Nikhil Prashar, a student of SGGS College, Chandigarh, has made it to the 15-member squad that will train with Boca Junior football club in Argentina. His selection comes after SGGS Khalsa College, Sector 26, defeated Barasat College from Kolkata to win the national final of the IFB Boca Football Champs tournament in Goa last month.
The nation-wide talent hunt programme was conducted by IFB in association with Club Atlético Boca Juniors from Argentina. As many as 30 shortlisted players from the tournament participated in a one-week training camp in Goa conducted by coaches from Club Atlético Boca Juniors.
Out of these 15 players will now travel to Buenos Aires to train in Argentina.
Nikhil started playing football in St Stephen’s Soccer Academy at the age of 8 years under SAI coach Bhupinder Singh.
“I am looking forward to the opportunity. I am excited to be in the lucky final 15 member. I would like to thank my parents and my coach. It will be a good exposure trip for me. It’s a dream come true,” Nikhil said, who was also the captain of the college team in this tournament.
In the final SGGS College registered a one-sided 4-0 win over Kolkata college.
Nikhil has represented Chandigarh state team in every age group from under-14 to senior nationals (Santosh Trophy) till now. He was also the captain of the state under-19 and under-21 teams.
The footballer has also played for Panjab University in the North Zone and All India Inter University competitions.
The talent hunt progamme was launched in December 2013 from Chandigarh and saw as many as 270 schools and 186 colleges from all over the country competing to make it to the final 16 teams. There were two entries per city—one of winning college and another of winning school.
“The players went through a coaching camp under Boca Junior coaches Alejandro Javier Blasco and Alberto Jose Estevez in Goa.
I am sure this experience will come in good stead in my football career,” Nikhil said.