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Presenting Our Zinc Football Academy Squad

Goalkeepers

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AAYUSH KUSHWAHA

Aayush Kushwaha is from Kota. Coming from a middle-class family his father Hemraj Kushwaha is a private co-ordinator. Aayush was spotted by the scouting team in a football match held at his school where some brilliant saves were enough to woo the crowd. Aayush is always looking to improve his skills.
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ANSAI GOYARI

Ansay Goyari comes from the beautiful state of Assam. He was sent to a missionary school in Kota as his parents couldn’t afford his education and daily needs. He first learned about the game when saw his seniors playing. Ansai was selected in the school team as a Goalkeeper for his superb reflexes and solid gripping.

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SAHIL POONIA

Sahil Poonia belongs to Haryana. With applaudable height and brilliant reflexes, Sahil is in a healthy competition with four other shot-stoppers, making the life of his head coach tougher. Usually shy in person, Sahil is also a very helpful friend to have.

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SAHIL SINGH

Youngest goalkeeper in the squad, Sahil Singh is also a quick learner. He was born in Hisar district of Haryana. Sahil is a good listener and speaks very less, often terming himself as an introvert.
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NISHANT SINGH

Nishant Singh is from Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan. Coming with a lively attitude both on and off the field, Nishant is also one of the most obedient children in the squad. He is a very photogenic boy, always ready to pose in front of the lens.

Defenders

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SUVIN SWAMI

Suveen Swami was born in Hanumangarh city. His father Yogesh Swami, a Government servant, always sought his son to pursue his own dreams. Blessed with intelligence, Suvin is a brilliant defender of his age. He has shown tremendous improvement since his selection at the Academy, and now has become a prominent member of the squad.

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MANISH MEEL

Manish Meel was born in Hanumangarh to a middle-class family. His father Rajveer Singh works at Rajasthan Police. Zinc Football’s scouting team spotted Manish in his school. Manish, with his ability to play both as a defender as well as a midfielder, can impart essential flexibility to any team.

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LAKSHAY PRATAP

Lakshay Pratap comes the royal city of Ajmer. He was scouted in his school and his keenness to win the ball in tense situations made him a certain candidate for the Academy. Blessed with the idea to read the game, Lakshay is a prolific right-back.

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MANDEEP SINGH SOLANKI

Mandeep Singh Solanki of Udaipur grabbed the attention of the scouting team that was present in his school, with his brilliant left-footed skills. Mandeep is one of the tallest and most composed centre-back who could also fill in the left-back position whenever necessary. Mandeep hopes to stand tall on the expectations of his middle-class family.

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AKSHIT MEENA

Akshit Meena comes from a middle-class family in Kota. His father Naresh Meena works as a Government servant (FCI) and his mother is a teacher in a Government organisation. Akshit works hard during training periods to master his skills in defending. He believes only practice will help him achieve further success.

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SANDEEP MARANDI

Sandeep Marandi from Jharkhand was born in a very poor family. He moved to an orphanage in Kota at the age of 6. Due to lack of access, Sandeep and his friends came up with their own ball wrapped with plastic bags to play in the backyard. Since then football became an internal part of Sandeep.

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ATUL KUMAR MEENA

Local boy Atul Kumar Meena is the most-prolific left-back in our ranks. Scouted in Udaipur, the coach appreciates not only Atul’s defensive capabilities but also his ability to help in the attacking half. His father Ramesh Kumar Meena, a school teacher, has always supported Atul’s dream of representing India.

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ABHISAR TIWARI

Abhisar Tiwar comes from the ‘Land of Gods’ Uttarakhand. Considered a solid centre-back, Abhisar is determined to perform well in every match. Depending on match situations and team necessities, Abhisar can also excel in the left-back position.

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SONU

Hailing from Haryana, Sonu is one of the best players in the Academy. A natural centre-back with the passion to lead the team from the back, Sonu is a dream player to have in a team for any coach. Sonu is also the set-piece specialist in the team.

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MANORANJAN KUMAR

Manoranjan was born in Bihar. Subject to family complications, his parents shifted him to an Orphanage school in Kota for his basic education. Manoranjan trains hard in every practice session and is always willing to make a mark.

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SURAJ

Suraj, another player from Haryana, is an impact player whenever he is on the ground. A strong left footer, Suraj is a left-back to watch out for in the coming years. He is fond of watching movies during his free time.

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DEEPAK

Deepak is another addition to our defensive line. Born and brought up in Haryana, Deepak is a very outspoken player, often seen encouraging his teammates and talking to himself.

Midfielders

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SWAPONJIT

Swaponjit is a bright aspect from Assam. He is also one of the physically strongest players in the Zinc Football Academy squad who loves to have a go at the target from outside the box. Swaponjit believes that he can make it to the Indian National team in a couple of years’ time and bring glory for his country and family.

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AMAN KHAN

Aman Khan comes from a middle-class family in Hanumangarh. His father Gulzar Ahmed is a Government servant (Patwari). With immense potential to become a great midfielder, Aman works hard to attain glory down the line. Aman is strong with both feet, making him a peculiar addition to the squad.

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ANUBHAV NEGI

Anubhav Negi belongs from the beautiful Alwar city. His father Rajendra Singh is a Factory owner while his mother is a private school teacher. His father wants him to be a renowned footballer of the country. With sensible style of play, Anubhav is counted among the trusted midfielders.

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MOHD. ADNAN

Mohd. Adnan belongs to a middle-class family in Makrana. His father Nisar Ahmed is a businessman who deals in marble. Adnan is a very disciplined midfielder. Gifted with intelligence to set the tempo of the game, he believes hard work is the key to success.

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HIMANSHU

Himanshu is a wonderkid from Delhi. He lost his father at a very young age and his mother, Sunita, is a worker in a factory. Due to family concerns, Himanshu shifted to an orphanage in Kota, where he used to see his seniors play football every day. Himanshu is one of the most polite and humble beings in the squad.

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JANGMINTHANG HAOKIP

Jhangminthang Haokip from Manipur is known for his brisk pace and precise ball control to beat opposition players in the blink of an eye. The young midfielder is never low on energy during the course of the game. Jangminthang idolises current Bengaluru FC player from his state Udanta Singh.

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RAJESHWAR SINGH

Rajeshwar Singh was born in the capital city of Rajasthan. His father Chand Singh is a Government Bank employee. Rajeshwar is an impact player who makes the job of a coach easy as pie. Born with a competitive mindset, he is always willing to learn new techniques to stay ahead of the opposition.

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JOKONIA

Jokonia is another young talent from Assam. Due to a very poor family background, he shifted to an orphanage in Kota where he could avail free education. His father Petrush Narzary is a farmer. Along with the ability to run around the midfield, Jokonia also offers a strong physical presence in the opposition box.

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DANIEL

Daniel comes from Katihar, Bihar. Even with a short structure, Daniel has a strong midfield presence, consistently looking to roll the ball forward. Daniel’s father, Babulal Chode, is a poor farmer in his village and due to his financial misfortunes, Daniel was sent to a missionary school in Kota at a very premature age.

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RISHAV CHOUDHARY

Born in Delhi, Rishav Choudhary was scouted in a tournament in Rajasthan. Being an attacking midfielder, Rishav is always a threat to the opposition, often having a shot on target along with assisting his teammates with defense splitting passes.

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BALAKRISHNA

Balakrishna is a local juvenile from Zawar. Born in a very poor family, his monotonous life took a sharp turn when he was selected for the Academy. His father Mohan Lal Meena, a labourer in Zawar Mines, perceived an early sign of fortune as his left-footed son often fascinated him with footballing tricks.

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MOHD. KAIF

Mohd. Kaif was born to a small-town marble businessman in Makrana, Nagaur district of Rajasthan. Scouted by Zinc Football for his potential to excel as a midfielder, Kaif has an aspiring dream to play for the Indian National team. Kaif is known for his smart positioning on the field.

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SAHIL KHAN

Sahil Khan belongs to a middle-class family in Alwar. His father Aashu Khan is the owner of a small shop in his locality. Playing as a midfielder, Sahil exhibit traits of maturity when the ball is on his feet. He is a very competitive player.

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S BHAVESH

S. Bhavesh is a local boy of Zawar. His father Sunder Singh works as an electrician at Zawar Mines. Despite his short stature, Bhavesh, who plays as an attacking midfielder, often impresses with his quick feet movements and smart passes. The young kid works hard on the field to improve his technical skills.

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CHETANYA

Chetanya from Hanumangarh city of Rajasthan comes from a middle-class family. Bhwani Shanker, his father, always supported his passion for football. Even though a midfielder, Chetanya is fond of scoring goals, often placing himself in the opposition box.

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SUNIL PATEL

Sunil Patel is the lone player in the squad from Uttar Pradesh. The head coach often appreciates his enthusiasm in a match, the hunger to win the ball at any given situation and time. Sunil is a very smart and skillful player who loves to pull off one or two tricks with the ball in every match.

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SANJAY

Sanjay is from Haryana. Playing as a holding midfielder, Sanjay is known for his calm and composed stature under tense situations. Versatile Sanjay also gives the coach an option to play him as a full-back when required.

Forwards

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SUBHASH DAMOR

Subhash Damor is a small town boy from Madhya Pradesh. Subject to penurious grounds, his family resiliently dropped Subash in an orphanage in Kota, which was known to provide free education to such unfortunate children. Subash is a fleet-footed forward, determined to enhance with each dawn.

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GAURAV MEENA

Gaurav Meena was born in a middle-class family in Zawar. Gaurav, who is always focused in his training sessions, is a creative striker with good height and even better reflexes. Gaurav is a huge fan of Indian team captain and striker Sunil Chhetri.

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MOHD. RIYAZ

Mohd. Riyaz belongs to a working middle-class family in Hanumangarh city. His father Mohd. Imran is a renowned professor of a Government organization. With attributes of a skilled forward along with good height, Riyaz is an important addition to the Zinc Football squad.

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ASHISH

Ashish belongs to Hisar district in Haryana. The most forthright player among his ranks as any striker is expected to be, Ashish is naturally skillful and comes with the ability to find the back of the net at any given time.

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MANOHAR SINGH

Manohar Singh is from Jodhpur district of Rajasthan. Manohar is blessed with a good height and agility which bestows him with an added advantage in the opposition area during set-pieces. Manohar wants to make his family proud going ahead in life.

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TILAK BARET

Tilak Baret hails from Nimbahera in Chittorgarh district of Rajasthan. His father Papulal Baret is a Bandmaster, often seen performing in weddings and other cultural functions around the city. Coming from an indigent family background, Tilak dreams of making it huge in life with the help of football in order to support his family.