NEW DELHI, Oct 11: India U-17 football team goalkeeper Moirangthem Dheeraj Singh’s parents were dead against their son playing football, forcing the once school topper to bank on his maternal grandmother to buy him kits.
Dheeraj’s father Romit said his son was a bright student and he did not want him to play football as the game was not considered a career option.
“Dheeraj was a bright student and he was a class topper in his school. He was at a boarding school and there he was fond of taking part in drama and painting also and even singing bhajans. I was against him playing football. I would not buy his football kits, so he had to ask his maternal grandmother to buy these football, boots and other things,” Romit, who is here with his wife to watch their son play in the FIFA U-17 World Cup, told PTI.
“His mother was also against playing football but we had to relent after Dheeraj started playing at the national (age group) level. Now we are happy that he is playing for the country at such a big event. We had never imagined that he will one day play like this and get people’s praise,” he added.