India’s "First Goalscorer" In Indian Football
The first Goal in the FIFA World Cup U-17 was marked by Jeakson Singh. He has etched his name in the history books of Indian football forever as he scored India’s first ever goal in a FIFA competition.
The midfielder’s towering header from a Sanjeev Stalin corner-kick found the back of the net in the 82nd minute against Colombia. His header sent fans into raptures as emotions reached a crescendo.
In the 82nd minute of India's World Cup game against Colombia, Jeakson leaped off the turf and into Indian sporting history. Rearing his six-foot two-inch frame as high as it could get off the pitch at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, he rose over the Colombian defence to meet team-mate Sanjiv Stalin's corner kick, and sent the ball rocketing into the net for India's first ever goal at a FIFA World Cup.The moment when it happened was scarcely believable. Spectators, tens of thousands strong, including Jeakson's father, launched themselves off their seats. India's coach Louis Matos threw his arms out in the air. Jeakson was mobbed by his team-mates led by captain Amarjit Singh, the neighbor with whom he had first kicked around a ball in the village of Haokhao near Imphal a decade ago. The team congealed into a huddle if only for a second or two. Jeakson looked skyward and then jogged back to this place in the Indian half.
Who is Jeakson Singh?
Jeakson Singh hails from Manipur but is fluent in Punjabi. He spent his formative years in Chandigarh at the Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA), nearly 2700 kms away from his hometown. The teenager was just 11-year-old when he left his hometown in Thoubal district to travel all the way to Chandigarh to work on his football education. Jeakson is a defensive midfielder by position and his early introduction to the sport came from his father who was a coach. It was his elder brother who recommended the youngster towards the direction of the CFA due to its high-level coaching.The 16-year-old from Manipur is the defensive midfielder in Luis Norton's India U-17 team at the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017. A cousin of fellow teammate Amarjit Kiyam, Jeakson started out at the Chandigarh Football Academy and later joined up with the Minerva Punjab Academy. He played for the Punjab-based club in their senior team and he is the only player in the 21-member India U-17 squad who can claim senior team experience at an Indian football club.
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The confident lad has another feather in his cap and it will be one he will cherish for his lifetime, along with a nation.