New Delhi [India], Sept 6 (ANI): For a defender whose stamina seems never-ending and whose agility often leaves opposition bewildered, Boris Singh often runs out of words when he describes his journey.
"I used to play football with a tennis ball when I was in school. It is what we had at that time and we had to make the most out of it," says Boris.
It is almost unfathomable to see a kid who started playing football with a tennis ball become an integral element of the Indian U-17 World Cup squad. Almost cinematic, some might say, but that is what Boris Singh's life has been.
"My father used to help my mother run a grocery shop, but after the grocery shop got shut, he started working on daily terms," he said.
"Football was something which gave me freedom. I could do what I wanted to do on the field and it felt amazing. It gave me another life," Boris added.
"My father wanted me to study and he was very strict when I was young and at the same time I wanted to play football."
"I used to play football with kids twice my age and I used to get battered almost every game. I was in a position where I did not know what was working for me in life, what was not."
The nimble footed defender went on to represent India U-17s in the AFC U-16 Championship and has played a vital clog in defence, most recently in the Four-Nation Tournament in Mexico.
But it is not as if Boris Singh isn't tempted almost everyday to live life like a normal teenager. "There is temptations, a lot of temptations"
"There are times when I want to eat an ice cream or have a beverage, but I cannot because that will spoil my diet. It gets hard some days but then I would not want to change a thing"
"It all comes down to priorities. My priority is to make my nation proud in the FIFA U-17 World Cup and I am focused for it. I fight temptation with motivation and I am living a dream which I don't want to end", adds Boris.(ANI)