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Sunil Chhetri to miss the King’s Cup to give time to his pregnant wife

Sunil Chhetri

Due to paternal duties, Sunil Chhetri has asked for a leave from AIFF and head coach Igor Stimac to spend this special time with his family. The captain’s request is granted, and he is now on a break to enjoy his fatherhood. Due to his leave, Sunil Chhetri will not be participating in the King’s Cup but will be available for the Asian Games.

Sunil Chhetri announced his wife’s pregnancy:

During the Intercontinental Cup, Chhetri announced news about her wife’s pregnancy. After scoring against Vanuatu, he ran to the technical area and also showed a baby-bump gesture to his wife. Moreover, in the post-match interview, Sunil Chhetri said,

“Me and my wife are expecting a baby; this is how she wanted me to announce- it’s for her and the baby. I just hope we get all the blessings and wishes.”

Sunil Chhetri becomes the father of a baby boy:

The Indian National Football Team captain, Sunil Chhetri, and his wife, Sonam Bhattacharya, have been blessed with a baby boy. On August 31, Chhetri welcomed the newest member of his family. Particularly, the new-born baby is healthy with no noticeable deformities.

King’s Cup Fixtures:

49th King’s Cup 2023 Draw Result:

September 7, 2023 (16:00 IST): Iraq vs. India

September 7, 2023 (19:00 IST): Thailand vs. Lebanon

September 10, 2023 (16:00 IST): Third-place play-off

September 10, 2023 (19:00 IST): Final

Indian Squad for the upcoming King’s Cup:

Respecting the captain’s request, Igor Stimac also named his squad for the upcoming King’s Cup, excluding Sunil Chhetri. Let’s have a look at the Indian squad:

Goalkeepers: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, and Gurmeet Singh

Defenders: Asish Rai, Nikhil Poojary, Sandesh Jhingan, Anwar Ali, Mehtab Singh, Lalchungnunga, Akash Mishra, and Subhasish Bose

Midfielders: Jeakson Singh Thounaojam, Suresh Singh Wangjam, Brandon Fernandes, Sahal Abdul Samad, Anirudh Thapa, Rohit Kumar, Ashique Kuruniyan, Naorem Mahesh Singh, Lallianzuala Chhangte

Forwards: Manvir Singh, Rahim Ali, and Rahul KP

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