A Young Australian of Nepalese Origin Creating Ripples in Junior Football 

Raju Manandhar
An editor at Nepalese Australian
Anshu Ale, 16 years old Nepalese boy is featuring in the 2022 School Sport Australia Football Championship to be held at Valentine Sports Park, NSW
Anshu Ale, 16 years old Nepalese youth is featuring in the 2022 School Sport Australia Football Championship to be held at Valentine Sports Park, NSW

 Anshu Ale, 16 years old Nepalese boy is featuring in the 2022 School Sport Australia Football Championship to be held at Valentine Sports Park, NSW from 11th to 16th September. The exceptionally gifted, passionate, and hardworking young footballer is representing Queensland School Sport 13-16 Boys Football Team for 2022.

Anshu Ale, who was born in 2006 in Pokhara, Nepal, moved to Australia with his parents as a 15-month-old toddler. At 7, he started playing football in a local community club and continued to grow as an accomplished junior footballer. Endowed with commendable attributes such as playing quickly and sensibly under pressure, strong mental agility, swift alertness, vision, and an eye for goal. His skills and passion for his favourite sport gained significant momentum as time passed by and on his own merit, he secured a position in the U16 National Premier League (NPL) Academy team representing Brisbane Strikers, one of the highest-ranked football clubs (Academy) in Queensland. Additionally, he also regularly plays for a higher age group (U18) in the club in the league.

Anshu’s Inspiring Attributes

He is well-known for his close ball control, attacking intelligence, and superlative strikes.  He displays remarkable foot-eye coordination and timing. The dependable midfielder exploits his individual flair to maximize the overall performance of the team. Anshu is gifted with a combination of talent and technical excellence. His controlled and pinpoint accurate passing competence and explosiveness in attacking the space are well commended by his coaches and peers. The versatile midfielder with a defense-splitting pass often carves open the opposition defence line and paves the way for himself and his teammates for the final assault. He has an amazing natural aptitude for running forward with the ball and shooting from outside the D area. He is sharp in decision-making to distribute the ball for the result-oriented move. He is skilled at both ground ball and volley. He is one of the best playmakers and preferred corner kick takers on his team.

Exhibiting his football talent at an early age, the gifted, diligent, and committed Anshu has sufficiently carved his name into the footballing scene. He has a natural gift for scoring and assisting in an attack. His exceptionally effortless sense of playing style inevitably catches the attention of the coaches and football officials. His distinctive fashion gets the audience completely hooked. The elegant midfielder cum silky forward possesses two-footedness. Having the level of ball mastery, the fast-attacking midfielder often disrupts the opponent’s defense block and effortlessly glides across the pitch. He often loves to cut in from the right and wreak havoc on opposition players and contributes to find the net for the team.

Anshu Ale in the photo with his loving, caring and supportive father Dr Jit Bahadur Ale Magar, mother Anita Adhikari Ale, and sister Kreity Ale
Anshu Ale is in the photo with his loving, caring and supportive father Dr. Jit Bahadur Ale Magar, mother Anita Adhikari Ale, and sister Kreity Ale

Anshu’s Deserving Performance and Media Attention

He scored two goals and created several goal-scoring opportunities for his team in the four matches he played during the recently concluded Queensland School Sports Championship held in July 2022 on Sunshine Coast. Anshu’s spectacular skills and extraordinary performance throughout the tournament did not go unnoticed as selectors had no hesitation in locking a spot for him in the U16 – boys Queensland State squad to play the national championship in September in Sydney. His exceptional skills, passion, and dedication were acknowledged by the media during the tournament and the prestigious newspaper ‘The Courier Mail’ included him in the “Top 40 young footballers 16 and 18 years old”. A well-known sports columnist Andrew Dowson writes “The young Nepalese prodigy is such an eye-catching talent, Rayo Vallecano offered him a trial as a 14-year-old. From Brisbane Strikers, his ability is one thing, but he is also renowned for hard work which helped land him in the Queensland under 16 side.”

Anshu’s Recognition in Home and Abroad

Anshu’s recent significant achievement is that he has been awarded a scholarship to train and trail in a La-Liga club Rayo Vallecano through Genova International Football Academy. His distinctive achievement resulted from the process of highly competitive multistage trials organized by his home club and scouted by renowned FIFA agent Morris Pagniello.  He is scheduled to fly into Madrid in November 2022 to chase his special dream.

He has been consecutively selected in the highly sought-after player development program called the Talent Support Program (TSP) consecutively since 2019. TSP (now known as Football Queensland Academy) is the Football Queensland initiative where 25 to 30 highest performing junior players across the state train together and regularly participate in elite junior games. He played Youth National Youth Championship in 2019 representing Queensland U13 state team. He had secured his spot in U14 and U15 state teams for the Youth National Championship in 2020 and 2021 however the tournament could not go ahead due to the Covid pandemic.

He also represented Queensland to play Donasti Cup 2017 held in San Sebastian, Spain, which is one of the biggest international junior football tournaments for 8-18 years old.

 Anshu’s Performances and Contributions Rewarded

In recognition of his dedication and performance in his club, Anshu has been continuously awarded the prestigious “Clem Jones Scholarship” 4th year in a row since 2019.  Anshu also received “The emerging Athlete Pathway Travel Scholarship” for his trip to Youth National Championship, in 2019.

Apart from regular training under qualified club coaches over the years, he is privileged to have been trained by overseas coaches such J league player Hiroki Omori (1 year), former Barcelona FC junior manager Tahir Mortezaie (2 years), and former Real Madrid Junior development director Nacho Ferrer who is the current Technical Director at Brisbane Strikers for the last 3 years (4 years). The duo, Tahir and Nacho, hold UEFA Pro-Coaching Licence, the highest coaching certification available in Europe.

Anshu’s Extra-Activities Curricular and Future Goals

He also regularly participates in football tournaments organized by local Nepalese community Football clubs. He is well known, loved, and admired by arguably all senior football lovers within the community. Anshu also occasionally fancies lawn tennis, cricket, swimming, and sprinting. Anshu is academically sound and would like to pursue an engineering and/or sports science degree in the future.

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