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Author : Sunny Narang

Source : Facebook Archives

First Published Date : 2nd August, 2018

Nikhil Sharma is a young man from Pune , who left his corporate job in a media company in Mumbai to follow his dream in sports , especially in football.

He worked under my mentoring for almost 4 years in which he was a Director on Shillong Lajong Football Club (SLFC) the first football club from North East to enter I League , looking at team building and co-creating the only ISL football club of North East India , the NorthEast United FC .

He built new web of relationships from football clubs in India and in many other countries that love football.

He has a single minded dedication to building the football ecology of India from grassroots scouting to players to federations to leagues to coaches to infrastructure to clubs .

He himself is a certified football coach .

As life goes , I moved out of all operations to take a sabbatical from entrepreneurship and do light touch mentoring and informally work in the intersection of politics , policy , innovation , start ups and entrepreneurship .

And delight in my love of the diversity of cultures and communities of our indefinable Des .

So Nikhil set out to build his own enterprise which would single mindedly just work on football and everything associated with it .

He has created a small start up zlait with two partners Sourabh Yadav and Gibran Rahman both Delhi NCR boys .


They are managing Indian and Foreigner football players , building football infrastructure and consultants at large for clubs and leagues , amateur , recreational , professional .

As I shared before LEH LEH Sports built it’s first synthetic turf , it was built by zlait .

This is my larger start up family , in most I have zilch monetary investment but they all believe in following ones passion .

It will soon come together via my Sutradhaar site Rasa Investments Group to share the stories of those that follow their own passions and support others in theirs .

As I say “Building Coalitions for Creativity.