The son of a farmer hailing from Balrampur district in Uttar Pradesh, Akash Mishra’s journey to the Indian Super League remains an inspiration to many youngsters in the country. A full-back by trait, Akash’s fortunes changed after he was selected by the U Dream Football Academy for their camp in 2015. The 18-year-old spent three years learning the trade in Germany and returned to India in 2018, when he was picked up the Indian Arrows, after breaking into the India U18 side. He was a regular in the starting XI of the U18 squad that clinched the SAFF Championships in 2019, scoring twice in seven appearances. Standing at around six feet, Akash is a natural talent who joined a host of youngsters at Hyderabad FC just this year and could make his debut for the club in the upcoming ISL season.
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