The youngster's journey from Imphal to the national squad was not an easy one.
Read on to find out more about this dynamic talent who almost quit playing football at one point in his life.
The U-17 football squad's skillful midfielder, Mohammad Shahjahan
Support from parents and siblings
Mohammad Shahjahan was born in Imphal, Manipur and is the youngest of his seven siblings.
Shahjahan's passion for the game convinced his father who works as a tailor, to buy his first pair of football shoes.
His eldest brother believed in his ability and enrolled the 9-year-old Shahjahan at Youth Organisation Sporting Club, a grassroots academy. Thus began his journey.
Academy to State level
Shahjahan was a regular at the podium in age-group football. At academy level, he won the best player award in U-13 and U-14 competitions.
He rose to district and state level in no time. His performances led to trial at West Bengal's Kalyani Academy where he was chosen to play for U-12 side.
Thereon, he was selected to train at AIFF Elite Academy, Goa.
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Dropped from the AIFF Elite Academy in 2015, under the messy regime of former coach Nicolai Adam, Shahjahan considered quitting football all together.
He got a lifeline in 2016, when he was picked up by Minerva Punjab FC.
As luck would have it, Shahjahan's performances here led to him being drafted into the current squad by coach Luis Norton de Matos.
Other Minerva players in U-17 squad
Three other Shahjahan's fellow players from Minerva, who were chosen to play in the current U-17 squad include Jackson Singh, Anwar Ali, and Nongdamba Naorem.
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