Pritam Singh hangs up boots, moves into coaching

His biggest and sweetest of victories as a professional footballer was when Telekom Melaka won Malaysia Premier League in 2004. He was 19.

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At 19, Pritam Singh tasted his biggest and sweetest of victories as a professional footballer. His team Telekom Melaka won the Malaysia Premier League (M-League).

In the same year, 2004, he was selected for the Malaysia national under-20 team.

“It was a sweet victory. I felt proud to have won a title at19. It motivated me to play more,” he tells Asia Samachar.

Now, 13 years later, Pritam is hanging up his professional boots to move into coaching.

“My personal mission is to share and give my football knowledge back to community and young children,” he said.

He is now coaching at the First International Soccer Academy (FISA) for players between the ages of 8-17.

In August, his brother Baljit Singh Charun announced that he would be making an exit from international hockey.

After a stint with Telekom Melaka, Pritam joined DBKL FC in Malaysia FAM Cup League in 2006-2007. For the next four years, 2008 to 2011, he donned the CIMB FC jersey in the Kuala Lumpur League.

In 2012, he represented Kuala Lumpur FA in the Malaysia Super League and Malaysia FA Cup. In that year, he was also selected to represent Felda United FC in Malaysia Cup.

He then had stints with Team Terengganu FC, Sabah FA and Kuala Lumpur FA in the M-League. In 2016, he joined MK Land FC which topped the Selangor Super League.

How did he get into football? “I started playing at eight and I loved it. I realised that I had talent in football. I was later selected to play for school, then made it to the district and state level teams,” he said.

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