When I think of KBFC defence what comes to my mind is Sandesh jhinan and when you say Sandesh Jhingam what comes to my mind KBFC. It is because, the only club he played in ISL is Kerala Blasters. And from the first season he is the fan favourite and I believe it will remain the same until at least 2020.
Sandesh J was born in Chandigarh on 21 July 1993. At a very young age he received football training from St. Stephan’s academy. While with the academy he helped his team reach the south east asian finals in the Manchester United premier cup. He also represented Chandigarh state Under-19 team that won BC Roy trophy.
His impressive performance made united Sikkim sign him in december 2011. He continued in the club till the 2012-13 season.
In 2012 Jhingan received an offer from dempo which he rejected to play in ISL. He played for Mumbai for the 2013-14 season.
In 2014 Kerala Blasters bought him in the domestic players draft. He didn’t play in the first match. But he was given chance in the second match. From then he went on to play in all the matches of the season and helped KBFC to reach finals. He was just 21 years old then. His performance in ISL earned him the emerging player of the league award. He also became a fan favourite.
In 2015 KBFC retained SJ. He was paid more than one crore for the season making him the most expensive Indian player of the season. That year he performed well but KBFC ended the season at the bottom of the table.
In 2016 Jingam was again retained by the KBFC management. KBFC had a strong defender line-up in the season. He played a crucial role in KBFC reaching the finals. He earned praises from everywhere for his performance. This also increased his fan following in Kerala.
Meanwhile, he made debut in the Indian national team in 2015 and since then he is regular in the team. Recently, he is given captaincy of the Indian national team. He has so far scored 4 goals for India from his 16 appearances.
All these impressive performances and fan support from Kerala made KBFC management sign him again. This time the fc signed him for a 3 year deal for 1.28 cr inr per year. This would keep Jhingam in KBFC till 2020.
I am happy that I can see him playing for KBFC at least for the next 3 seasons. And I wish him all the best for his upcoming ISL season.