New India senior international midfielder Amarjit Singh Kiyam is still a teenager but already looks back at some rich experience. In the new 2019/20 season he looks forward in playing for Jamshedpur FC in ISL-6.
Representing the national team at various levels, how was the feeling when you were called for the senior team preparatory camp and then picked up for the King’s Cup?
When my name was first included in the list of the Senior team, I could not express my joy with words. I was ecstatic because playing for Senior National Team has been always my dream. At that moment I realized I am very lucky that the coach has given me a chance.
During the camp, I gave my best, whatever I learned, on the ground in every minute I got.
How has been your experience with the Indian Arrows?
Playing for Indian Arrows has been a great learning experience for me. I gained confidence, improved my game experience and game reading while at Arrows. In the leadership aspect too, I have improved a lot; how to maintain the unity of the team, how to fight back when we are losing, keep the players motivated when we are down. Playing in the I League we got to face senior players, experienced players of other top teams. This itself is a great opportunity for us to learn and grow.
I got much more game time playing for Arrows. My present age level requires an adequate amount of playing minutes. More matches is an advantage for my future development.
Share us some memories of playing in the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup?
The time when my parents and my family came far away from home to watch my first FIFA U-17 World Cup match live. Their support, hard work and enthusiasm towards me got partially rewarded watching me play live on the big stage.
Playing in front of 60,000 crowd was an enchanting experience. People shouting and cheering “India, India” from the stands boosted our confidence, inspired us to play at our best. It was really a heartwarming and an unforgettable moment in my footballing journey.
When Jackson scored the first WC goal for India against Colombia it was a very huge moment for all of us. It will be treasured for a lifetime. The instant happiness and celebration of scoring a WC goal is incomparable.
What does the opportunity playing for Jamshedpur FC mean to you in the ISL?
Signing for Jamshedpur FC is indeed very lucky for me; I can say the decision has been my best choice so far. Although I signed a three-year contract, I was loaned back to Indian Arrows and still, they supported me and my family. I would like to show my gratitude for the same to the club.
And when my senior players asked me about my ISL club choice they appreciated my decision. They believed that Jamshedpur FC is the best place for young players like me and they encouraged me.
It’s great that I have joined Jamshedpur FC. When I was not playing for them, they still offered me support all the time and helped me whenever I asked. I would like to give my best on the ground, for JFC.
What are your goals and ambitions from this season?
For this season of ISL as a young player I dream of becoming the champion and lifting the ISL trophy. For the national team, I would like to perform better in the coming matches and gain recognition of fans and people.
Any message to the fans of Jamshedpur FC.
First, I would like to thank each and every JFC fan! I love you all very much. Even if I have not played for the club yet they love me, wish and support me on my matchday.
I watch every match of Jamshedpur FC on TV. Seeing the crowds cheering for the team, I feel like going out and playing. Each match is raising the curve for the club in terms of performance and there is no room for any setback.
And you guys also helped me make the decision to join this club. Please do keep supporting, embracing, and nurturing the club through the good and bad times. Jam Ke Khelo Jamshedpur!