Need to be extra careful as players and stick to our routines: Sunil Chhetri

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During this lockdown period, important routines are being distributed as Sunil urged all national team footballers to take care of their diets and sleep at the right time on Friday.

All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel attended a video conferencing with the national team players to get a feel of their well being.

Indian footballer and icon for all footballers advised everyone to “eat and sleep well.” “The lockdown tends to disturb your schedule a lot as everyone tends to sleep at awkward times. That also affects your diet. So as players we need to be extra careful and stick to our routines,” said the 35-year old as per a statement shared by AIFF.

Along with Chhetri, Sandesh Jhingan, Anirudh Thapa and Amrinder Singh were in attendance along with Bala Devi, Aditi Chauhan, and Dangmei Grace from the women’s senior team. Players from Indian Arrows, U-16 and U-17 boys national teams and also from U-17 Women’s World Cup squad joined the meeting.

Also Kushal Das, general secretary, AIFF and Abhishek Yadav, director national teams gave attendance in the meeting. Players also informed about “adhering to the respective schedules from the technical staff,” and about “staying safe at home with family,” and “picking up new indoor hobbies, ” to the president.

Patel talked to every player and encourage them to “stay ready” when football will restart.

“We are extremely proud of all of you. Keep the flag flying high,” he stated.

“We are in touch with the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs as to when footballing action can resume in India,” he added.

“Stay safe everyone, and don’t rush.”

“This is such a nice platform where the juniors can look up to their idols directly. I am sure that getting to interact with the likes of Chhetri, Jhingan, Bala and others will inspire the junior players,” Patel stressed.

And also Patel wished luck to the U-17 Women’s World Cup team.

Give it your best shot, and never be under pressure. I am confident you will do well,” he said.

“The new dates have been announced and all of you need to stay knitted together as a team, and raise each other’s morale.”

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