DPS Budgam student makes it to SAFF U-20 India squad
Post by on Thursday, August 4, 2022
Srinagar, August 03: Syed Zahid Bukhari, a student of Delhi Public School Budgam has been selected to the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF ) India squad after stellar performances in a series of tournaments.
As per a statement, Zahid, a superb goalkeeper, has exhibited extraordinary talent in various district, state and National level tournaments. His brilliant play was partly responsible for DPS Budgam’s championship performancein the Chinar Cup football tournament held at DPS Srinagar.
The School’s coaching staff trained him rigorously for the National Camp and supported his participation in various National level events. Zahid’s own hard work and dedication have paid off well.
After qualifying the trials held for Real Kashmir Tourney where he was selected for the U-15 team, he played some youth tournaments including U-15 I league and U-18 I league and was sent for a one-week‘exposure trip’ to Dortmund Germany.
In 2019 , he played for the senior side and was awarded man of the match against J&K Bank Football Club. The coaches were highly impressed with him and sent him for some more trials for the U-16 National side. While in the camp for almost 6 months, he played many matches, including some matches in Malaysia. In 2020, he signed his first professional contract with Indian Arrows which is a youth team of the AIFF(All India Football Federation)that plays in the I-league(1st division league of India). After playing 5 matches in 2020-21 and 13 in 2021- 22, he was called up for the U-20 India Squad which is going to participate in the SAFF(South Asian Football Federation) Cup and AFC(Asian Football Championship) in August this year.
The Pro VC DPS Budgam, Mumtazunnisa Soz congratulated Zahid for being invited to join the national squad.
She also appreciated the School’s Physical Education Department for their constant efforts to train student athletes. She stated that Zahid has made not only his School but the entire Kashmir valley proud. She further assured that the school will keep on nurturing talent and will not leave any stone unturned in providing all the opportunities for their growth and development.
The Principal, Shobhna Sirohi extended heartfelt congratulations to Zahid for his impeccable sports talent. The principal stated ,"it is a moment of joy and pride for all of us. We aim to create a pool of such students that can bring laurels to the School and also advance their personal goals and interests.”
She wished Zahid all the best for his future endeavours.