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Delhi teenager Kshitij Kumar Singh joins Dutch football club NEC Nijmegen

Kshitij Kumar Singh from Delhi has signed for Dutch second division club NEC Nijmegen. Singh will join up with the club’s U-15 squad.

football Updated: Aug 13, 2017 18:13 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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Kshitij Kumar (left) was selected for the NEC Nijmegen U-15 squad.(HT Photo)

Delhi boy Kshitij Kumar Singh has joined the Holland based NEC Nijmegen football club for its Under-15 youth squad.

NEC Nijmegen is a professional football club, which competes in the Dutch Eerste Divisie. The club’s youth teams feature at the highest level in Dutch Youth Leagues and compete against top European clubs in international tournaments.

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The 13-year-old Kshitij, a second year batch student of Reliance Foundation Young Champs (RFYC) residential football program, had been to the Netherlands for two rounds of trials with PSV Eindhoven and NEC Nijmegen earlier this year before his selection in the NEC youth team.

He started playing football at the age of six, initially with Bhaichung Bhutia Academy and then at FCB Escola.

The forward was spotted by Piet Hubers, Technical Director of ISL Grassroots at the Delhi Dynamos Scouting Festival for RFYC scholarship in 2016.

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Since last June, Kshitij has participated in 29 competitive and friendly games, scoring 31 goals and providing 25 assists.

This is what Kshitij had to say on his move while speaking to The Times of India, “I’m very excited to join NEC Youth team. I want to thank all my coaches and fellow players at RF Young Champs who have motivated me to perform better continuously. I would love to play for the Indian national team in the future.”

First Published: Aug 13, 2017 18:13 IST