AFC Asian Cup – Astrologer for Indian Football team? The Indian Football team claimed qualification in the AFC Asian Cup 2023 by topping their group comfortably. Did astrology play a role in national Indian football team’s recent success? Well, it seems the All India Football Federation (AIFF) did make an effort to have the stars aligned. It has come to light that AIFF splurged Rs 16 lakh on an astrology agency which ‘helped Indian team to qualify’ according to a AIFF official: Follow Indian Football Team LIVE Updates with InsideSport.IN
Yes you read it right. AIFF had hired an astrologer to “motivate” the national team side,
“A motivator was appointed for the national team ahead of the Asian Cup. Later on, it came to light that the company which was engaged, was an astrological firm,” a team insider said.
“Plainly-speaking, an astrologer was appointed to motivate the team. Huge payment to the tune of Rs 16 l akh was made,” the source claimed.
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AFC Asian Cup: BIZARRE! “Astrologers were paid Rs.16 lakh by an official to ensure team’s good luck” Confirms AIFF & Indian Football team Insider
Astrologer for Indian Football team? The astrological firm apparently took three sessions with the Blue Tigers but a Kolkata-based player said:
“I’ve not heard of this as I joined the te am late. ”
Sunando Dhar, who is the acting AIFF general secretary, was not available for comments.
Former India goalkeeper Tanumoy Bose ridiculed the idea and hit out at the AIFF for becoming a la ughing stock. “At a time when the AIFF failed to conduct proper youth leagues, incidents like this will further tarnish Indian football’s image. ”
AFC Asian Cup 2023 Qualifiers: India celebrated their qualification for the Finals of the AFC Asian Cup 2023 by handing Hong Kong a 4-0 defeat. Igor Stimac’s side finished on top of the standings in Group D.
India, who topped the group had qualified ahead of their final round group D clash.
It was the first time India qualified for the Asian Cup in two successive editions, having made the group league exit in the 2019 edition.
Overall, India qualified for the continental showpiece for the fifth time — 1964, 1984, 2011, 2019 and now in 2023.
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