FIRST INDIAN FOOTBALLERS TO DEBUT IN 3RD DIVISION LEAGUE IN SPAIN
New Delhi :Three young football players of the Indian Football Club, would be playing for the very first time for the 3rd Division Spanish Football Club, CD Olimpic de Xativa in Spain creating a milestone in the history of Indian Football.
The players, Kabir Nath (BIFA, Gurgaon) and Kabir Kohli & Gogou (Both from Sudeva Residential Football Academy) are on their way to make the country and team of Sudeva swell with pride. Their extreme drive was followed by thorough practice matches which delivered them a spot on the international platform.
The football club Sudeva is one of the leading training institutions in India since 2014, that believes in finding football gems from the remotest areas of the country. Sudeva has established its Residential training facilities in Delhi for 150 players from 25 states all over India. The footballers residing in Sudeva are from all walks of life-‐ some from a history of neglect who ended up in juvenile correction system, and some with a history of forced child labour.
Last year they acquired the club CD Olimpic De Xativa in Spain to train and build a promising future for their students. This year, 28 Indian Kids aged between 14 to 19 years were selected to for an advanced training at their residential academy in Spain. This year Sudeva invited 5 coaches from Spain and held trials in 15 different cities across India to select players for the Spanish club. Ex-‐ Real Madrid player, Oscar Rubio, was also a part of Sudeva.
The 19-‐years old Lunkim Seigoulun Khongsai (Gogou) who plays as a centre mid-‐fielder, hails from a small town Tuibong in Manipur. In 2014, Gogou moved to Delhi due to violent & economic extremities in Manipur. Belonging from a football-‐loving family, Gogou continued his football venture in the capital, where he played his first league in Delhi Youth League Under-‐15 in 2014. Gogou landed in Sudeva in 2017 from where he has now embarked on an international journey with CD Olimpic de Xativa. “It’s a dream come true for me” quoted Gogou during an interview.
Playing since the age of 14, Kabir Kohli (19-‐ years old), discovered his passion for football at a very young age. Kohli plays as a goal-‐keeper, has participated in various leagues alongwith national level camps such as the B.C Roy Trophy and National India Under-‐19 team. He believes these camps have given him an opportunity to mature as a player and become a more confident goal-‐keeper. “An opportunity to be a part of Sudeva’s CD Olimpic de Xativa will provide me a platform for a premier class international exposure while taking care of my academics as well”, Kohli quoted & expressed his gratitude who joined Sudeva in 2017. Kohli believes in an academic growth alongside football and wishes to pursue a degree in Sports Sciences in Spain.
The BIFA player, Kabir Nath (19-‐years old), who plays as a midfielder, who recently secured position in men’s football in Liga 2a Catalana while being a juvenile. While Nath has played and won various football tournaments, he has set the record of High Scorer in FCB ESCOLA U14 Tournament (2014), Youth League Tournament (2013), School leagues (2006-‐2010) and won silver in Royal Selengor Club International Tournament held in Malaysia. Nath was selected in India Under-‐17 World Cup squad in Germany, but was sidelined post-‐ injury. The football pitch is Nath’s therapy, that motivated him to never back down, and led him ultimately to become one of the first three football
players to play in Europe. “From the early age of six, my only aim has been to become a professional footballer”, Nath quoted, and he is definitely is on his way to outlive his childhood dream.
In recent times, the football fraternity has shown enormous growth in forwarding Indian football to a global platform, and to enlist it amongst the upcoming football nations. These 3 young Indian footballers have become showcased powerfull football skills in India at such a young age, marking the brightening future of football in India.
|Lunkim Seigoulun Khongsai
26th August 2019