Over the years, the Indian Super League (ISL) has been witness to numerous rising stars who later establish themselves as key players in their teams.

One such player is Mohammed Sanan K, whose breakthrough came in the recent ISL season. Hailing from Kerala, this winger ascended through the ranks of the Reliance Foundation Young Champs before joining Jamshedpur FC for the 2023-24 season.

Sanan is celebrated for his natural attacking prowess and exceptional dribbling skills, traits he has honed through relentless effort and dedication to refining his technique.

In an exclusive interview with the Jamshedpur FC media team, Sanan revealed his deep-seated motivation for pursuing football and recounted his inspiring journey into the sport.

"At a young age, I used to watch a lot of football videos of players like (Cristiano) Ronaldo, (Lionel) Messi, and Neymar, as everyone does. So, at that young age, I was like, 'I want to be a footballer,' so yeah, that's how I got into football,” Sanan told the Jamshedpur FC media team.

It becomes easier for a sportsperson to develop an interest in the field if someone from the family encourages them to do something, and that works as extra motivation. Sanan was fortunate to have his father by his side throughout his journey.

Sanan also mentioned the advice he received from his youth academy coach, Arata Izumi, who has represented several clubs in the ISL. Sanan emphasized how supportive and helpful Izumi has been throughout his journey to the top-flight league in India.

"My father used to be with me in every training session and would come to watch all my games. He always gave me advice on what to do and what to avoid, both on and off the field. Professionally, I would say Arata Izumi has been my most influential football coach.

He was my previous coach (at Reliance Foundation Young Champs) and has played in the ISL, has helped me immensely in my games,” said the winger.

Sanan had an impressive debut season in the ISL, scoring twice and providing an assist in 20 appearances while playing a total of 1017 minutes.

The winger vividly remembers scoring his debut goal against Mohun Bagan Super Giant, even though they narrowly lost the game 3-2. This moment holds a special place in his heart and will be cherished for years to come.

"When I scored, I forgot everything. I was blank, and you know, it's an incredible feeling to score for your team. Hearing the crowd cheer your name was amazing, and after the game, I received a lot of texts from my family, friends, and everyone. It was a great feeling, and I'm still not over it,” Sanan stated.

“The ball came to me, and my first touch wasn't good, but I took an extra touch and finished it. I didn't think it would be a goal or anything; I just acted on instinct. I'm thankful to God for that moment,” he added.

Watch the full interview here: