Times of Oman
Price in RO
24ct / gm
22ct / gm
Forex Rates vs R01
Back to Homepage
Football: India captain Chhetri says clashes with Pakistan ‘always special’
August 16, 2014 , 4 : 26 pm GST
SAVE THIS ARTICLE
The football series also offers the teams an opportunity to assess their strengths and weaknesses ahead of the Asian Games in South Korea next month.Wikimedia/Creative Commons
Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri said playing against arch-rivals Pakistan was "always special", as his team geared up for an ice-breaking two-match series starting on Sunday.
The ace striker also hoped the short series would help improve the political climate between the hostile neighbours.
"All the matches that I have played against them (Pakistan) have been much more than a normal game and both the sides (are) aware of it," Chhetri said.
"For them too, this is a special game. An Indo-Pak clash is always special."
Football takes a back seat in the cricket-mad subcontinent but such is the rivalry between the two countries that any sporting clash attracts keen interest.
"History will tell you that sports has always been the binding factor in promoting bilateral relations between the two countries," Chhetri said.
"It's important to build (the) relationship via sports, especially with your neighbouring countries."
India suspended bilateral sporting ties with its neighbour in the aftermath of the deadly 2008 attacks on Mumbai, blamed on militants from Pakistan.
That deadlock hurt cricket the most, a game millions are obsessed with on both sides of the border.
The Pakistan cricket team did tour India for a short limited-over series in December 2012-January 2013 but the countries are yet to play a full bilateral series.
The football series also offers the teams an opportunity to assess their strengths and weaknesses ahead of the Asian Games in South Korea next month.
Online tickets for Sunday's game were sold-out with brisk selling also reported at the stadium's box office.
"The response has been very good," Kunaal Majgaonkar, the media manager for All India Football Federation, said.
"We had offered 2,400 tickets online and all of these have been sold out. Window sales are also brisk and 85 per cent tickets have been sold so far," he said.
India has long struggled in world football and is currently ranked 150th out of 208 in the governing body Fifa's rankings while Pakistan is further down in 164th place.
The second and final match will be played on Wednesday.
Rate this Article
Rates : 0, Average : 0
Post a Comment
Did you like this section? Leave a comment!
Your Name :
Your Email Address :
Your Comment :
Enter Image Text:
No Comments Posted
Latest in this section
Premier League Football: Bloodied Skrtel earns Liverpool point
Winners of His Majesty’s Cup for Youth to be announced on Monday
Indian Super League gives Indian football a re-launch pad
Cricket: Batting approach in overseas tours has improved, says India skipper Dhoni
Oman Cricket League: Muscat CT, NBO A, Ooredoo, Times of Oman register wins
TOP RATED ARTICLES
Bangladeshi expats observe Victory Day in Oman
Times News Service
Iconic lensman showcases his art in Oman
‘She Taxis’ to be launched in Hyderabad
Aftab H. Kola
Back-breaking bags a bane for schoolchildren in Oman
HM The Sultan condoles Pakistani President
More in News
Sri Lanka restores blood-soaked railway to Tamil heartland
Bucharest 'khans' reborn after decades of neglect
More than just a moustache - Adolf Hitler vs Charlie Chaplin
Urban gardens greening Berlin rooftops, airfield
Tips for writing a good article
More in Features
Pakistan passing through a seminal moment in history
Confronting an ugly killer
CIA pursued the wrong targets
Driving Ukrainians into Putin’s arms
Humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons in focus
More in Columns
Copyright © 2012 Muscat Press & Publishing House SAOC. All rights reserved. Times of Oman is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.
For reprint rights contact:
TOO Online Editorial