The Indian football team take on Kenya in their second match of the Intercontinental Cup 2018 at the Mumbai Football Arena on Monday, with the occasion set to be a momentous one as Indian captain Sunil Chhetri gets set to play his 100th game for the national team. He will become the first player to achieve the mark with the senior team, thus marking a massive landmark in what has been a truly inspiring career.
The build-up to the match has been dominated by the video posted by the Indian captain on Saturday, where he urged fans in Mumbai to watch the match at the stadium and fill the stands to cheer for the Men in Blue. The video went extremely viral, with personalities across various fields in the country also endorsing Chhetri’s call and encouraging people to come to the arena to watch the match.
In a heartwarming gesture, Chhetri also received a guard of honour by the Indian squad as they came on to the pitch to warm up ahead of the match. The 33-year-old, who made his debut 13 years ago against Pakistan, was gracious as usual while accepting the guard of honour and thanked his teammates profusely for their heartfelt tribute.
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Stephen Constantine opted for an unchanged lineup from the team that thrashed Chinese Taipei on June 1, where India recorded a heavy 5-0 win and Chhetri scored a hattrick – his third for the Indian team. Udanta Singh and Pranoy Halder scored the remaining two goals of the match.