Jeakson Singh has etched his name in the history books of Indian football forever as he scored India’s first ever goal in a FIFA competition.
The midfielder’s towering header from a Sanjeev Stalin corner-kick found the back of the net in the 82nd minute against Colombia. His header sent fans into raptures as emotions reached a crescendo.
The 16-year-old from Manipur is the defensive midfielder in Luis Norton's India U-17 team at the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017. A cousin of fellow teammate Amarjit Kiyam, Jeakson started out at the Chandigarh Football Academy and later joined up with the Minerva Punjab Academy.
He played for the Punjab-based club in their senior team and he is the only player in the 21-member India U-17 squad who can claim senior team experience at an Indian football club.
His historic goal, however, wasn't enough to seal a point for India as Colombia pounced immediately after the equalizer to catch the Indian defence off guard. Juan Penaloza scored his second goal of the day to hugely dim India's chances at knockout round progression. Despite the result, Indian football fans now have tasted a football flavour to savour.