Indian Football

"Doha Has Always Had an Emotional Connection With Me" - India Captain Sunil Chhetri Looking Forward to Play in Doha

Mudeet Arora
Sunil Chhetri is eager to play for India in Doha
Sunil Chhetri is eager to play for India in Doha / Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Indian national football team captain Sunil Chhetri is looking forward to play in Doha, Qatar as his team is all set to feature in their remaining 2022 World Cup qualifying matches in June.

The Blue Tigers have reached Qatar already and will begin their campaign against the hosts on June 3. The last time these two teams met, the game ended in a historic goalless draw for India in a game in which Sunil Chhetri was ruled out due to an injury.

However, he will play against them in June and while speaking to the AIFF, Chhetri has revealed his connection with Doha.

He said, "Doha has always had an emotional connection with me. It was there that I played in the 2011 Asian Cup, and also the AFC Cup final for my club Bengaluru FC. Personally, I am eagerly looking forward to being in Doha. The last time I was in Doha, I couldn't be a part of the match against Qatar owing to illness."

India will take on Qatar on June 3 followed by Afghanistan on June 7. They will then take on Bangladesh on June 15 and Chettri looked forward to these three tests.

He concluded, "The matches in June are extremely tough and we need to take them one at a time. Given the fact that we don't have much time, the preparatory camp will add immense value helping all to gel together, and strike that chord ahead of the first match."