Sunil Chhetri discusses India’s upcoming clash against Afghanistan

Blue Tigers Set for Crucial Clash with Afghanistan in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

The Indian football team is gearing up to face Afghanistan in the FIFA World Cup and AFC Asian Cup Joint Qualification Round 2 at the Damac Stadium in Abha, Saudi Arabia on March 22, marking a crucial early showdown.

Looking to secure a spot in the third round of World Cup qualifiers, the Blue Tigers are currently positioned third in Group A with three points from two matches, trailing just behind Kuwait. Eyes are set on delivering strong performances in the upcoming back-to-back clashes against Ashley Westwood’s Afghanistan team.

Captain Sunil Chhetri, sharing his perspective on the upcoming encounter, reflected on his history against Afghanistan, having played eight matches and scored four goals against them over the years. The rivalry between the two nations has intensified, with notable confrontations at various tournaments, including the SAFF Championship finals where India clinched victory twice, while Afghanistan emerged victorious in 2013.

Notably, India previously triumphed over Afghanistan in the 2022 Asian Cup Qualifiers with a 2-1 scoreline, marked by Chhetri’s precise free-kick and Sahal Abdul Samad’s crucial late winner. Recalling the intense moments from past encounters, Chhetri highlighted the significance of Sahal’s goal in securing qualification for the Asian Cup, branding it a memorable and historic moment in Indian football.

As the stage is set for another gripping showdown between India and Afghanistan, football enthusiasts eagerly await the outcome of this crucial match with hopes of witnessing the Blue Tigers continue their impressive run in the qualifiers. Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting journey in the World Cup and Asian Cup qualification rounds.

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