had gone viral in which he appealed to the people to come to the stadium and support the team. The video was re-posted by a number of celebrities including Sachin Tendulkar and Indian Cricket team captain Virat Kohli to name a few and is said to have changed the perspective of the spectators.
The support of the people will surely boost the confidence of the players and encourage them to perform better and better at every stage.