No dream is too big for Lenser Pereira

After having won the MSSA U-16 football title and playing in the Youth I-League, Lenser Pereira has set his sights on something bigger

Photo credit: Lenser Pereira

The stage was set! Neither side was able to break the deadlock at half-time. The pressure began to show on both teams. That’s when Coach Leslie Machado looked to his bench for some inspiration. He called upon the services of Lenser Pereira and the rest was history!

Don Bosco, Matunga scored three late goals outclassing Campion to seal the 2017 MSSA U-16 football title out of which Lenser had a hand in two. “After the match, everyone was praising me,” says the 15-year old, proudly recalling the amazing victory. Lenser has gone on to represent the MSSA Academy in the Youth I-League and aims to play for his favourite club Manchester United someday.

Photo credit: Lenser Pereira

Starting early

Lenser Pereira's footballing career began at a very young age. The youngster who’s played school football for more than eight years now is still only 15. “I started playing football when I was in 2nd standard. My mom motivated me to join sports,” says the Boscoite, giving due credit. In fact, Don Bosco, Matunga, the school that Lenser attended, played a vital role in nurturing his precocious talent.

“The very first match that we played, we scored some 24 odd goals,” Lenser fondly recalls, underlining the rich footballing culture associated with the institution. He has been playing non-stop since, barring a few minor injuries. “Right now, I’m playing in the Reliance tournament for my school,” he states further.

Photo credit: Lenser Pereira

Getting the balance right

Having won the MSSA U-16 title, Lenser now plays for the MSSA Academy, “Some of my friends were already playing for MSSA and other clubs, so their parents suggested to my parents to send me for the trials. As soon as I started playing there, the coaches liked my game.”

His daily schedule is compartmentalized in such a way that it doesn’t affect his studies. “We have school practice before school and MSSA practice after school, so it doesn’t interfere with our studies,” he says confidently.

Apart from football, Lenser also has a predilection for music. “I love producing music. I would love to be a DJ someday. My favourite artists are Dmitri Vegas and Like Mike,” he says with a tinge of excitement.

Looking forward

When asked about his future plans, Lenser says, “I’d like to study Arts and then get into Hotel Management.” Inspired by his uncle who’s made it big in the cruise line, he would like to replicate that success on a local level.

But when it comes to football, he has set his sights on going international. “I’d like to play for India obviously and I’d like to represent some big club, like Manchester United,” says the life-long Ronaldinho fan who has set his heart on the ‘Theatre of Dreams’. Having already played in the Youth I-League, Lenser has set some challenging goals for himself, “I would love to play in the ISL and also join some academy abroad in the near future.”

“My mom and dad are my biggest supporters.” With both his parents backing him to the hilt, the sky is the limit for this young lad! Even though he has a big future ahead of him, Lenser does not put a lot of pressure on himself, as he leaves us with this parting message, “Never lose hope. Even if you don’t make it big in the field you’re passionate about, you may always achieve something even bigger in some other field.”

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