Responding to captain Sunil Chhetri’s plea, Mumbaikars gathered in large numbers at the Andheri Sports Complex on Monday evening as the Indian football team defeated Kenya 3-0 to seal a place in the final of the four-nation Intercontinental Cup with one match to go against New Zealand.
Chhetri made sure that around 10,000 people who came to witness team India don’t go home disappointed as the Indian skipper scored a brace even as heavy downpour threatened to play spoilsport.
After the match, in a tweet, he said that if the team continues to get this kind of support in every match, the players will even give their lives on the pitch.
“We promise you that if that’s the kind of support we get every time we play for the country, we will give our lives on the pitch. India, this night was special because we were in this together. Those in the stands shouting, and the ones at home cheering – thank you!,” the tweet read.