Mumbai, Jan 4: Following India's record seventh South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Cup triumph, Test skipper Virat Kohli heaped praise on the football team's captain Sunil Chhetri for his title-clinching extra-time goal. India defeated defending champions Afghanistan 2-1 in a hard-fought fil at the Trivandrum Intertiol Stadium on Sunday.
Chhetri (101st minute) scored the decisive goal for India when he capitalised on a defensive lapse by the visitors in the first half of extra time.
The two teams were locked 1-1 after the regulation 90 minutes. Zubayr Amiri (70th) put Afghanistan in front before Jeje Lalpekhlua (72nd) put India back in the game, and then Chhetri filly sealed the matter. The Indians thus avenged their 0-2 loss to Afghanistan in the fil of the last edition of the tourment in Katmandu in 2013. IANS