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Jackson Singh: A vegetable vendor’s son who made it to India’s U-17 Football World Cup team

Jackson Singh: A vegetable vendor’s son who made it to India’s U-17 Football World Cup team

Jeakson Singh Thounaojam (born 21 June 2001) is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Indian Arrows in the I-League on loan from Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League. He scored India’s first ever goal in a FIFA tournament, by scoring against Colombia in the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Career

Born in Manipur, Thounaojam was part of the Minerva Punjab youth team. After the FIFA U-17 World Cup, Thounaojam was selected to play for the Indian Arrows, an All India Football Federation owned team that would consist of India under-20 players to give them playing time, on loan from Minerva Punjab. He made his professional debut for the side in the Arrow’s first match of the season against Chennai City. He started and played 90 minutes as Indian Arrows won 3–0.

International

Thounaojam represented the India under-17 side which participated in the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup which was hosted in India. In India’s second match of the tournament, on 9 October 2017 against Colombia, he scored India’s first ever goal in a FIFA tournament ever. His 82nd minute header from a corner was the equaliser for India but the team soon conceded again, a minute later, and went on to be defeated 2–1.

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