“It’s not a declaration but I think I have had enough of SAFF,” the 34-year-old said.
“I was fortunate to play SAFF three or four times. I am not declaring anything right now but I had a chat with the coach and he said he wants to bring a lot of junior players which I think is a very good thing.”
“It’s not trying to demean the other teams in the SAFF region. It’s a great opportunity for the youngsters to come to the table and show the coach that they also have potential. I think even with the U-23 team, we are very strong in the SAFF region. I hope they do well and we retain the championship,” Chhetri said.
The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) had omitted the men and women’s football teams from the Asian Games contingent, stating that they don’t stand a chance to win medals in the continental event to be held in Indonesian twin cities of Jakarta and Palembang.