Subhash Singh returns to Mumbai for a tryst with destiny

Singam Subhash Singh

While a vast majority of Indian kids have to choose between academics and sports as a career option, Singam Subhash Singh had to pick between football and weightlifting. He chose the former and the life defining choice would take him as a professional player to Air-India, East Bengal, Pune FC and Shillong Lajong. Now, the Manipuri striker returns to the maximum city for a tryst with destiny and a stint with the star-studded Mumbai City FC in the upcoming Hero Indian Super League.

In a candid chat with the Manipuri frontman explained the importance of being clear about your goals and fighting hard to realize them. “I used to keep fighting with my dad. He wanted me to be a weightlifter but I wanted to be a footballer. I kept fighting and eventually won,” Subhash recalled. “I joined the Manipur Sports Authority of India and then Manipur Club and finally ended up with Air India. Seeing my rapid progress in the sport everyone related to me gave me all out support.”

The 24-year-old forward, who has knocked in his fair share of goals and was once voted as Pune FC’s Best Young Player for the 2011-12 season, has a simple attacking philosophy. He believes that a forward needs to primarily score or provide the pass which eventually leads to a goal because the worth of a striker is directly proportional to the number of goals he has scored or the assists he has provided.

"Make the sport a part of you and nothing can stop you from becoming a good footballer."

Singam Subhash Singh

His best goal was the one he scored for Air-India against Mahindra United in 2007. The jeepmen were dominating the game and took the lead while his side were looking like they would be unable to salvage the game. “Then I came on as a substitute and scored a wonderful goal and earned a point for my team. That is by far the best moment of my career,” remembered the striker when asked a question about his favourite football moment.

On being asked about his expectations from the ISL, the former India under-19 and under-23 player quickly replied, “It’s going to be really exciting as we will get to play with international players. The ISL is going to be a massive tournament and it is going change Indian football for good.”

Finally, the man who has been entrusted with the responsibility of providing support to international legends like Nicolas Anelka and Freddie Ljunberg, concluded the conversation with a piece of advice for aspiring footballers: “Just don’t practice for the sake of it. Love the game and give your hundred per cent. Make the sport a part of you and nothing can stop you from becoming a good footballer.”

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