The news of human suffering and death caused by the pandemic is having a traumatic effect on the minds but as a professional footballer one has to stay focused on giving his best for the country. Anirudh Thapa, a key midfielder of the Indian National team, said this while adding that the news of losing close ones to COVID-19 is creating an atmosphere of despair all around. This remains a big challenge for every player, who has got a call-up to represent his country in the upcoming 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup qualifiers in Qatar.

The National team is flying off to Doha on Wednesday to play the remainder of the qualifiers – which are against host Qatar (June 3), Bangladesh (June 7) and Afghanistan (June 15).

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