29. Longjam Gobin Singh

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When Longjam Gobin Singh was just 16 years of age, he suffered a horrific career threatening injury when he injured his left knee while playing for the Mohun Bagan SAIL Academy. He was side-lined for at least 6 months and thereafter, when he was set free by Mohun Bagan, his future, harshly enough, looked bleak.

However, that didn’t deter Gobin from following his dreams, as put in tremendous hard work and discipline to get back on track. His sheer determination and commitment to perform has led him to the senior Pune FC team today!

Born in Laitonjam, Manipur, this attacking left-back started playing football when he was 13.  His uncle, who played for the Manipur Services, helped him enrol in the Regular Academy Coaching in Imphal, where he was selected after a trial. Here, he was however used more as a right sided winger and he played in that position for the Nambol Junior Higher Secondary School in the Under-17 District Tournament. Singh’s career kept progressing and in due course was spotted by Maniratnam in 2008, who converted him into a left-back and referred him to Mohun Bagan.

The Manipuri then joined the Kolkata Mohun Bagan SAIL Academy in 2008 and represented the club at several tournaments like the Gold Cup and the Independence Cup in 2008 and even won the latter with the club. His flourishing career was then brought to a grinding halt due to the injury but Gobin fought back and overcoming the odds he then joined a local Manipuri club called Turjpu FC. At Turjpu, Gobin played in the State League in 2010.

Gobin’s performances in the trials earned him a place in the first batch of the Peninsula Pune FC Academy. Since then, has been an important player for the team winning back-to-back Under-20 I-League titles.

Gobin, a big fan of David Beckham, saw his dream come true after he was promoted to the senior team for the 2013-14 season.

Highlighting the important aspects of the game as hard work, stamina and skill sets, Gobin, who idolizes Patrice Evra, hopes to go a long way in his career and one day play for the Indian national team. Apart from football, Gobin is a big fan of lawn tennis and in his free time, he likes to read Manipuri magazines and also listen to folk music.


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