His preferred foot is left. He can be a nightmare for any defense and his fitness is astounding. No, he isn't Lionel Messi. He is a nine-year-old kid. Joshua Mendes from St. Mary's School (ICSE) – who plays as a left winger – is a prodigy. On Thursday, he set up two goals to help his team beat Aditya Birla 3-2 on penalties in the round of 32 of the U-10 MSSA MI-football tournament at Azad Maidan.
Joshua's dream run started last week when he scored three goals and bagged the Best Player award in a tournament organised by his school. The next day, he stunned his opponents scoring nine goals in two matches in the Kenkre Champions League and was declared Player of the Tournament in the U-10 category.
However, Joshua is equally serious about his education. "My parents say that to play football I need to study too. That encourages me to do well in both," says the avid Barcelona fan who is currently in the third standard.
He trains at the Kenkre Academy. The CEO of the academy, Joshua Lewis, says, "the boy has been training with us for nine months now and he's got speed and vision which kids of his age normally don't have."