17. Dhanapal Ganesh

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Born in the religious town of Vyasarpadi, Chennai, Dhanpal Ganesh boasts to be the first junior player to make it into the senior Pune FC team after he signed up for the Red Lizards in 2010-11.

After spending time with the Peninsula Pune FC Academy team, Ganesh made his first-team debut for Pune FC in the I-League against Churchill Brothers at the Fatorda Stadium on 18 December 2011 coming on in the 94th minute for Othallo Tabia in a 2–0 victory.

Dhanpal spent the 2012-13 season on loan at Pailan Arrows. During his time at Pailan Arrows, Dhanpal gained valuable experience as he got opportunities in the Durand cup, Federation cup and the I-League. He even scored a debut goal for the Arrows in his first Federation Cup encounter. During the entire season, he made 18 appearances for the club before returning to his parent club.

Ganesh has also featured for the Under-23 India team during the 2013 AFC U-22 Asian Cup qualification. He made his debut against Lebanon Under-23 which India won 5-2.

Soft spoken Dhanpal now hopes to slowly and steadily build his place into the team and help the team’s cause by becoming a regular.

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