Indian Football

Maheson Singh thanks former India youth coach Bibiano Fernandes for trusting him

Arjun Singh Devgan
Bibiano Fernandes has made a lot of footballing careers in India
Bibiano Fernandes has made a lot of footballing careers in India / AIFF

RoundGlass Punjab FC youngster, Maheson Singh Tongbram has enjoyed a brilliant time on the pitch for the club in the I-League this season, impressing for the club ever since breaking into the main squad and he has thanked his former national team youth coach Bibiano Fernandes for his success.

Tongbram has enjoyed great exposure in junior football, winning the SAFF U-15 Championship in 2019 while also topping the AFC U-16 qualifiers group in Uzbekistan. The 17-year-old recently opened up on his experiences of playing in the youth setup, and also reserved special praise for former coach Bibiano Fernandes, who showed faith in his abilities.

“Being part of the junior national teams’ setup was an amazing experience. Representing my country and winning trophies was a special feeling for me. We got the opportunity to face several top-level teams from different parts of the world, and gain valuable exposure, which has played an important role in my development," he said as quoted by AIFF's official website.

"The experience also taught me the value of discipline from a very young age and the importance of training and eating right. I am thankful to coach Bibiano Fernandes and the entire team of staff and players, who helped me a lot," Tongbram added.

RoundGlass Punjab FC are enjoying a successful season this time around, having risen to third place in the league table and the youngster admitted that he is relishing the chance to play under new head coach Ed Engelkes.

“Our coach likes to play an attacking brand of football and as an attacking midfieder myself, I try my best to supply quality passes to my forwards as well as score some goals myself. My relationship with the coach is quite good and I have been learning a lot from him.”

Hailing from Manipur, the midfielder is just at the start of his career and there is no doubt that India have a gem on their hands and one can only hope that he lives up to his potential and star for the country in the future.