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Passi in Indian squad for SAFF C’ship

The year which started off brightly will now end on a high note for Sumit Passi as the former Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) footballer has been drafted in the Indian team for the ongoing South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship at Thiruvananthapuram

punjab Updated: Dec 25, 2015 11:53 IST
HT Correspondent
Sumit Passi
Sumit Passi(HT File Photo)

Chandigarh

The year which started off brightly will now end on a high note for Sumit Passi as the former Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) footballer has been drafted in the Indian team for the ongoing South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship at Thiruvananthapuram.

Earlier, this year, Sumit, who plays as a striker, got his maiden call-up for the Indian under-23 team for the AFC under-23 qualifying championship at Bangladesh. After warming the bench, the 20-year-old finally made his debut for India in the match against the hosts, which ended in a 0-0 draw.

Sumit, who plies his trade for Sporting Clube de Goa, managed to impress national chief coach Stephen Constantine and was included in the team for the 2018 FIFA world cup qualifiers.

While his other two CFA batchmates Sehnaj Singh and Bikramjit Singh grew in stature and shone for both club and country, Passi waited for his chance to impress.

In a new-look Indian team, which mostly comprises under23 players, Passi will finally look to leave a lasting impression on Constantine and cement his place in the senior side.

Football was in Passi’s blood as his father Jai Prakash Passi himself was a footballer. His younger brother Shubham also dabbled in football. From Yamunanagar Passi soon moved to Chandigarh and joined CFA. He hardly took time to settle down and showed glimpses of his talent. He led the Chandigarh team in the National School Games and was selected for the Indian team for the Asian Schools Football Championship in Thailand in 2008.

He was also the part of the Chandigarh team that won the Dr BC Roy memorial trophy for all-India under-19 football tournament in 2010.

Apart from Passi, goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who belongs to Mohali and plays for Norwegian club Stabaek FC, is also in the team. Sandesh Jhingan, who is nursing an injury, failed to make the cut.