Former India international Gouramangi Singh joins FC Goa as assistant coach
– Goa, July 13, 2022 –
Gouramangi Singh, former India international
Gouramangi Singh is the latest addition to FC Goa’s first-team coaching staff following his appointment as assistant coach, the club can officially confirm.
“I am delighted to join FC Goa. Knowing the Club and the quality of their game is a big step in the right direction as far as my coaching career is concerned. Goa is like a second home to me, having played in the state for several years. It really feels good to be back,” Singh told fcgoa.in after signing on the dotted line.
“I spoke with Ravi (Puskur, director of football) and Carlos Pena (head coach) who gave me a clear idea of the club’s project. I was able to connect well with them which made it quite easy for me to decide to join FC Goa.
“I played my very first ISL match against the Gaurs, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda. The stadium has a fantastic atmosphere and the fans love the Club, and I experienced that as an opponent. And now I am looking forward to start working with FC Goa and hope to contribute positively to the development of the Club.
Ravi Puskur, the club’s director of football, also expressed his delight at Gouramangi Singh’s appointment.
“Gouramangi is a well-known name in Indian football that needs no introduction. In our club philosophy, we have always sought to promote promising coaching talents as part of individual development on which we we focus, and Gouramangi is no exception to that,” he said.
“The head coach and I spoke to him in detail and we felt he would be a good cultural and coaching fit for the team. His vast experience in Indian football in various roles will be a great asset to the team. head coach’s backroom staff and I’m sure with his addition the players on the team will also benefit from his presence and playing experience.”
A legendary figure in Indian football
A product of Tata Football Academy, Gouramangi Singh has played for some of the biggest football clubs in the country during his 15-year career. He is also one of India’s most decorated footballers since the turn of the millennium, having won almost every club trophy in India.
At Dempo SC, Singh won the National Football League (NFL) and the Federation Cup in the 2004-05 season. The following year, he repeated the feat with Mahindra United. Between 2007 and 2012, the central defender played for Churchill Brothers, with whom he won an I-League (2008-09), two IFA Shields (2009 and 2011) and two Durand Cups (2009 and 2011). He was also voted the I-League’s best defender in their title-winning season.
In 2010, Gouramangi Singh was named the AIFF’s Best Men’s Player of the Year. Four years later, he made his ISL debut with Chennaiyin FC.
The Manipur-based footballer was also part of one of the most successful Indian national teams in recent history, winning the Nehru Cup twice (2007 and 2009), as well as the AFC Challenge Cup and SAFF Cup in 2008. Overall, he amassed over 70 appearances for the Blue Tigers.
In 2018, Singh turned to full-time coaching after hanging up his boots. An AIFF A license holder since 2019, the 36-year-old has worked as an assistant manager for Bengaluru United for the past three seasons.
He was instrumental in FCBU’s back-to-back successes in the BDFA Super Division League, where they won the title in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons by beating players like Bengaluru FC. With him in the coaching staff, the club also reached the semi-finals of their maiden Durand Cup campaign last year.
*This information was submitted to e-pao.net by Vikas Singh (Life Purple) who can be contacted at vikash (AT)lifespurple (DOT)com This article was first webcast on July 15, 2022.