Vardaan Dutt epitomises beauty of team work on football field

New Delhi: Vardhaan Dutt, who is credited with the most assists in the inaugural football season of the SSPF’s National Talent Search and Nurture (NTSN) program and has made it to the list of India probables for the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup tournament next year, personifies team spirit on and off the football pitch.

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SSPF football hero

With 11 assists in four games, Vardaan Dutt is a joint leader with school mate Namandeep Singh. The India aspirant has also scored six goals, showcasing his all round skills. His performances caught the eye of talent scouts, leading to his being among a select band of four from Jammu and Kashmir who were among the 200 chosen from North Zone for an assessment camp.

The KC Public School X class student, who will be 16 in September and seeks to make football his career, says his coaches Moon Stephen and Dil Bahadur instilled the idea of passing the ball to a team-mate in a better position. “There is so much joy in helping the team score goals and win,” he says, having embraced that philosophy very early in his nascent career.

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Vardaan Dutt in action

Having started off on football merely as a hobby when he was 12, Vardaan Dutt was hooked on to the game when he trained with the Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools center in his school. He has risen not only to captain the Jammu and Kashmir junior team but also be picked as a probable for the India under-17 team to play in the 2017 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in India next year.

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A fan of Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Vardaan Dutt says that playing football has taught him a great deal about life. “The skills I have learnt when playing the game will benefit me,” he says. “For example, when playing for Jammu District in the State competition, I had to team up with boys I played against in the district event – and even set up a goal for Tanshu Thakyal.”

With his parents backing his footballing dreams, it is a good guess that Vardaan Dutt will continue his passionate pursuit of the sport that he has come to love so much.

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