The Indian football team, led by Sunil Chhetri, qualified for a second consecutive AFC Asian Cup after Palestine defeated the Philippines 4-0 in the AFC Cup qualification rounds on Tuesday. While India went on to defeat Hong Kong on Tuesday, Palestine’s victory ensured that both teams qualified for the AFC Asian Cup 2023.
Following India’s qualifying for the AFC Asian Cup, congratulatory messages began to stream in from all across. The BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, also joined in and wrote a congratulatory message on Twitter.
“Great work by the Indian Football team on qualifying for the 2023 AFC Asian Cup! Led by the captain @SunilChhetri, the team has shown great spirit and no better place to do this than the Mecca of Football, good support by the fans throughout,” he wrote in his tweet.
As it turns out, BCCI President made a massive mistake as he tagged the wrong Sunil Chhetri on Twitter. Sourav Ganguly tagged Chhetri’s namesake from Nepal, who pointed out the error by commenting on Sourav Ganguly’s Twitter post. “Hi Sourav, this is Sunil from Nepal, not your captain Sunil Chhetri. Please correct your mention for your captain,” the user wrote.
Here is the post
The BCCI President later corrected his post, which has now been deleted. As for the Indian football team, they defeated Hong Kong 4-0 in their biggest victory under coach Igor Stimac. They eventually finished first in Group D. Blue Tigers’ goals came from Anwar Ali, Sunil Chhetri, Manvir Singh, and Ishan Pandita.
In the meantime, Sunil Chhetri, captain of the Indian men’s football team, has become the joint fifth highest goalscorer in international football history. Chhetri accomplished this feat during Tuesday’s AFC Asian Cup Qualifier against Hong Kong, scoring his 84th goal. On the international stage, he has now matched the goalscoring feats of renowned Real Madrid and Hungarian player Ferenc Puskas.
Ronaldo currently holds the record for most goals scored in international football with 117, while Messi is fourth with 86.