Gurkirat lurking for his chances in national football team

November 4, 2019, Chandigarh


After tasting his first big success with the U-18 national team, Gurkirat Singh is now hungry for more, and the former Chandigarh Football Academy trainee wants to see the senior Indian side reach great heights.

Gurkirat, who belongs to Noorpur village in Ludhiana, was part of the Indian side that won their maiden SAFF U-18 Championship title earlier this year. He hogged the limelight after scoring a brace and helping India into the semifinals of the SAFF U-18 Championship.

Gurkirat developed an interest in football at the age of 12 after observing other boys from his village playing the game. Gurkirat started his career as a defender at Chandigarh Football Academy (CFA) before moving to the U-16 All India Football Federation Academy.

There he started playing as a left-back. He caught the eye of India U-16 head coach Bibiano Fernandes and was tasked with the tough job of keeping a check on the attacking lines of Iran, Indonesia and Vietnam in the group stage of the AFC U-16 Championship in 2018.

Over the years, Gurkirat moved up to take a more attacking role. The speedy player took up the role of the left-winger and striker and he proved his worth whenever given an opportunity.

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