Born in a family of daily wage earners, 9-year-old Chandan Boro from Udalguri district in Assam, has been selected as one of the thirty five Under 15 youngsters to train at Hoffenheim’s academy for a period of 6 years as part of Tata Trusts U-Dream football.

Chandan’s father is a sweeper in the local market and his mother works at a local tea stall.

The God gifted footballer did not let the hardships and uncertainties around his family affect his career in football.

The young striker, fought all odds to avail the golden opportunity.  “I want to become a football superstar for my country, and I will work as hard as possible to reach my goal,” Chandan Boro told Sportskeeda


Chandan’s father could not provide his son with a pair of boots to play regularly, but Chandan’s friend helped him get a jersey and boots to play.

Chandan’s family earning is around Rs 200 per day, his family had to skip meals to pay the initial fee of Rs 100 to get him admitted to the academy.

Not having a valid passport, or a Bank account complicated things for Chandan and further raised issues and threatened to take away the promised future for the 9-year-old.

Then Chandan’s coach Samual Basumatari who has a small academy in Harisinga, came to the rescue and fought for his student and helped get the formalities done.

When asked by Sportskeeda if he’ll forget his parents after going to Germany, he answered, “I will take a photo my mum, my dad and my brother and I won’t forget them”, with the innocence and exuberance which only a 9-year-old possesses.