All about ‘you and ourselves’, as Blue Tigers prepare for SAFF C’ship Final

Two gestures post-match after the facile 3-1 victory against the Maldives in the SAFF Championship best describe the camaraderie in the Blue Tigers camp at the moment.

Moments after Sunil Chhetri was named the Man of the Match in India’s 3-1 victory over the Maldives in their last group league match in the SAFF Championship, he walked up to Lalengmawia and handed him over his Man of the Match Award – a snazzy watch. “This is yours. You deserve this more than me,” Sunil uttered, as Sunil’s gesture floored Lalengwamia.

And even before that happened, the entire contingent posed with a jersey of Farukh Choudhary saying in chorus “We love you, Farukh.” The Blue Tigers had also placed Farukh’s jersey no. 12 on the bench all throughout the match. And, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu even wore Farukh’s jersey at the post-match flash interview.

“This is for Farukh,” Gurpreet stated, pointing to Farukh’s jersey. “Unfortunately, he sustained a bad injury and he did have very valuable assists in the match against Nepal. It was extremely harsh that he had to go out. We want to dedicate it to Farukh and make it worth it.”

Striker Farukh had suffered an ACL injury in the match against Nepal, and that has ruled him out for the rest of the Championship.

The Blue Tigers aren’t all about ‘I-me-myself.’ Rather, the Blue Tigers are all about ‘You and ourselves.’

The character on display against the Maldives was immense, that too in front of a packed stadium. Courtesy of the 3-1 victory, the Blue Tigers topped the round-robin format with eight points staying the sole unbeaten team in the process. They now meet Nepal in the final slated for October 16.

The mood, however, in the camp isn’t much willing to get into a celebration mode. The boys understand that nothing has been won as yet, and the next 90 minutes can always be extremely cruel. However, that didn’t stop them from celebrating Sunil’s brace, and his “amazing consistency”.

“He has been such an inspiration in Indian Football and it’s amazing how he continues to be at the top of his game so consistently. The manner in which he conducts himself on and off the pitch is so motivational for all of us,” Lalengmawia stated. “Whenever we get into a crucial game, he raises the bar and scores and makes it easier for all of us. “It’s a blessing we have him in the team – a real honor to be playing with him, training with him.”

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu added: “79 goals in 123 matches at the International level doesn’t come with luck. He deserves what he has achieved as he works extremely hard for all of that. He says he is going to do it, and does it on the field. What one can learn from him is his passion and determination. He has been doing his job, and in the end that’s what it all matters.”

Sunil’s striking partner upfront, Manvir Singh, who scored the opener against the Maldives mentioned: “I am very happy to have done my job. We are extremely motivated. We look forward to the final and need to recover in time for the final.” The contingent had their recovery session at the hotel premises and will travel to Male tomorrow (October 15) for their final training session ahead of the final.

For Trial related updates: Latest trials updates in Mumbai Football

Also Read: Renu’s early strike hands India victory over Chinese Taipei

Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for all the latest happenings in the world of Indian football

Opportunity to make the team: U.K.M. Kothrud FC conducts selection trials for girls team

Pune-based U.K.M. Kothrud FC has announced that they will be conducting selection trials for their girl’s team on 15th January 2023 The club welcomes all players to come and showcase…


The Sunday Football League Season 4 is back

The Sunday Football League is back with its fourth season, and it’s shaping up to be the best one yet. With eight talented teams competing at the Kes Kandivali turf, there…


BFC Soccer Schools Elite team trials in Feb

Bengaluru FC launched their Mumbai program last season with the Soccer Schools and Elite programs with its local partner Soccer Schools of Excellence (SSE).  Bengaluru Football Club is a professional club…


India Khelo Football Season 2 Trials in Mumbai: A Chance to Kickstart Your Football Career

After conducting trials in 34 cities & villages across India, India Khelo Football is coming to Mumbai to hunt talent on 7th January. India Khelo Football kickstarted its season 2…


Mumbai Customs to conduct trials for Elite League

Former champions Mumbai Customs will be holding open trials for the upcoming MFA Elite Corporate League (Elite Division) The 2019 MFA Elite Division champions Mumbai Customs are conducting open trials…


Sunday Boys to hold trials for MFA 1st Division

MFA 1st division side Sunday Boys FC will be conducting trials in the first week of November for the upcoming football season Sunday Boys Football Club was established in the…


Millat FC to hold trials for MFA Elite Premier League

Millat FC – a club plying their trade in MFA Elite Division will be conducting open trials for their upcoming 2022-23 season Last season Millat had a decent run in…


MFA Elite Division club KSA to conduct trials for the upcoming season

Karnataka Sporting Association (KSA) – a club plying their trade in MFA Elite Division will be conducting open trials for their upcoming 2022-23 season Last season KSA had an amazing…


Young Guns Football Acadmey to conduct trials for their upcoming MFA 3rd Division Campaign

MFA 3rd Division club Young Guns Football Academy will be conducting open trials on October 9th for their upcoming season in Mumbai Football Young Guns Football Academy was founded in…


OSCAR SSE to conduct trials for Youth I League and YPL team in the U13 category in Mumbai

Mumbai-based OSCAR SSE will conduct trials for their Youth I League and YPL team on 16th and 17th July 2022 at Wings Sports Centre ground. Oscar SSE is a 2-star…