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KFA shines under residential coach James Singson

"James has developed a uniquely thoughtful style of play and a successful system of team management."

ByKaybie Chongloi

Updated 12 Sept 2022, 4:21 pm

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(Photo: IFP)

In view of the opening of the KFA Residential Academy, residential head coach James Singson is being praised for his remarkable achievement in building a successful system of team management.

KFA president Lamminthang Kipgen said that James has developed a uniquely thoughtful style of play and a successful system of team management that has become one of the most respected in the modern game not only in the district but the state as a whole within a short span of five months.

KFA founder Thangboi Kipgen said that his dream of developing football among the youth of Manipur, particularly the Kuki youths, from the grassroots level has begun to sprout under the guidance of James Singson and that he is very happy to have him as the residential coach in the academy.

He also credited James Singson with the success in the grand opening of the KFA.

The brainchild of Thangboi Kipgen, the Kuki Football Academy had scripted the football history of Manipur by successfully conducting a grand Night Football Tournament in 2017 and it is growing in terms of participating teams and prizes as well as it continues to organize the tournament every winter season.

The KFA currently has 45 players/wards in its Residential Academy shining brightly under its Head Coach James Singson.


Born on March 31, 1995, as an ambitious son to Lama Singson and Chingchin Singson in Churachandpur's Hengkot village, James Singson procured the All India Football Federation - D Certificate in coaching in the year 2016 and later procured the UEFA Level -II certificate in coaching.

He served at FC Madras from April 2016 to May 2017 as a grassroots Coach and Assistant Coach of the Under -16 category, which represented the football club at the AIFF U-16 Youth League while he also served as a grassroots and Assistant Coach of the same football club under 13 category from June 2017 to May 2018 which represented the club at the AIFF U-13 Youth League.

Singson was also the Head Coach of Football Club Madras under-13 category from June 2018 to May 2019 which represented the football club at Hero Sub Junior League 2018-19.

He also served as the Head Coach in Black Panther FC Bangalore and Scouting Leader in FC Madras while he was also the Assistant Coach in Falcons Football Club, Budapest Hungary before the Kuki Football Academy roped him in as its residential head coach on April 1, 2022.

The former Budapest Football Club Assistant Coach said that his career objective is to learn like a kid and work like a professional in conjunction with the organization's goals.

A hard-working, dedicated and ambitious football manager with excellent knowledge of football coaching, James Singson said the KFA provides him a platform and a new challenge that entitles him to showcase his leadership skills, motivate others and pass on his enthusiasm in a team environment.


"My passion for football and working as a football coach has allowed me to interact with the public to gauge their perceptions of the beautiful game," James asserted.

"I have been participating in football activities for a few months at the Kuki Football Academy and thoroughly enjoyed every minute and I believe I am ready to progress to the next level", Singson added.

Barely five months after James Singson took charge as the Residential Head Coach of the Kuki Football Academy, two players/wards from the academy have already signed a contract with FC Madras Trust.

Apart from many other achievements by the academy's boys, they are also playing well in the ongoing Len and Sang Trophy 2022 reaching the pre-quarterfinal berth.

With all the commitment, dedication, and hard work, Chief Minister N Biren Singh inaugurated the grand opening of the KFA Residential Academy on September 10 at KFA Residential Campus.

Also Read: LS Trophy 2022: KFA (J) enter QFs as mild scuffle ends second match


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Kaybie Chongloi

Kaybie Chongloi

IFP Correspondent, KANGPOKPI


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