Chandan, an 11-year old boy from Bhubaneswar, Orissa, has been selected for a training program of two months with the German champions. He came through a rigorous process to get his name included in the top 5 junior footballers from India who are to become a part of this unique opportunity. He will leave for Germany tomorrow.
Chandan was spotted at a talent hunt for scouting skilled footballers among school students. Chandan stood out among 1,000 other participants who had taken part in the hunt in Bhubaneswar alone.
After getting shortlisted in the final 160, Chandan excelled again in Pune to make the privileged top 5.
Chandan lives with his mother, Duhita Nayak, and her 3 other children in the Sabar Sahi slum. Her mother works as a domestic help to support her 4 children, Chandan being the youngest.
An overwhelmed Duhita said (transliterated), “Chandan always insisted on playing football in the Kalinga stadium. As we stay in its vicinity, in last five years, most of his time was spent there. I never thought in my life that any of my children will go overseas. For me, providing livelihood for them is in itself very difficult. I am extremely happy that Chandan was selected to train in Germany.”
Both the Chief Minister and the City Mayor came out and congratulated him on his achievement, and did everything they could to ensure Chandan receives his visa in time. We wish him all the best, and hope to see him in the first team in some years’ time.