Abhishek Sharma had first watched Nadong Bhutia play in 2014 when the striker from Sikkim was plying his trade for Mumbai City FC in the inaugural season of the Indian Super League.
Back then, Sharma was a student of sports management and working part-time in the industry. Bhutia was a budding footballer who had just entered his twenties and had earlier played in the I-League’s top two divisions. He was a part of the Royal Wahingdoh team that had finished third in the 2014-’15 I-League. He had a bright future ahead.
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