Sandesh Jhingan had got rejected by many 2nd and even 3rd division clubs in Kolkata, and that had put the sturdy central defender quite in jeopardy over his footballing future.
The AIFF praised Sandesh Jhingan and Bala Devi for their consistent performances that helped them in getting nominated for the Arjuna Award.
Igor Stimac cited injury to key players as the main reason behind the country going out of reckoning of a World Cup berth.
India are scheduled to play Bangladesh in their second home game of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers on October 15.
AFC Asian Cup 2019, India vs Bahrain: Jamal Rashed scored the winner for Bahrain in the stoppage time.
India will have a chance to book their maiden knock-out round berth.
India stunned Thailand 4-1 in their opening match last weekend to record their first victory at the tournament in over 50 years.
Asian Cup 2019: Highlights Football Match Score India vs UAE: Hosts UAE defeated India 2-0 in the Group A clash.
India thrashed Thailand 4-1 in their opening game.
Chhetri lit up the Mumbai Football Arena against Kenya two days on Tuesday, scoring a brace as India won 3-0 to seal a spot in the summit clash.
The AIFF will be hosting the inaugural edition of the four-nation Intercontinental Cup to be played at the Mumbai Football Arena from June 1 to 10.
Sandesh Jhingan needs surgery to his shoulder for an injury he sustained during the Indian Super League (ISL) last year. Jhingan played for Kerala Blasters in ISL last year.
Chennaiyin FC vs Kerala Blasters FC, Indian Super League (ISL) - live score, news updates, live football match report and result from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Tuesday.