We desperately want to win against Kyrgyz Republic: Sunil Chhetri

first_imgIndia’s premier striker Sunil Chhetri says that the Indian team in only concentrating on the upcoming AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers against Kyrgyz Republic on June 13 in Bengaluru without dwelling much on their past victories.India have registered seven consecutive wins including the recent 2-0 victory over Nepal at the Andheri Sports Complex in Mumbai.”We desperately want to win against Kyrgyz Republic at home as they are the favourites and three points against them will boost our chances to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup 2019,” said Sunil Chhetri on the sidelines of the AIFF Awards Night on Thursday.The entire National Team was part of the first-ever AIFF Awards night where all 2016 AIFF Awards and Hero I-League Awards were presented to the recipients.”Kyrgyz Republic is a big hurdle for us but we are confident of qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup and the winning momentum that we got from the last few games adds to it. When you win everybody is happy. Winning changes things. It is very important for teams to keep winning. We hope to put our best foot forward,” Chhetri, who won the Hero of the Hero I-League Award, added.The recent rise in the FIFA Ranking which sees Constantine’s men at 100 has made the team more “determined” but Chhetri wasn’t willing to read much into it.”Rankings are important to some extent as there are a lot of variables at play but it is imperative for us to keep winning matches like we did against Myanmar, Puetro Rico and Nepal. As a player you never worry about FIFA Rankings, you put your head down and do the work,” Chettri, who is doubtful for the qualifier after he limped out of Bengaluru FC’s last group match against Mohun Bagan with a suspected muscle tear.advertisementChhetri also missed out on being a part of the Indian playing team that won 2-0 against Nepal, having been restricted to cheer from the bench.Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who was awarded the 2016 Award for Special Recognition added, “Rankings do matter but as a player our job is to concentrate on the pitch and give it our best.””We can only take good points going into the match against Kyrgyz Republic. We don’t have to be cocky about winning seven games in a row, but aim to maintain our winning streak,” the first-ever Indian to play in an Europa Cup match added.Meanwhile, Chhetri heaped praise on fellow forward Jeje Lalpekhlua who received the 2016 AIFF Player of the Year Award.”Jeje is the best player in the country right now. He has been outstanding for the country and whenever he plays we find ourselves in a comfortable position. He is going to take us places.”The Mizo striker has been a boon for both club and country and the forward even found the net against Nepal in India’s recent 2-0 win in the International Friendly. “My target right now is to win the match against Kyrgyz Republic and boost our effort to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup,” Jeje stated.”I contribute my performance to my hard work off the pitch and it is very important for me as well to keep scoring and help my team in whatever way possible.”Meanwhile, Debjit Majumdar, Udanta Singh, Nishu Kumar, Shubhasish Bose and Lalruatthara have been released from the camp. The team will be travelling to Bengaluru on the evening of June 10.last_img read more


first_imgThe best five days of summer begins in Le Mars Wednesday with the opening of the Plymouth County Fair.Fair President Rich Benson says there will be great entertainment with music and grandstand events like the tuff truck contest:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/FAIR.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………in the village. :11Century Hall has undergone a major remodeling for this year’s fair:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/FAIR2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….and things like that. :13Helicopter rides are back again this year.Attendance fees remains the same at $10 per person, or $40 for a carload.The Plymouth County Fair runs from Wednesday through Sunday.last_img read more