It may seem like a cake-walk to many but this rising sport-star had a very humble beginning. Nishu Kumar’s bucket list had him wanting to play professional football, playing for big clubs and winning trophies such as the I-League & the Federation Cup.
Football had just started evolving when this young lad started playing on the streets of Muzaffarnagar.
“Football, as a game might be simple but you need facilities. Facilities like infrastructure, good coaching, mentors along with leagues that are played around the year. These were not present where I came from or when I started my journey. Currently, I want to represent India and win a continental trophy with Bengaluru FC. Fulfilling my dream of becoming a professional footballer was not easy.”
Nishu began his career as a professional footballer at the Chandigarh Football Academy after which he attended the AIIF Academy. His stint got him selected at the Tata Tea & Inter Milan Soccer Stars talent hunt among the top sixteen players from across the country. Nishu had a good gig at the U-15 Manchester United Premier Cup in 2012. Later he moved to the AIFF Elite Academy. He has represented India at the U19 AFC Championship Qualifiers.
“Whenever I read of some interviews I always hear the same words; determination, hard work and sacrifice. This stands true for me as well.”
The road to becoming a professional footballer was long. It surely put Nishu to a rigorous test. The making of this sportsman involved a lot of sacrifices but Nishu learnt to test his limits. The feeling of accomplishing his goal, especially the one that he had held close to his heart for so long made it all the more easy and worthwhile.
He believes in the words of Conor McGregor, “All of us are born equal and talent doesn’t exist, there is only obsession.”
He had recently heard of these words but his life has been an exemplary definition of the same. According to Nishu, success always comes down to the same values.
He speaks of a unique sense of satisfaction that one feels when they achieve something like big. There is happiness but on the inside there is also a sense of pride. The bucket lister was awarded with the Most Improved Player in 2017.
“You don’t need anyone else to tell you that you did something that impressed them, you know you made yourself proud and that really matters.”
For his next bucket list, he wants to go on a mountain climbing expedition. He also wants to do something for his parents who have supported him all throughout.
Passionate beings out there, if you are reading this, Nishu has something to say.
“Follow your dreams, especially the big ones, the ones that you doubt you can achieve and people around you don’t want you to. Obsess over them, work hard, sacrifice your time and be determined enough to not stop until you achieve them.”
WoovlyFunFact: You must have heard of red cards held up by referees against players for foul play. Did you know there is one such footballer, Lee Todd who outdid himself and was awarded a red card within two seconds of a game in October 2000?