Rapid Udanta happy assisting BFC's success

From playing in the streets of Moirang, in Manipur, the winger has seen a rapid rise, to become an integral set-up in one of India's leading football clubs.

A file photo of Udanta Singh in action against Neroca FC in the Super Cup.   -  Biswaranjan Rout

In March, youngster Udanta Singh endured a sleepless night after the loss to Chennaiyin FC in the Indian Super League (ISL) final. However, the following day, it was back to business for him and his Bengaluru FC team-mates.

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"It was hard luck for us. In the dressing room, everybody left each other on their own. Nevertheless, we rise up again, and now, we are in another final," says the 21-year old, Udanta.

From playing in the streets of Moirang, in Manipur, the winger has seen a rapid rise, to become an integral set-up in one of India's leading football clubs.

Udanta Singh’s exploits during the ISL, where he notched seven assists, has managers paying extra attention to stop him.   -  Biswaranjan Rout

Udanta's exploits during the ISL, where he notched seven assists, has managers paying extra attention to stop him. Nevertheless, that hasn't stopped him from adding three more to his tally, during the ongoing Super Cup. "My performances in the ISL has people talking about my game," Udanta tells Sportstar.

On Tuesday, after being kept relatively quiet for most of the first half, Udanta managed to squeeze behind the Mohun Bagan defence before squaring the ball into Miku for Bengaluru's equaliser. From there on, the Blues pulled off a stunning 4-2 win in the semifinal.

"At half-time, the coach (Albert Roca) asked us to show the character as players and what we wanted on the field. We didn't think we would win 4-2, but we felt we could win, maybe a 2-1 scoreline," he says.

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Udanta forms a part of the attacking trio of Miku and skipper Sunil Chhetri. On his understanding with the Venezuelan striker, he says, "The coach tells me that I have the speed on this team and I am to find space, whenever Miku has the ball. When I pass it to him, I know he will find me again."

While Miku and Chhetri have a combined 37 goals to their names this season, Udanta has only managed two so far. However, goal scoring isn't a concern for the India international, at the moment. "I don't think about it, I am happy with the assists," he signs off.