India defeat tenacious Kuwait to win the championship and inspire a new craze for the game
Given how the nation embraced its football players, who have gone undefeated in their last 11 games, this is India’s ninth SAFF Championship title, but it seems the sweetest.
The social media erupted when India won.
Congratulatory comments flooded in following a historic night on Tuesday at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru, from the country’s top ministers to cricket players and IPL clubs.
The mood was even more unique on the ground. “Vande Mataram” was sung by 26,380 spectators, leaving the players moved and elated.
The most encouraging truth was that the country was rejoicing after India’s football team’s triumph in the 2023 SAFF tournament, which was captained by Sunil Chhetri.