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AFC Challenge Cup ’08 is India’s

Posted in Football, India, politics, soccer, sports by clash on August 14, 2008

Far away from the hustle and bustle of Olympics and the brouhaha  about a single gold medal won by an Indian, the unsung heroes of Indian football piped Tajikistan 4-1 in the final match of AFC Challenge Cup that happened in New Delhi. This is not any attempt to discredit the great achievement by Abhinav Bindra in shooting but as always our media went too far in creating an unwanted buzz about his achievement, which looks very puny when weighed against the massive population of India – 1 billion. By creating this kind of a frenzy about Abhinav Bindra, our media is toeing the lines of our corrupt politicians and lazy bureaucrats, who are trying to rally on this gold, while making us forget the pathetic state of sports in India.

The final match was shifted to New Delhi as the Gacchibowli stadium in Hyderabad turned out to be a paddy field because of the incessant rains that belted in the city. As it is, the city did not deserve to hold the finals as hardly any fans turned up to the stadium to watch the tournament. Contrary to what happened in Hyderabad, the New Delhi stadium was filled with a huge number of well-wishers of Indian football, men and women alike.

There is nothing much to be written about the final match as India were already 3-0 up by 23 minutes through goals of Sunil Chhetri and Baichung Bhutia. Over all the team played their heart out. Tajikistan too had their chances in the game, but they were too rattled to stage a come back in the match. Our defenders did quite well barring the occasional glitches that led to dangerous counter attacking by the Tajiks.  The defense would have been much better, if we had the service of Mahesh Gawli, who is injured.

The midfielders had better day on the field and i am quite impressed by Meharajuddin Wadoo who came on as a substitute for N.P.Pradeepan, who was quite rusty in the whole tournament. There is nothing much to talk about Steven Dias; his crosses and spot kicks were the highlight of this tournament. This man has a long way to go.  I am still a bit apprehensive in praising Climax Lawrence, though he had a good game as the rest of the team members.

The forward line was quite exemplary yesterday with Chhetri pitching in with a hat-trick. I criticised Chhetri for his performance level in the group stages, but now, i think i will have to re-think on this. He did play very well, held the ball up, had good close control and scored 3 goals and this is a massive achievement for him as he is a shorty, nippy forward. Whatever you may say, Baichung undoubtedly is the trump card of India and he is so lively and remarkably flexible for his age. I hope we will have his service extended till the Asian Cup of 2011.

The real hero in this tournament is Subrato Paul, for me. He is an outstanding young goal keeper, who will grow in stature in the coming years. He is tall, brave and marvellously acrobatic in the goal. He was very influential through out the tournament and made some splendid saves through out the tournament. He seems to be a very calm and cool customer and i seriously wish that some international scouts pick him up, so that he can have a stint outside the country, which will help him massively.

By winning the AFC Challenge Cup we have sealed a berth in the 2011 Asian Cup happening in Qatar, by then we will have some more talented youngsters to choose from and they will offer serious contention for the current crop of players. Mind you, we have an u-16 team, who have blanked Asian power houses like Saudi Arabia and South Korea. 

The media as always is beating drums for some Phelps who is of no importance to us. it took a bloody 2 hours for the websites of these illustrious beacons of our society to update and write a few lines about our football teams victory. Neither did i expect anything spectacular from them. There will be no victory parades in open buses, no endowments from the governments but Indian football will rally on; sad to say with a corrupt and inefficient man heading the ALL India Football Federation.

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  1. Jeegs! said, on August 18, 2008 at 9:26 am

    U have very correctly wriiten about the too much brouhaha about the single gold india won in a sport which is not too popular anywhere in the world. The achievement of the Indian Football team could have got much more coverage if not any credible endowments. The victory in the AFC should surely rank as one of Indias sporting success story in the recnt times. Keep up ur good work for the success of Indian soccer.


  2. rohit said, on September 1, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    i love watching soccer and i saw all teh matches of the indian soccer team in AFC cup i observed that no doubt we hav egot one of teh best team insoccer as well … i loved watching my nation team qualifing for 2011 asia qualifier….. its all bad politics that in india we are promoting CRICKET too much and ignoring soccer …. iam really sorry to say that indian politics is one of the worst politics in world …. we are being led my the criminals and un educated people …………… we should give the importance to the soccer team indai and i am sure they can perform better than our CRICKIT team ..**************PROMOTE SOCCER**********

  3. […] Indian football cherish 2008 as one of the greatest years in its existence by qualifying for the Asian Cup and Dempo, the only professional club from India reaching the semi-finals of AFC Cup and qaulifying […]

  4. Ashish said, on January 8, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    Dont see u at the Indian Football Fans community anymore, what happened?

  5. ABHINAV said, on June 19, 2009 at 7:50 am

    it would be great if we qualify for 2012 Olympics and 2014 World Cup

  6. clash said, on June 19, 2009 at 9:13 am

    it would always be great to qualify for any of these competitions but with what we have in hand, we simply wont. A miracle could help us!

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