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Jamshedpur, Nov. 4: Former cadets of Tata Football Academy (TFA) never miss a chance to appreciate the hard work put in by the coaches and management of India’s football nursery.
TFA graduates part of different ISL teams who visit Jamshedpur don’t miss a chance to visit their academy which has given them everything and spend memorable time and get emotional remembering the days they spend at the academy.
A day after playing draw against Jamshedpur FC at JRD Tata Sports Complex, TFA graduates Harmanjot Khabra, Udanta Singh, Rino Anto and Kean Lewis who are part of Bengaluru FC side visited Tata Football Academy along with Bengaluru FC and Indian Football team captain Sunil Chhetri.
The current batch of cadets accorded warm welcome to their seniors.
The BFC skipper interacted with the current batch and gave tips. He also took on a ‘Q n A’ session with the aspiring players at the Academy.
The TFA cadets were excited to have Chhetri at their place. He asked them to continue to work hard to achieve their goals.
Bengaluru players seemed delighted to be back in the city which holds good memories for them.
Harmanjot Khabra, Udanta Singh, Rino Anto and Kean Lewis took a trip down memory lane and visited their respective hostel rooms from their younger years at TFA.
Rino Anto who has played for a number of Indian clubs graduated from the academy in 2008, after which he has played for many top clubs including Mohun Bagan, Kerala Blasters and now with Bengaluru FC.
Tata Football Academy (TFA), considered the mecca for Indian footballers, has produced over 137 national players and around one-third of the Indian players in ISL are ex-TFA cadets.
Jamshedpur FC goalkeeper Subrata Paul himself is a TFA cadet and is representing India at the highest level for many years.
Bengaluru FC has failed to secure a win this season as all their three matches have ended in a draw. They next play Chennaiyin FC at home on November 10.