After Sunil Chhetri's plea, Mumbai stadium sold out

After Sunil Chhetri's plea, Mumbai stadium sold out

After Sunil Chhetri's plea, Mumbai stadium sold out

India's football worldwide against Kenya on June 4 was sold out in hours following captain Sunil Chhetri's emotional plea for fans to support the team after barely 2,500 people turned up to watch them play last week.

At last count, it has garnered 58.2K retweets and 123K likes on Twitter.

The match marked India's 13th win in its last 16 worldwide games.

His plea, on the other hand, made sure that the 10-15,000 seats at the Mumbai Football Arena were all sold out for India's second match with Kenya.

Chhetri, who scored a hat-trick in the previous match, added: "To all of you, who have lost hope or don't have any hope in Indian football, we request you to come and watch us in the stadium".

Meanwhile, Sunil Chhetri scored two goals (Brace) in his 100th global match which helped India beat Kenya 3-0. "You might start cheering for us".

Cricket-mad India may be home to 1.3 billion people but the country is a massive under-achiever as far as soccer is concerned, yet to make a single appearance at the World Cup finals and languishing at a lowly 97th in the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings.

The game opened up in the second half and Kenya nearly had the opener in the 49 minute when Ovella Ochieng burst through the centre of the Indian defence but could only shoot inches wide of the goal.

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Chhetri dedicated the win to his fans.

The country has qualified for the 2019 Asia Cup, after missing out on the 2015 edition, and Chhetri is expected to lead the forward line again. It has since rebounded and the country is now ranked 97.

The head coach also said that at the lemon break, players were showed clippings of how the proceedings went in the first half.

Growing up, Chhetri told Shekhar Gupta in this Walk The Talk interview (see below), football was in his blood.

The match also marked Chhetri's 100th appearance for India. His mother and her twin sister played football for Nepal.

That brought him to the attention City FC, a Delhi-based club, and before long to the attention of scouts from Mohun Bagan. He captioned the video, "This is nothing but a small plea from me to you. I told everyone about it", he told Shekhar Gupta.

Manchester United, who claimed to have 35 million Indian fans in 2013, and Liverpool regularly organise live screenings of Premier League fixtures which are heavily attended by their supporters.

On Sunday Sunil Chhetri admitted that he never thought that his emotional video that he posted on Twitter seeking support for the Indian Football team would create so much impact and has thanked star cricketer Virat Kohli for his response.

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