“19 days, 561,856 votes The #AsianCup2019 favorite participant has been determined. Congratulations Sunil Chhetri!” mentioned the AFC in its tweet asserting the end result.
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35-year-old Chhetri scored twice in the course of the group stage of the Asian Cup final season by which India got here near securing a shock Spherical of 16 spot. Each targets got here of their 4-1 win over Thailand within the opening match.
With 72 targets 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 workforce to go away no stone unturned and begin making ready from now itself for the AFC Ladies’s Asian Cup scheduled to be held in India in 2022.
In June this yr, AFC granted India the correct to host the coveted continental match. This makes it the second main girls’s match 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 match. These are the degrees the place you need to be, taking part in the very 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, mentioned.
“I might like to induce all of them to begin making ready for the match any further itself. The very last thing you need to do is really feel remorse when you begin taking part in the match.
“Look into each small side of your recreation and attempt to enhance it — your contact, pace, saving skill, capturing, burning these further physique fat — the method wants to begin from proper now,” he added.