Chhetri might skip SAFF Cup

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KOLKATA, Aug 16 (PTI): India captain Sunil Chhetri on Thursday said he might skip next month’s SAFF Cup in Bangladesh.

“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.”

Defending champions India have won the title seven times and would start as a favourite when Bangladesh hosts the event for the third time from September 4 to 15.

“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.

Chhetri also regretted that the national football teams did not get a chance to compete at the Asian Games.

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.

 

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