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Premangshu Thakur is a promising footballer from one of Bengal’s remotest villages. The 17-year-old boy has not even entered the mainstream of Kolkata football yet. Still, his inspiring performance in the three-tier selection trials broke the deadlock, steering him to an amazing opportunity to train in Spain.
Premangshu lives in a remote village named Najibpur. It is in the Nadia district. Premangshu’s home is far from the nearby Krishnanagar station, which takes more than three hours by bus. Premangshu who appeared for Higher Secondary examination from Najibpur Vidyapith this year, had a passion for the game since childhood and practiced at the local Najibpur Durjoy Sangha club ground under the training of three coaches. Following one of the coach’s suggestions, Premangshu appeared for the first selection trial held in his village ground and impressed the local selectors before exhibiting a better show in the second selection trial at Krishnanagar Stadium and finally was called up in the final selection trial held at Kolkata. India’s Pro-licensed coach Sankarlal Chakraborty and UEFA Pro-licensed coach Miguel Martez were the selectors and a total of six boys including Premangshu were selected to train at Spanish club CF Motril for two weeks in September this year.
The Hardship of Premangshu Thakur
Premangshu’s father Asim Thakur has a small grocery shop in their village. During Premangshu’s early days, his mother Durga Thakur had to earn by cooking in other households. Premangshu divulged that his father initially did not support him to play football. He said,
“I saved small amount of money which I got to buy tiffin and then bought a football with that money. I practiced at Durjoy Sangha Club. The coaches always encouraged me to continue playing. I am brought up amidst our family’s everyday fight against the severe financial and tremendous hard work of my parents for me and my elder sister.”
Premangshu Thakur’s Aim
Premangshu wants to make earnings from playing football. He said,
“Today after I got selected, my parents looked extremely happy. I dream of only one thing that I am earning a formidable amount of money from football in the future.”