Back in 1990s, a little boy was walking along with his grandfather until they both waited a bit to watch a few boys playing soccer in the solitary football ground of their village. It was this moment that ignited a spark for the love of soccer in the boy’s mind. The extent of that ignition was such that the boy grew up to represent Indian national football team at the international level. But back there in the periphery of the football ground, little did the duo knew about the forthcoming future.
Growing up as a kid was never an easy task for Halicharan Narzary. In his quest for soccer he had none but poverty as his enemy. Halicharan came from an extremely poor family. The family hardly managed to meet their ends on a daily basis. Halicharan’s grandfather introduced him to football. But at that time, the family hardly knew that boy from Batabari would grow up as a footballing icon in India. Amidst the poverty, Halicharan’s family supported Narzary and helped him to pursue football.
When the going gets tough,the tough gets the going. Narzary got his first break in his life when he was selected at the Sports Authority Of India’s trials. He was performing exceedingly well at the school leagues during those times. Halicharan struggled to gather money for buying his own boots at one stage. From SAI Hostel,Narzary represented Assam at U-16 National Championship in Mahilpur. The tournament paved a way for an illustrious career of this enchanting left winger as he was selected for Indian national U-16 team owing to his performances at the Mahilpur tournament. From there he went on to represent Indian national football team at the U-19 as well as at the senior most level.
During 2010-11 season of Indian football, Narzary got his first professional contract when he signed for Pailan Arrows. A young Halicharan had to wait a bit before establishing himself as a first team regular at the Arrows. He scored his first professional club goal on 15th May 2011 for the Arrows. Narzary then joined I-league club Dempo. He was drafted by North East United FC to play in 2015 Indian Super League. He played for other Indian Super league clubs FC Goa, Chennaiyin FC and Kerala Blasters.
It was in his home ground that Narzary made his senior national tean debut. He came as an injury time substitute against Nepal in 2-0 win at Guwahati in 2015. It marked the fulfilment of the dream that boy with his grandfather saw in the last decade of 20th century. His dream has become a reality. Halicharan changed his fortunes with his hardwork and determination. He was honoured by Assam Government for his contribution towards sports.
The boy from Batabari, who went on to establish himself as one of the regulars of Indian National Football team has shown to the nation how a strong will power can take people to unmeasured heights. Halicharan Narzary will be an icon of inspiration for many upcoming young footballers in the future.
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