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Height no bar

Chatrabhuj Narsee Memorial’s (CNM) striker Divyansh Shah proved that height is no bar if you’ve got the skill.

The four-foot-two-inch Shah, one of the shortest players on the ground yesterday, scored a brace to help his team beat RN Shah (Juhu) 3-0 to win third place in the Mumbai Schools Sports Association (MSSA) U-14 Div IV at Azad Maidan.


Short & sweet: Divyansh Shah (left) tries to shoot at Azad Maidan yesterday. Pic/Shadab Khan

Divyansh scored six goals in eight matches as the Vile Parle school earned a promotion to Div III after six years.

The 13-year-old opened the scoring for CNM in the seventh minute with a brilliant header and then extended the lead in the 12th minute with a tap-in from close range. In the 23rd minute, striker Neel Busa scored from a free-kick.

Divyansh is happy to have made his coach Krishnakant Joshi proud. “Looking at my height, people don’t take me seriously until they play against me. Height doesn’t matter at all. As long as I score, it’s good enough for me. Joshi sir has immense faith in me and I’m happy to have lived up to his expectations,” Divyansh told MiD DAY.

Coach Joshi was all praise for his little striker too. “He might look tiny, but his skill and speed are fantastic. He has a good understanding of the game. The way he cuts through the opposition defence surprises me. I’m proud of him,” Joshi said. 

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