I want to represent India just like Chhetri: Aman Khanna on his selection for U-17 state football team

Aman had scored 92 per cent in 10th grade and looks forward to play U-17 World Cup next.

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Aman Khanna fulfilled his promise made at his school, Maneckji Cooper Education Trust of bagging the third division title in the under-16 category in the Mumbai School Sports Association after the trophy eluded the school for nearly a decade. However, the Andheri based lad had a moment of realization when he wasn’t selected in the Bengaluru FC trials he appeared last year.

“I was called for the Bengaluru FC trials in March last year but didn’t get selected. The quality of players was at a different level, I realized there was a lot of catching up to do. It was a moment of realization for me and I knew if I had to be with the best, I had to be the best. I started training hard, took great emphasis on my fitness and technique. It’s started to pay off,” said the 10th-grade student who considers Sunil Chhetri, his idol.

His principal Mrs. Kashmira Gundevia is proud that Aman fulfilled his promise made to the school. “In his last year, he had promised that he and the entire team would lift the MSSA title and they did so with flying colours. It was his dream to gift the title to the school in his last year as a remembrance.”

Talking about his favorite player and the club he wanted to play for, Khanna said,“Sunil Chhetri is my favourite player, he is an inspiration for Indian footballers. I want to make it to the Indian team just like him, but I must do it step by step. First, I need to make it to the State. Playing for U-17 Indian team would be my greatest honour and my dream. I also want represent my favourite club – Bengaluru FC someday.”

Khanna went on to represent the under 15 team of India Rush SC and scored three goals during the recently concluded AIFF under 15 I League tournament. While his team didn’t make it to the Nationals, it opened opportunities for him with other clubs as well. He played the MDFA under 15 tournament and was part of the under-17 team set-up for the MDFA which competed for the Maharashtra Inter District Championship.

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