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Champions, yes! But this may not be the way forward for Indian Football

Indian football team is doing really well in recent times. Their performance has improved drastically under Stephen Constantine

Last updated: 19.06.2018
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Victory against Kenya in the Intercontinental Cup Final will give The Blue Tigers much needed boost ahead of their Asia Cup campaign starting next year. A couple of fine strikes by the captain courageous Sunil Chhetri has helped India beat Kenya 2-0 in the final at Mumbai. The Indian skipper took his tally to 64 international goals, as he became the joint second highest goalscorer (with Argentina’s great Lionel Messi) among the active players behind Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored 81 goals.

Sunil Chhetri is leading the way in Indian Football

Indian football team is doing really well in recent times. Their performance has improved drastically under Stephen Constantine. He has Instil confidence in the players to play their natural game. Constantine brought lots of young talented players to the senior team. Players like Sandesh Jhingan, Pritam Kotal, Udanta Singh, Pranoy Halder are playing consistently for India. India is currently ranked 97th in the world after their stellar show in the Intercontinental Cup it will improve further. AIFF’s decision to let Indian team participate in the Asian Games is a positive move. Even though it is a U-23 competition but they will get to play against stronger opponents. It will definitely help them when these players turn up for the senior side.

There is no doubt that the performance of the Indian side has improved immensely. It seems that goal for this Indian football team is to win the maximum number of matches and keep the winning momentum going, which is a positive sign no doubt. But having said that AIFF must think about the future of Indian football. Most of the success of this Indian team have come against the considerably weaker oppositions. It may look good on record books but in reality, for the growth of Indian football, it is not the ideal scenario.

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The main aim of the Indian team management should be to qualify for the FIFA World Cup within 10 years. For that to happen India must play more against the quality opponents. It is better to play against the first team of Malaysia, Uzbekistan, China, Japan, Thailand rather than second string sides of Kenya, New Zealand, Chinese Taipei etc. Indian team should play more away matches in the adverse condition it will make them more strong mentally as a team. While it is all good to win matches in front of their home crowd it will be greater help for them if they play in more challenging conditions. AIFF doing a decent job has made some notable changes in Indian football but they should consider these things seriously for the betterment of Indian football.

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