Colombian striker of Sreenidi Deccan FC, David Castaneda is not only good at scoring goals, he is also good at academics. He is currently studying industrial engineering. The 27-year-old, who scored nine goals in 11 appearances to sit fourth in the current I-League top scorers table, is studying industrial engineering at the University of Antioquia in his native country .
“When I was in school I was very good with numbers and my teachers encouraged me to try to become an engineer because it would open up a lot of career opportunities,” he told the website. of the I-League.
”Many of the people who occupy management positions in the world of sport are engineers who specialize in management and administration. Maybe in the future I could be the president of a football club,’ Castaneda smiled.
Pursuing a professional football career alongside a technical degree might lead to a work-life imbalance, but with pure discipline he is able to manage both.
”It’s not easy because you have games every few days, training sessions, trips to different cities for away games. But if you are disciplined and take responsibility, you can handle both,” he said.
After plying his trade in Colombia for several years, Castaneda found himself playing in the Iraqi Premier League with Zakho SC before hitting Indian shores to lead the line for new I-League boys Sreenidi Deccan.
”I played in Colombia for many years but my dream has always been to go abroad and play in other countries. So far it has been a very good experience for me here. I’m very happy and everyone in the team – the staff, the players have been really good to me,” he said.
Having booked their ticket to the 2021-22 I-League Championship Stage, Castaneda sees no reason why they can’t go all the way.
”We believe we can win the title because we have a very good team. We prepare very well for every game and we have a very good group of people working there. Our goal is to bring the trophy home,” he concluded.
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