India’s defeat in the hands of Bahrain came as a shock to the nation. Not long after the heartbreaking exit, coach Stephen Constantine announced his departure as coach of the Indian national football team. That’s not all, veteran defender Ana Edathodika announced his retirement. With two departures from the team, skipper Sunil Chhetri is undaunted. Speaking about his retirement plans, Chhetri said that he has no reasons to hang his boots.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Chhetri said: “No reason to (retire). One day there will be a No. 10 who will be better than me. Till then, I think I can contribute.” He also added that he couldn’t sleep after the 1-0 defeat against Bahrain. “I usually sleep a lot. After the win against Thailand, I was fairly confident we would qualify, so to absorb this is particularly difficult. Gutted,” he added.
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India’s loss resulted in the team crashing out of the Asian Cup 2019 campaign. India struggled to set their authority over Bahrain throughout the match. The opposing team carried out relentless attacks against a defensive-minded India. Eventually, they found the gap and took their chance towards the end of the match, sealing a victory.