The Mumbai Football Arena stadium doesn’t seems to be dull even in the heavy rain because of the two reason. Firstly, Indian skipper Sunil Chhetri marked his 100th appearance at the second match of the Intercontinental Cup 2018 against Kenya and secondly, his heartfelt appeal to the fans to come up and support the Indian Football team actually worked.
Sunil Chhetri has justified his 100th international appearance by striking twice and led the team to win by 3-0 against Kenya on Monday evening. He earned a penalty and make a goal at the 68th minute while Jeje Lapekhlua gave a pile- driver strike at the 71st minute.
In the first half, the match was downpour by a heavy rain but as the rain stopped, the groundsmen worked hard to get the water out of the field. After a landmark win, Chhetri was emotional with the support of the excited crowd.
He said, “If this kind of turnout that is going to come to watch us, we can give our lives on the pitch”.The Kenya team performed well in the first half and had the territorial advantage, but Indian team hit back strongly after the break and scored well.
The appeal by Sunil Chhetri turns out to be positive as the stadium witnessed the crowd of around 8890 people.
However, the coach of the Indian Football team, Stephen Constantine was not convinced to give the credit to Chhetri’s appeal to the audience and instead felt that it was the team performance over the last few years that grabs the good support.
Stephen said, “I don’t feel we should be begging people to watch the national team. The response has been unbelievable when the national team has been playing the manner we have been playing in the last three years it was disappointing to see the turnout in the first match”.