Born on 20 June 1979 in Imphal, Manipur, Potsangbam Renedy Singh is a former Indian Football Team Captain. The prolific midfielder is considered one of the country’s best ever and also one of the most underrated player in the history of Indian Football. Renedy was a brilliant dead ball specialist and had the unique ability to play the ball with both feet.
The TATA Football Academy graduate earned his first national cap at the age of just 19, where he was part of a young team that also had the likes of Bhaichung Bhutia and Sunil Chhetri. He went on to represent India for over 13 years, till 2011.
Renedy has also played for East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, JCT FC, United Sikkim, Shillong Lajong, Kerala Blasters and CSKA Sofia.
“I am glad to be part of the Zinc Football Advisory Board along with Bembem and Shaji. With the kind of infrastructure and training programmes at Zinc Football, they have the potential to be among the best and produce some really exciting talents for Indian Football going ahead.”
Better known as the ‘Durga of Indian Football’, Oinam Bembem Devi is one of the most decorated Indian woman footballer of all time. She is the first Indian footballer to win the highly prestigious Padma Shri award. She is also the second ever Indian woman footballer to win the Arjuna Award.
Born on 4 April 1980 in Imphal, Manipur, Bembem made her debut for the Indian Women’s Football Team at the age of 15. She was, thereafter, handed the armband in 2003. She led the team to a historic triumph at the 11th South Asian Games in Bangladesh in 2010 and also the 2012 SAFF Women’s Championship in Sri Lanka. The icon is now involved in several programmes on spreading awareness about women’s football in India.
“I am excited to be part of the Zinc Football family. The facilities and management at the Zinc Football Academy are really impressive. During our days we didn’t have too many facilities such as this and I am really happy that Vedanta Hindustan Zinc has stepped up for this initiative.”
Born on 3 May, 1972, in Kerala, Shaji Prabhakaran has been a football enthusiast since the age of 8. Shaji is an immensely successful sports management professional with a proven track record in football administration, sports management, sports consulting, sports education and has a rich global experience in managing and implementing numerous football projects in a highly challenging environment with enormous success and impact.
The stalwart started his career as a senior consultant at the Asian Football Confederation in 2017 following his long association with AIFF as Director of Vision and National Teams. Shaji was appointed as the President of Football Delhi in 2017. He is also the Director of Delhi United SC –a Delhi-based I-League football club.
“I have already visited the Zinc Football Academy and was happy by the world-class infrastructure out there. Now I am honoured to be part of this ambitious project as an advisor and together our endeavour will be to take the initiative to greater heights.”