Bhubaneswar: Defying all odds, 11-year-old slum boy Chandan Nayak on Wednesday flew to Mumbai before reaching the prestigious Bayern Munich football club in Germany to train as an academy player.
Chandan, who lives at Sabar Sahi slum here along with his mother Duhita Nayak, a woman deserted by her husband long ago, is confident to acquire the techniques of football before completion of his two months training.
“I do not remember my father. My mother fed me and my younger brother by working as a domestic help. I had lost hope to visit Germany as there was problem in getting visa. Finally I got it from Kolkata,” Chandan, a student of class VII in the Capital High School, said before boarding a flight to Mumbai.
The boy’s love for the game came to the limelight like another slum boy Budhia Singh, the wonder marathon runner.
“I found Chandan while imparting free football training to slum boys of Bhubaneswar. Chandan was staying at Sabar Sahi slum close to Kalinga Stadium. I found magic in the boy and picked him up,” said Chandan’s coach Jaydev Mohapatra.
Mohapatra thanked Union Ministers Sushma Swaraj and Dharmendra Pradhan and Bhubaneswar Mayor A N Jena for helping the boy to get his visa.
“The boy finally got a ticket to Germany. We are extremely happy. He will bring laurels for the country,” he said.