Beating all odds, this 11-year-old boy, Chandan Nayak from Bhubneshwar, Odisha has been invited by Bayern to train at the clubs state-of-art academy in Bavaria.
Chandan attended a trail set for players between the age-group of 14-16, but the 11-year-old boy managed to win German scouts and has been invited by the club on an all-expense paid trip to train at the Bundesliga champions’ state-of-the-art academy.
Chandan Nayak would be leaving on 25th of August for Munich to train along with 120 other students from across the globe. These participants would be put on a 2-month trial before getting the fixed membership at the German Academy.
A young boy who hails from the slums of the capital city of Bhubaneshwar in Odisha, earned this opportunity by winning an all level competition in Pune, to which Indian football Captain Sunil Chhetri expressed high regards, who also was the head selector of the event.
Chandan’s coach Jayadev Mohapatra further added, “It is a matter of pride that Chandan has been selected to play for Bayern Munich. He was the youngest, only 11-year old, among others who had come to the all India level competition.” Recalling his journey Mohapatra added, “I found Chandan while imparting free football training to slum boys of Bhubaneswar. Chandan was staying at Sabar Sahi slum close to Kalinga Stadium. I found magic in the boy and picked him up.”
Mohapatra thanked Union Ministers Sushma Swaraj and Dharmendra Pradhan and Bhubaneswar Mayor AN Jena for helping the boy to get his visa.
“The boy finally got a ticket to Germany. We are extremely happy. He will bring laurels for the country,” he said.
“I am very happy, want to become a player for the Indian team one day. I really want to thank my coach”- Chandan Nayak