FC Goa goalkeeper Dheeraj Singh revealed he wants to become one of the best goalkeepers in India. Although the team had a season to forget, Singh and his qualities between the posts received plaudits. His promise and performances have made him the first-choice goalkeeper. At the age of 21, he became the first player to be named to the AFC Champions League Team of the Tournament.
“I joined FC Goa one and a half years ago, in January 2021. I’ve played over 30 games for Goa since then, including matches in the AFC Champions League and the title-winning Durand Cup last year. So far, my stint at FC Goa has been wonderful,” Dheeraj Singh said about his aspirations to become one of the best goalkeepers in India. “I’ve benefited greatly from the game time and training that I’ve had here. The ACL has been one of my best memories with the club to date. I thought I did well. My stint with FC Goa also opened the doors to the Indian national team. While I’m yet to make my debut for the country, I’m sure that I’ll get my chance soon if I continue doing well for my club.”
“Becoming a mainstay at FC Goa and winning titles such as the ISL, Durand Cup, and Super Cup among others is one of my main objectives right now. Apart from that, I would also like to break into the playing XI for India and become a regular for them as well. In the next five years, I hope to achieve all this and establish myself as one of the best goalkeepers in the country,” he added. “Training with the European clubs was a good experience. The level and intensity were a challenge that I really loved as it was higher than what one might be used to in India. Right now I am completely focused on doing the best for FC Goa. If the right opportunity knocks on my door, that is something any Indian player would look keenly – but right now it’s not my first priority.”