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  Odisha lad Prakash Naik graduates from TFA
BHUBANESWAR,06 Jul 2018 (Team Orisports)

Odisha lad Prakash Naik and 18 others graduated in the 13th batch of cadets of the Tata Football Academy (TFA) yesterday. The convocation ceremony of the batch was held at the Michael John Auditorium in Jamshedpur. The 19 cadets from seven States celebrated their graduation from the academy after a four-year residential training course designed to develop their potential to the fullest.

Prakash, a native of Harijan Sahi in Sutahat area of Cuttack city, started playing football from his home club Rohit Academy in 2007. He played FAO First Division League for Azad Hind Club and tournaments for Bhubaneswar-based Unit-VI Athletic Association before joining TFA in 2015. Naik was spotted through Tata Steel’s nation-wide talent hunt scheme `Tata Tea Jaago Re Soccer Stars’in 2012. He went to Italy on a 15-day exposure tour and represented India in a youth tournament in Milan.


Tata Steel CEO & MD, T V Narendran graced the occasion as chief guest and handed over the passing-out certificates and mementoes to the cadets in the presence of TFA Management Board Chairman Sunil Bhaskaran and Udanta Singh, forward of the current India senior football team.

The graduating cadets have represented the country in various age-group tournaments. During the last four years, the batch won titles in IFA Shield-2016, JSA League-2016, Tata Utkalika Cup-2017 and finished runners-up in U18 I League Kolkata.

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has recognised TFA’s contribution and honoured it with an award for its `Continuous Contribution to Indian Football’. This is a first-of-its-kind recognition to any institution by AIFF.

The basic objective of Tata Football Academy (TFA) is to provide the mainstream of national football with a perennial pool of young footballers trained and oriented to international standards. Budding talent is scouted from across the country in the age group of 14 years, trained for four years and fed to the mainstream after graduation and at the expiry of a conditional contract, to seek a career in professional football.

The Tata Football Academy was inaugurated in 1987. A total of 213 cadets have graduated from TFA till date, out of which 141 cadets have represented the country. Twenty-four cadets have captained the Indian football team in various age-group tournaments.

GRADUATED CADETS (13th Batch): 1. Yendrembam Naresh, 2. Subham Ghosh, 3. Billu Teli, 4. MD Firoz Khan, 5. Swarup Das, 6. Rakesh Yadav, 7. Vishal Das, 8. Mobashir Rahman, 9. Parveen, 10. Ashish Pradhan, 11. Harsha Parui, 12. Md Rafique Ali Sardar, 13. Srinjoy Dutta, 14. Baset Hansdah, 15. Karandeep, 16. Prakash Naik, 17. Vijay Kumar, 18. Thiyam Shrivash Singh, 19. Lara.
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TOP: Graduated cadets, guests and Tata Steel dignitaries at the 12th Convocation Ceremony in Jamshedpur on July 5, 2018.
RIGHT: File photo of Odisha cadet Prakash Naik.


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