The beau­ti­ful game

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HE is the scion of a fam­ily that’s been as­so­ci­ated with sports for decades, but even so when young Soboker and Cathe­dral school alum­nus Sid­dharth, son of Anil Singh of ProCam, achieved what ap­pears to be ev­ery boy’s dream: that of be­ing signed on to play in a pres­ti­gious foot­ball league, it was cause for con­sid­er­able ju­bi­la­tion amongst his friends and peers. Singh has been drafted by Jamshed­pur FC, a debu­tant team owned by the Tata group, for the fourth edi­tion of the In­dian Su­per League.

“I have fol­lowed a very un­con­ven­tional route to get here, but nonethe­less it’s al­ways been a dream to play and fur­ther­more make my way into the na­tional team, says the young sports­man.

“I played for the univer­sity of Not­ting­ham for three years where I was an un­der­grad un­der the highly re­puted coach Gary Charles, which saw me play a sea­son in the state league 1 of Mel­bourne for a team called Man­ning­ham United blues. All this was to gain in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure so that I could put that ex­pe­ri­ence to use once I played in In­dia,” he says, adding, “I had also had a train­ing stint in a top divi­sion Moldovan FC Zim­bru be­fore my sea­son in Mel­bourne.” Need­less to say when there’s a foot­ball star can a foot­ball mom be far be­hind? “He has al­ways been com­mit­ted, pas­sion­ate, and un­wa­ver­ing in his aim to be a foot­baller and play for his coun­try,” says his proud mother Anita Singh. “As a par­ent I just stood by him watch­ing his strug­gles, en­cour­ag­ing him to fol­low his dreams. As a child his big­gest high was to be out there on the foot­ball field.”


Sid­dharth Singh

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