August 24th, 2016
It is a dream come true for 11-year-old Chandan Nayak, a football player from the Sabar Sahi slum in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. This young chap has been chosen to visit Germany, where he will get a two-month training with the football club Bayern Munich, a club that houses some of finest footballers in the world, like Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer and Robert Lewandowski.
It is a moment of pride for India as the country has so far produced a strong set of fan followers for the Bundesliga champions but this is the first time an Indian gets a chance to play there. Right after nine-year-old Chandan Boro from Assam made to a 6-year training program at Hoffenheim, it is now the time for Chandan Nayak.
This has been a difficult journey for Chandan who has been selected for an all-expenses paid trip to the junior academy of the football club. Chandan’s father had deserted the family when Chandan was very young. Her mother works as a domestic help at various houses and single-handedly tries to run the family. But she has always ensured that her children are brought up in a proper way.
Chandan had travelled to Pune where he won an all level competition. His performance surprised the Indian football team skipper Sunil Chettri, who was the head selector at the event.
Surprisingly, Chandan is a Lionel Messi fan and had no idea about how big a club Bayern Munich is.
Chandan will be leaving for Germany tomorrow. At Bayern Munich, he will be playing beside greats like Philipp Lahm. The best coaches of the world will train him. Around 120 students from across the world will be participating in the training.
FC Bayern Munich is German Football club that plays in German Bundesliga (German national football league). They have won the German league 26 times and UEFA Champions League 5 times.
The Logical Indian wishes Chandan all the best for his future.