The NEUFC winger spoke exclusive to Khel Now’s Himangshu Rajkhowa…

Holicharan Narzary, the shy and soft spoken, blue-eyed local boy of the NorthEast has been one of the central figures behind the Highlanders’ success this season. Before the home game against Mumbai City FC he spoke exclusively to Khel Now.

The winger shared his thoughts about his early football life, his present form and playing for the national team.

The youngster has fast become a mainstay for both club and country and is enjoying his time in the limelight. “I never heard that Zico and some other big names praised my game but someone told me. It feels great. Being a mainstay whether in the Indian Super League and the national team is always special and feels nice.”

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Narzary hails from Kokrajhar, the place in Assam more often in the news for all the bad reasons, but which has been producing quality footballers regularly. Asked about his parents’ first reaction to his choice of becoming a professional footballer he said, “It was tough, from school football to SAI then to various clubs, national team, ISL, it has been a long journey for me. It is not like that I chose this as a career, but the circumstances made me who I am today. I feel proud for my region and my parents, although it’s tough for me sometimes to look after them as they are all alone in Kokrajhar.”

The talented winger is a regular face in the national squad and has been in impressive so far in ISL 3. He is a favourite disciple of India manager Stephen Constantine. “Stephen as a coach is great. He picked me for the national squad for the first time when he was the coach. Now, I am in the team under him and the team is like a family. Everyone helps each other like friends, like brothers.”

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