Taking the first step: Youngest players to feature in the Reliance Foundation Development League

The Reliance Foundation Development League 2022 was a much-needed platform for the youngsters to show their talent and make a case for their inclusion in their respective teams' Hero Indian Super League (ISL) squads.

Several youngsters getting the opportunity to make their mark in a fiercely competitive domestic U-23 league. 

While the league also featured a select few players aged 23, numerous younger players made an appearance and put up a show in the league.

Here are the youngest players that featured in the Reliance Foundation Development League.

Ebindas Y

The youngest of the lot, the Kerala Blasters FC midfielder took the field at the age of 17 years and eight days. He made two appearances for the Kochi-based outfit.

Khoirom Jackson Singh

The shot-stopper made an appearance for the Arata Izumi-led RF Young Champs side at the age of 17 years and one month. He played five matches for RF Young Champs and was impressive for the youngest team of the tournament. He showed great composure in goal for a player of his age and kept two clean sheets for his team.

Emboklang Nongkhlaw

The Bengaluru FC forward was aged 17 years and three months at the time of his debut. He made four appearances for the team. His minutes were limited given the competition for places in the Bengaluru FC attack. But his time will come in the future.

Alex Konthoujam

The RF Young Champs forward made the starting XI at the age of 17 years and three months. He was a regular feature in the team and played six matches, spending 330 minutes of the field for Arata Izumi-coached team.

Gopal Hembrom

The Jamshedpur FC defender was aged 17 years and three months during his appearance. He just made one appearance for the team.

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