A budding Footballer of great Promise
ever an angel appeared in the dreams of striker Roshan Jadhav, with
a favour to grant a boon to him, the 13-year-old Jadhav would bend
on one knee and seek the conversion of his Udayachal High School
team into Real Madrid. Perhaps he did experience the virtual reality
of his fantasy in the final of the MSSA-Colgate Football Tournament
in the under-14 category. Roshan- the left-out forward personified
the exploits of his dream team, Real Madrid, with a scintillating
performance as he scored a priceless goal in Udayachal's convincing
3-0 victory over St. Blaise in the final.
He can fire a goal from a 0 degree angle as he has shown
in this final. He can also play left-in. As a player, we rely on
him because he is courageous, confident, hardworking, dedicated...
said coach, Hari Om Phull, who was probably short of adjectives
in the appraisal of his ward.
Roshan - a VII Std student of Udayachal school -is an ideal example
of a youngster who can excel not only in sports but also in academics.
He is an all-rounder because, in addition to his football skills,
he scores more than 90 percentage marks in academics, with Mathematics
being his favourite subject. This admirer of Shakespeare has also
shown a glimpse of his abundant talent in athletics as well. He
bagged the bronze medal for the relay event in the Inter-School
Athletic Competition held at the Mumbai School Sports ground in
1999 with 100 meters sprint and long jump being his pet events.
The 156 cms tall Roshan eulogizes the mercurial Brazilian forward
Ronaldo. The reason. Ronaldo is a great forward with good
speed who can successfully convert any opportunity, replied
the talented lad. Of the Indian footballers, he admires Baichung
Bhutia for his bicycle kick. Roshan fancies Adidas shoes because
they are good in quality and last longer. He also recalls how he
enjoyed the roller coaster at Fantasy land in Jogeshwari with his
friends. Roshan practices every day in the evening under the eagle
eyes of coach Hari Om Phull. He wants to play for the clubs and
gymkhanas if he gets the right sponsorship in order to achieve his
greater ambition of playing for the country.
By : Wasim Siddiqui