“19 days, 561,856 votes The #AsianCup2019 favorite participant has been determined. Congratulations Sunil Chhetri!” stated the AFC in its tweet asserting the outcome.
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— #AsianCup2023 (@afcasiancup) 1596260861000
35-year-old Chhetri scored twice throughout the group stage of the Asian Cup final season during which India got here near securing a shock Spherical of 16 spot. Each objectives got here of their 4-1 win over Thailand within the opening match.
With 72 objectives and 115 appearances, Chhetri is India’s all-time highest goalscorer and the most-capped participant. Chhetri was earlier named an Asian Icon by the AFC on his 34th birthday.
Chhetri had earlier urged the Indian girls’s group to depart no stone unturned and begin making ready from now itself for the AFC Girls’s Asian Cup scheduled to be held in India in 2022.
In June this 12 months, AFC granted India the suitable to host the coveted continental event. This makes it the second main girls’s event to be held in India within the area of two years after the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2021.
“It’s a tremendous alternative that they’ve — to play in such a high-level event. These are the degrees the place you need to be, taking part in one of the best within the continent,” Chhetri, who holds the excellence of being the one Indian participant to have appeared in two totally different editions of an Asian Cup, stated.
“I would like to induce all of them to start out making ready for the event any more itself. The very last thing you need to do is really feel remorse when you begin taking part in the event.
“Look into each small facet of your recreation and attempt to enhance it — your contact, pace, saving skill, taking pictures, burning these additional physique fat — the method wants to start out from proper now,” he added.