A 'big brother' with big dreams

A 'big brother' with big dreams

Name: Ehvin SasidharanAge: 17

Team: National Football Academy Under-17

Favourite team: Manchester United. They build up their attack through their fullbacks and move the ball very quickly.

Favourite player: Sergio Ramos. He is a very aggressive defender, who is composed and sure when he goes in for tackles. His playing style is simple, but he contributes a lot for his team.

His National Football Academy (NFA) Under-17 teammates call him Acha (father in Malayalam), but Ehvin Sasidharan sees himself more like a brother.

The 17-year-old Saint Andrew's Junior College student said: "Coach Abdullah (Noor, of Singapore Sports School) used to call out for 'Vin' and both (fellow defender) R Aaravin and I would respond.

"One day, they heard me refer to my dad as 'Acha' and they just started calling me that from then on.

"Now, even some of their parents call me that," added the Sports School old boy.

His NFA coach and former Singapore defender Saswadimata Dasuki said: "He is an attack-oriented right back, who gives 100 per cent every time he takes the field. He is also not afraid to go in for the tackle.

"Off the field, he is very intelligent and responsible - he is always punctual for trainings and will text me in advance if he is unable to make it because of school or family. If he can juggle football with his schoolwork, he can do well in the future."

Ehvin and his younger brother were introduced to the game by their father, an avid social footballer. They would play at an open field near their home in Woodlands.

INSPIRATION

Ehvin got hooked and featured as a centre back in Si Ling Primary School. He was either a right back or a right-sided midfielder at the Sports School.

"My dad really inspired me to play... he told my brother and I to just do what we love," said Ehvin.

"I think my best attributes are my overlapping runs and my speed, although I feel that my tackling has improved as well," added the youngster, who met Pele and Eric Cantona at the Sports School two years ago.

The best moment in his budding career was when the Singapore U-15s lost 2-1 to their Juventus counterparts at the Lion City Cup here in 2011.

The Singapore outfit were trailing 1-0 when Ehvin pulled off a spectacular goal-line clearance.

"Even though we eventually lost, at that moment, I felt like I saved the team and really contributed," he said.

"I really hope I can play for the national team in the future and the preparation towards that dream has already started."


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