Football Current Affairs

India wins SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship by defeating Bangladesh

India won South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Under-15 Women’s Championship. In the final match held in Thimpu, Bhutan, India defeated Bangladesh by 1-0 score. Sunita Munda scored the goal that helped the Indian U-15 team clinch the title. Earlier in the semifinal, India defeated Nepal 2-1.

SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship is association football tournament for women’s national teams under the age of 15 from seven south Asian countries (Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bhutan). This was second edition of SAFF Under-15 Women’s Championship. Bangladesh had won the inaugural edition in 2017 by beating India, 1-0 in the final played at Dhaka.

South Asian Football Federation (SAFF)

It is an association of the football playing nations in South Asia. This federation was founded in 1997 and is byproduct of SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation), a regional organization of seven nations of South Asia region which was established in 1985. It is part of the larger Asian Football Confederation. Its founding members are Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Bhutan joined the federation in 2000 and Afghanistan in 2005. In February 2015, Afghanistan had officially left SAFF. Now SAFF has total seven participating nations Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bhutan.

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India’s Sunil Chhetri becomes joint second highest international goal scorer

India’s talismanic football team captain Sunil Chhetri (33) became joint second highest international goal scorer among active players along with Argentine superstar footballer Lionel Messi. He achieved this feat after he scored his 64th goal in  match between India and Kenya in Intercontinental Cup summit clash in Mumbai, Maharashtra. In this match, Chhetri scored two goals.

Sunil Chhetri’s performance

It was Chhetri’s 102nd international match, making him only the second Indian to feature in 100 international matches after former skipper Bhaichung Bhutia. In terms of goals scored, he and Messi are behind Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo who has 81 goals on his name from 150 matches.

Chhetri and Messi are currently in joint 21st position in all-time list of goal scorers. Chhetri is just one goal below former Chelsea FC and Ivory Coast footballer Didier Drogba (65 from 104 matches). In terms of number of goals per match, Chhetri is better than Meesi (who is currently considered as best player in the football world). Chhetri has scored 0.62 goals per match as against 0.52 of Messi (64 goals from 124 matches). He is also better goal average than Cristiano Ronaldo (0.54 per match).

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