Jammu, A 19-yr-old footballer from Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir has made it into the FC Mumbai.
Jatinder Singh from Barwal village of Kathua district becomes the first footballer from the district to get selected for Second Div I-league team of Oranje FC, Mumbai.
As per information received here, it is one of the only eight teams to play Second Div I-league this season, slated to kick-off next week and is also the current MDFA, Mumbai Elite League Champion.
The footballer signed the first professional contract with Oranje FC beginning his professional journey.
In a telephonic conversation from Mumbai, Singh recalled the time he put in on the field to work hard for such an opportunity.
The journey of a footballer started from a Kathua based club and academy named FC United Kathua, under the guidance of Rajinder Singh Bhadwal.
After getting his basic football training in Kathua, he joined Param FC, a club from Jammu but based in Hiranagar, Kathua, wherein he focussed more on his technical and tactical improvements under the guidance of Arun Paul Singh– “C License”, the note issued here on Sunday read.
It further read that he had AIFF Youth league exposure at Jammu United FC, Jammu and Real Kashmir FC, Srinagar.
He also thanked his mentor, Arun Malhotra Former India Football and Technical Member, All India Football Federation for his continued support and guidance.
“Jammu and Kashmir has immense talent and right channelising can surely earn such feats to our athletes,” he expressed.
Singh has signed a 17 month contract with Oranje FC covering the next two football seasons.
President and other members of newly elected DFA Kathua showed their pleasure towards this development and congratulated him on his fantastic achievement.