By: Mudassir Maqbool, Asstt. Bureau Chief, ICN-J&K
SHOPIAN: Sannan Iqbal is becoming a household name in District Shopian for his abilities and manoeuvres as an emerging goal keeper.Iqbal, 18, S/O of Mohd. Iqbal Bhat hails from Bungam Shopian, is a state level player.“My father died due to brief illness which effected my carrier but my uncle & mother stood by me. They gave me courage and supported me to play this game,” Iqbal said.He proved his credentials as a player, even though the game is not popular in the region. After clearing 12th standard from Greenland School Shopian, Sannan is pursuing Bachelor’s Degree in Business administration from Iqbal institute of Technology & management in Srinagar.“It was in 8th standard that I developed interest in Football. Since then I am playing,” Sannan said.He has played with Football clubs in the district.In 2014 A police football tournament was organised where he was adjudged as man of the match as an able and meticulous goal keeper.“I represented J&K State as Goalkeeper in Jammu at GMC Science College on 25 February this year,” Sannan said.Sannan believes if better infrastructure is provided there are many like him who can excel as sportsmen.