The beautiful game
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.”