Unstoppable Eshan Pandit: Journey of jumbo boots from Kasmir to Madrid

Eshan was just 3 years old when his family moved to Philippines in 2001. He stayed there till 2009 and learned his basics in the discipline of football from British School Manila.

WAHEED UR REHMAN PARRA
Srinagar, Publish Date: Jan 14 2018 12:27AM | Updated Date: Jan 14 2018 12:27AM
Unstoppable Eshan Pandit: Journey of jumbo boots from Kasmir to MadridGK Photo

Our next generation has proved its mettle in the sports competitions and is setting examples for the generations to come. They are showing their potential at the international as well as national level. Eshan Pandit, 20, from Tral in Pulwama district, is all set to make his state proud at international arena in the football. He became the first Indian to sign professional contract in Spain.

Eshan was just 3 years old when his family moved to Philippines in 2001. He stayed there till 2009 and learned his basics in the discipline of football from British School Manila. Finished his grade 10th from “The International School Baronage”, India’s prestigious school where more than 90% kids go to Ivy League Harvard Yale MIT. Eshan preferred to pursue football as carrier and in 2014 went to an academy for one year in Madrid to learn more. His passion for the game didn’t stop here and in 2016, he went to Almeria in Sugenda club (second highest league in Spain) and played under 18 with them. In Spain he signed first contract of his football career.

Eshan went to Sweden to attend Gothia Cup where one Swedish club got interested in him. He went for trials but things did not work as most of the players from our homeland lack tactical football training. In 2017, he signed professional contract with Almeria Laliga club and played in under 18 team.  Unfortunately, he sustained an injury and returned to India and missed a few months of football training. He has recovered now and is going back and will explore new possibilities. 

(Waheed ur Rehman is Youth President JKPDP and Secretary, J&K State Sports Council. He can be mailed at: parawahid@gmail.com)

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