The 18-year-old goalkeeper has done pretty well so far in this season of ISL 2018-19, and now, Dheeraj Singh talks about his success in both the Indian U-17 and the Kerala Blasters squad. He appeared in all three group matches for India in the last FIFA U-17 World Cup. The goalkeeper then moved to Scottish Premiership club Motherwell FC for a brief training stint.
Following his return, Manipur-born Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem joined the ISL side Kerala Blasters ahead of the 2018-19 season. He then replaced Naveen Kumar as the first-choice goalkeeper of the team through his impeccable talent and unmatched dedication to the sport. The newly-appointed Kerala Blasters coach Nelo Vingada now also prefers this youngster.
While talking about his success at an early age, Kerala Blasters goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh said “The first thing that an athlete needs to is to focus and to do the basic things right. It is very simple. Playing in the U-17 World Cup helped me gain a lot of confidence to play at the highest level. It helped me to be a better person.”
He then said “The most important thing for a goalkeeper is to keep things simple, that is the main thing. To focus on what we can do rather worrying about others.” Dheeraj Singh further added “It has been a good experience for me, playing in ISL for the first time. I have learned a lot of positive and negative things. It is a part of the game where, when we look, as a team, we haven’t gone the right way.”
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The goalkeeper said “We lost games and there have been games where we could have won. Can’t do anything but still, the important thing for me is to focus on doing my things correctly,” and then further added “Most of the people said that I am too young. You need to have a strong mentality. I was looking smaller so I put weights on me. After every game, I tried to improve.”
He also talks about the recent unimpressive performance of Kerala Blasters and said “It happens a lot. It is not a good feeling for us when the strikers are not scoring goals. But you can’t have everything going the way you want it to go in life. I focus on my goalkeeping, one goal might kill the game and one save could change the game. It’s very important to stay alert to prevent goals. Despite strikers not scoring goals, we need to stay focused till the last minute.”