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Keval Doshi thrives on home support!

It was an emotional day for Infant Jesus’ Keval Doshi. Riding on the 13-year-old defender-turned-goalkeeper Keval’s heroics, Infant Jesus School (Malad) entered Div I with a 3-2 win over St Xavier’s (Fort) in the MSSA boy’s U-14 Div II final at Azad Maidan.

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Infant Jesus’ (Malad) defender Keval Doshi with his family — grandparents Naginbhai and Kantaben, dad Haresh, mum Neelam, sisters Shruti and Hasti, uncles Bipin and Raju Shah, maternal aunt’s family Richa, Rakesh, Dheer, and cousins Pashva and Pinjal at Azad Maidan yesterday. Pic/Suresh KK

Keval’s maternal grandparents — Naginbhai Shah (68) and Kantaben Shah (65) specially travelled from Ghatkopar all the way to CST by cab to watch him play.

Eleven other family members — father Haresh, mother Neelam, sisters Shruti and Hasti, maternal uncles Bipin and Raju Shah, maternal aunt’s family Richa, Rakesh and Dheer, and cousins Pashva and Pinjal — were also present to watch their star¬†player.

Keval effected three saves and also scored in the tie-breaker to help his team win via sudden death after both sides were locked 0-0 at full time. Shivanshu Pandey, Keval and Janmesh Keny were on target for Infant Jesus. While, only Naomoan Shaikh and Sarvesh Sharma scored for St Xavier’s.

After the win, Naginbhai said: “It was an emotional moment for me. We just arrived from Bhavnagar in Mumbai a few days ago. He is the first from our family to play at this level and win a title. My sons, Bipin and Raju like cricket.”

Kantaben said: “I don’t have words to explain how I felt today. When the whole team lifted Keval, I couldn’t stop my tears. I was so happy when people came over to ask me if I was Keval’s grandmother.”

An elated Keval said: “I haven’t seen my paternal grandparents, so my maternal grandparents mean the world to me. I was overjoyed to see them travel all the way here to watch me play. The title is a bonus.” ¬†

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