Othallo Tabia is one of the pillars of the club. Now in his fifth season at the club, he is considered as the epitome of consistency. He has a unique distinction of achieving a ‘grand double’, a feat many players yearn to be a part of all their life.
Born in Trivandrum, Kerala, Othallo, like many kids in the state started playing beach football with his friends when he was around 13 years old. He idolizes French playmaker Zinedine Zidane, but unlike his hero he plays as a defender, predominantly at the right.
Othallo is known for his versatility and solid performances. He also has proven his strength of character as he successfully came back from a career threatening injury refusing to be give in.
After representing his University, he went for trials at Mahindra United where he signed his first professional contract. He stayed at the club for 3 years and then moved back to Kerala, playing for his hometown club, Viva Kerala for a year.
The hard working defender rightfully earned a move to Pune FC in 2009 helping the club gain promotion from the 2nd division to the I-League.
At Pune FC, he has been a part of the team which achieved top-5 finishes in the I-League for four seasons in a row. He also featured in the match against the Premier League side, Blackburn Rovers. Owing to his consistency and commitment, Tabia also has had the honour of captaining this Pune FC side in a 6-0 win over Air India.
Othallo, the workaholic, believes that the most important attribute in any footballer is hard work. And true to his beliefs, he won the ‘Pune FC Best Trained Player of The Year’ in 2012.
Highlighting achievements on the football field as the most crucial part in a footballer’s life, Othallo hopes to be remembered for his achievements after his retirement from the beautiful game.