Indian Under-17 football team is up and ready for the biggest assignment of their lives as the FIFA U-17 World Cup inches close. Millions of eyes will be on them when they take the field in their first ever World Cup tournament. Despite having no international experience the Indian team has a pool of talented players who could be on the road of becoming future stars and the World Cup can be their launching platform.

If there is anything to by the rumours, Indian U-17 superstar Komal Thatal is being tracked by English Premier League giants Manchester United. The Europa League winners have a history of picking up amateur players and transforming them into quality stars. 228 of 452 players trained in United’s academy have featured for the first team. As per a report in Bengali daily Aajkaal, Manchester United scouts will be keeping a tab on the Indian player and if things go well then Komal Thatal can soon be heading to England to train at the Manchester United’s famous Youth Academy with a host of talented players like Angel Gomes and Demetri Mitchell who are tipped to be mega football stars in future.

Thatal is one of the brightest Indian prodigy, his root of footballs go back to as early as when the footballer was 3-4 years old. The boy with stern legs since childhood developed his ball controlling skills with black lentils; yes tiny lentils were how it all started. Komal Thatal couldn’t stop playing, lentils were replaced by rag balls, cloth balls and eventually he got his foot on a real ball and has since never looked back.

Belonging to a general family, his parents who run a tailoring business never stopped their son from following his dreams, and always believed one day he is going to be there and make them proud. Komal has never let his parents down, his football polished from school time till his inclusion in the Indian U-17 squad.

Apart all that Thatal has proved his metal in the games he has played for the country, and announced himself when he scored a stunning goal against Brazil U-17 side in October, 2016.

If the moves go through, Komal Thatal’s football journey will take a new turn in the academy which has produced Manchester United legends like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.

First Published | 3 October 2017 3:43 PM
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