FIFA U-17 World Cup Indian team stars: 10 things to know about highly-rated attacker Nongdamba Naorem
India begin their campaign at the FIFA U-17 World Cup against the United States of America on the 6th of October. All eyes will be on those 11 teenagers on the field who, irrespective of the result, will create history. Nongdamba Naorem, the 17-year-old Indian forward, is one of those players who will catch eyeballs instantly with his style of play. The teenager displayed his prowess recently when he scored in India's 1-1 draw with Chile.
Naorem was in the Indian U-17 probables and has been with the team for a long time. Speaking on the preparations for the World Cup, Naorem once said, "We train very hard and concentrate on the training and both inside the field and off the field. The main thing is to work hard and that we do every day. Besides, we believe in one another and that helps us in getting better as well."
Here is a short video where he talks us through his journey to the Indian team.
Naorem is an integral part of India's youth team and in this segment, we will look at the 10 things that need to be known about India's highly rated forward - Nongdamba Naorem:
#1 Naorem is from Imphal, Manipur and is another jewel from the football-crazy state of India.
#2 He was born on January 2, 2000.
#3 His favourite international players are Antoine Griezmann and Cristiano Ronaldo.
#4 His favourite Indian player is Jackichand Singh.
#5 Naorem follows NorthEast United in the ISL and Manchester United in the Premier League.
#6 He is good at Table Tennis and loves to play the sport in his free time.
#7 Naorem's favourite city is Budapest whereas his favourite actor is Johnny Depp.
#8 The teenager's favourite movie is - "3 Idiots".
#9 Naorem is a bookaholic and loves to read all kinds of books.
#10 He dreams of playing for Manchester United one day.
Though the Manipuri lad might not start games for the Indian side in the World Cup, his contribution from the bench might help the nation clinch crucial results.
Stay tuned to this series for more about the Indian team stars who will make the nation proud at the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017.
The FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 will start on 6th October and the official broadcasters for the event in India are SONY TEN 2 and SONY TEN 3