Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday expressed hope that India's football team will qualify for the FIFA World Cup in 2022 to be held in Qatar.
"I know in 2022 there is something really big happening for Indian football. I hope India qualifies for the World Cup. That is something that should be your target and your senior players will guide you. Just follow their steps and chase your dreams," Tendulkar said at the Father Agnel School ground in Navi Mumbai.
Tendulkar spoke these encouraging words at the presentation function of the Coca-Cola Cup (National under-15 sub junior football tournament) final between Meghalaya and Orissa which the former won 1-0.
The Indian cricket great also advised youngsters to be passionate about football.
"A simple advice I can give you is be passionate about the sport. Fall madly in love with the sport and that will allow you to work harder. Have dream and chase them. Dreams will come true," were maestro's words of wisdom for the kids.
"Passion, yes I was able to achieve all these things. I was madly in love with cricket. Still am madly in love with cricket. Also the support and love I have received from all the people that has been my strength. It has allowed me to move out and give my best.
"The right platform was set for me to go out and perform.
A big thank you to all the people who have supported me for the last 23 years I have played," he added.
Tendulkar also asked runners-up Odisha team not to lose hope.
Ronald Kydon Lyngdoh of Meghalaya scored the winning goal for his side in the first half and was named the player of the match.