Losing his right leg couldn't stop Vaisakh from representing India
Kozhikode: Perambra native Vaisakh has two dreams in life; one to become a footballer and second to serve the nation as soldier. But an accident that occurred 10 years ago took his right leg and also shattered his dreams. Vaisakh was not ready to give up and finally managed to become the captain of Indian Amputee Football team.
Vaisakh, son of Perambra Avala native Sasidharan and Rajani, joined the team last January. He loved football from a very young age. But when he was on his way to buy football kit for District Football team, a KSRTC bus collided with his bike. He lost his right leg in the mishap but he was more shocked when doctors told him that he would never be able to play football.
For the first few months, he spent days with his friends playing caroms and chess. Later, he got a wheelchair and he started playing cricket and football sitting on it. Though he struggled to play football, physiotherapy performed in medical college helped him a lot. He used a walking stick instead of the lost right leg.
When Vaisakh played for Malabar United Kozhikode in Kallanoorul Father Vattukulam Football tournament, somebody uploaded the video of the match on Facebook and Twitter. Thus Eelco Schattorie, the then coach of North East United FC, invited him to play with their stars. Vaisakh played with them and also became the official guest of the match between North East FC and Chennai FC.
Apart from football, he has also played volleyball in 2016 Paralympics representing India. Last year, he also played for Yuva Kerala Club in Bahrain. Now Vaisakh is waiting for the Amputee World Cup 2022 in which he will be leading the team.
Presently, Vaisakh has reached home after a match with Kenya in African Confederations Cup. He is working as pharmacist in Homeopathic dispensary in Idukki. He has taken leave for attending matches.