Chhetri fully fit for Asian qualifiers: Stimac

Kolkata, May 10 (PTI) Indian football team head coach Igor Stimac is confident that India will secure a place in next year’s tournament in China by winning next month’s Asian Cup qualifiers and charismatic captain Sunil Chhetri will also make a comeback in the team in a fit state. are doing .

Chhetri, 37, will return to the team after six months. He last played against Nepal in the SAIF Championship final in October when India scored 3. Won 0.

Stimac said Chhetri is completely fit and will continue to be the strength of the team.

He said, “Sunil is completely fit. We didn’t play him in the matches against Bahrain and Belarus because he needed time to regain fitness.

He said, “This break has been good for him and now he is completely fit. This is visible in practice. He will be the pivot of the Indian team’s attack.

Chhetri did not play against Belarus and Bahrain in March due to fitness reasons.

Stimac’s contract was extended till September 2022 and now the focus will be on them too.

He said in an online conversation, “Expectations are always there. I am sure we are well prepared. Some players are not with us but we will do well.

India have to play ATK Mohun Bagan on Wednesday and I-League All-Star team on May 17 in practice matches. This is followed by practice matches with Zambia (25 May) and Jordan (28 May) in Doha.

India is the highest ranked team in Group D, playing Hong Kong, Afghanistan and Cambodia.