“India Calling” for Nelly

Melbourne based footballer set to play in Indian Soccer League

Melbourne based professional football player Nelly Yoa is set to play in the upcoming season of Indian Super League (ISL). The Indian Super League is a men’s professional football league. For sponsorship reasons, the league is officially known as the Hero Indian Super League.

One of the top football leagues in India, it currently shares the top spot in the Indian football league system with the I-League. The ISL is contested by 10 teams. Founded in 2013 in partnership with Reliance Industries and Start Sports, the ISL was launched with the goal of growing the sport of football in India, and increase its exposure in the country.

When asked which team he would be playing for, Nelly says “I am in final stages of negotiations. Once everything is finalised, I would be happy to share the name of team.”

Nelly Yoa with Nitin Gupta and Pallavee Joshi

Nelly originally hails from South Sudan, and later moved to Australia. Now a proud Australian, Nelly also enjoys good relationship with the Australian Indian community. He is an Ambassador for American Express and also endorses the suiting/clothing brand yd. Australia.

Nelly loves Indian food, watches Indian movies when he has spare time, and can be seen at quite few Indian events in Melbourne. He was one of the Judges at the Don Bella Beauty Contest, and he is a proud supporter of various initiatives that intend to bring Australia’s African and Indian communities closer.

When it comes to Indian food, Nelly simply loves everything—Be it Dosa, Idli, Gujarati Thali, Daal Makhani, Chicken Curry or Mumbai Street Food. “I just love Indian food, and love eating at Indian restaurants across the globe.” Says the foodie Nelly.

Talking about Indian movies, Nelly says that he is a big fan of Tamil Superstars Rajni Sir and Khushbu Sundar Mam. “I just love everything that Thalaiva Rajnikant, and Thalaivi Khushbu do on screen. I am just in awe of their cinematic performances.” Says Nelly who clearly hopes to catch up with his cinematic idols sometime in near future.

Nelly Yoa with Dheepa Awtani

Nelly also loves Bollywood movies, and is a big fan of Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan. Nelly feels both Ranbir Kapoor and Abhishek Bachchan are under rated actors who are much more talented than their box office records. When it comes to actors in negative roles, Nelly’s favourite actor is Vishwajeet Pradhan, who is now settled in Melbourne.

Previously also Nelly has played professional soccer in India, and he is looking forward to playing again in India. He loves the Indian culture, the Indian history, and in general everything about India.

“I have heard some great stories about brave Indian kings such as Maharana Pratap and Shiva Jee, from my good Australian Indian friend—Former Ministerial Adviser Mr Nitin Gupta. I would love to spend more time in cities like Udaipur, Pune and other places where these brave Indian kings spent most of their lives. I am also a big fan of Indian freedom fighters like Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, and Chandrashekar Azaad. I want to learn more about these Indian idols.” Further adds Nelly.


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