Chinglensana Singh: Feel like I’m at the right place with Hyderabad FC

Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) outfit Hyderabad FC have bolstered their defence ahead of the new season with the addition of Chinglensana Singh from FC Goa. Having previously worked with several Indian players at his new club, Chinglensana believes that he has joined the right team and is training with the right people.

“I already feel a part of this beautiful club. I have previously played with a number of players currently at Hyderabad FC. I worked with Laxmikant Kattimani in my time with FC Goa. Subrata Paul helped me settle into the Indian national team when I made my debut in Bhutan,” the defender told Hyderabad FC’s official website.

“I travelled with Adil Khan and Halicharan Narzary playing with the national team while Souvik Chakrabarti was my teammate at Delhi Dynamos. So, I have a lot of familiar faces here and I feel that I am at the right place, training with the right people, which make me even more excited to be a part of this club,” Chinglensana added.

The 23-year-old defender was part of FC Goa for three seasons, making 19 appearances for the Gaurs. Now with Hyderabad, the defender has been training hard to play a telling role with his new club. “In my first season with FC Goa, I was not deemed fit enough and I learned my lesson early. So, I wanted a better version of myself and wanted to work hard and improve every day, so I was keen to use them regularly. It was also important for me to follow a diet and train hard, which will hopefully help me in the build-up to the new ISL season,” Chinglensana shared.

With the upcoming season set to be staged in Goa, Chinglensana will be making a return to the state he represented for three years in the Hero ISL. However, with COVID-19 protocols in place, the players will be made to stay in a bio-secure bubble and Chinglensana discussed the challenges that come with being in a bubble for the entire duration of the season.

“Goa is a state with a lot of beautiful places. So, in terms of not being able to go out and visit, it will be really tough for not just us but for all teams in the Indian Super League. Sometimes, even on off-days when you want to relax, it is not an option. Nobody is used to these norms, so this pre-season is going to be challenging mentally, as much as physically,” he concluded.

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