Indian Football

Sunil Chhetri: India's icon hails RFDL for giving youngsters opportunities

Arjun Singh Devgan
Chhetri is India's all-time record goalscorer
Chhetri is India's all-time record goalscorer / Matthew Ashton - AMA/GettyImages

Indian men's senior national team skipper and talisman, Sunil Chhetri has hailed the Reliance Foundation Development League (RFDL) for giving youngsters a much-needed platform to display their talents.

The inaugural RFDL saw seven Indian Super League clubs and Reliance Foundation Young Champs compete for the top honours, with the top two teams getting a chance to participate in the NextGen Cup to be held in the United Kingdom.

Bengaluru FC recently became the inaugural winners of the RFDL after beating Kerala Blasters FC in the final, meaning that the two clubs will participate in the NextGen Cup.

Chhetri for his part hailed the Reliance Foundation for doing what was needed for the promotion of football in India.

"There are so many players, especially youngsters, who do not get enough chances. Some of them when they do get it, they make the most out of it. Reliance Foundation Development League is the right step forward in the right direction. So many players of different teams who did not get enough chances in the ISL, played and are playing here. They can also look forward to playing 90 minutes in a competitive tournament," he said as quoted by The Bridge.

"Congratulations, Reliance Foundation for doing what was really needed," the striker added.

The Football Association of Zambia recently called of their international friendly with the India men's national senior team after confirming that they cannot field a team to represent them on the field, meaning that Chhetri will look to use the friendly against Jordan on May 28 in order to get some much-needed match practice ahead of the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.