Ancel Andrews takes the long route to success in inter-school football

Jul 31, 2013, 01:17 IST | Rohan Koli

Usually kids do not like to travel long distances to attend school daily and prefer joining institutions closer home.

But, that is not the case with Christ Church, Byculla’s Ancel Andrews, who scored the lone goal in a Mumbai Schools Sports Association (MSSA) U-16 Div I inter-school match to guide his school to victory over Campion (Cooperage) at Azad Maidan yesterday.

Ancel Andrews
Ancel Andrews (right) celebrates with a teammate after scoring the lone goal against Campion. Pic/Atul Kamble

Ancel, who spends nearly two hours travelling to and fro between Goregoan to Byculla daily, scored from a free kick in the 39th minute.

Ancel, a student at a Goregoan school till class IV, switched schools when he found his talent getting wasted there. “I am very passionate about sports but my earlier school in Goregoan was not so active in sports.

The school had never even participated in MSSA tournaments. So, my mother decided that I join Christ Church where she is a teacher. That helped me as from the very first year as I got to be a part of the school football team,” the class X student said.

Besides football, Ancel also enjoys playing basketball and cricket. “I have been representing my school in the Harris Shield inter-school cricket tournament for the last two years and participated in an inter-school basketball tournament last year. But football has always been my first love.”

Christ Church coach Nilesh Rao revealed that the 15-year-old was suffering from an ankle injury and was not willing to play the match yesterday. “Ancel called me on Monday night and said that he had twisted his ankle while travelling in the train and wouldn’t be able to play.

But I asked him to just come and be present for the game. “When he came today he promised that he would not only play but also score a goal. I feel proud that he kept his word.”

The Byculla school have so far won three of their four matches. “I decided to play once I came to the ground. I am happy to score for my team against a tough opponent,” said Ancel, who scored his first goal of this season yesterday.

Other results: Boys U-16 DIV I: Jamnabai Narsee 1 (Drihsya Khanna) bt Bombay Scottish, Mahim 0; St Francis D’Assisi, Borivali 2 (Brendon D’Souza, Denney John) bt St Lawrence, Kandivali 1 (Shetty Nehal); St Anne’s, Malad 2 (Kirk Alvares, Rouen Novas) bt St Dominic Savio, Andheri 1 (Nabeel Shaikh); St Stanislaus, Bandra 1 (Ryan D’Souza) bt St Lawrence, Borivali 0; Don Bosco, Matunga 0 drew with St Mary’s SSC Mazagaon 0. 

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