Kolkata: “abuse us, criticise us but please come to watch the Indian national team play…”Sunil Chhetri, one of the greatest footballers that India has produced, on Saturday made an impassioned plea to all the fans.
World Cup football to begin and broadcasters urging fans of the ‘beautiful game’ to profess their love for their ‘doosri country’ via hashtags, country’s all-time highest goal-getter demanded some love and affection for their ‘first country’.
India will face Kenya on June 4, which will incidentally be Chhetri’s 100th international match. “I request you all to please come …Talk about the game, go back home, have discussions, make banners. Please get involved, this is an important time and juncture in Indian football and football in India needs you guys.”
“To all of you, who have lost hope or don’t have any hope in Indian football, we request you to come and watch us in the stadium,” the skipper said.
The skipper appealed “I mean it’s not fun to criticise and abuse on internet. Come to the stadium, do it on our face, scream at us, shout at us, abuse us, who knows one day we might change you guys, you might start cheering for us. You guys have no idea how important you guys are and how important your support is.”