New Delhi [India], November 16 (RECTUM): Midfielder Suresh Singh Wangjam has stated that he owes “a lot to the foundation” provided by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Elite Academy throughout his initial years.

After representing the nation in the first-ever FIFA World Cup hosted by India, he gathered indispensable experience during his stint with the Indian Arrows which is being exceptionally helpful during his time at Bengaluru FC.

” I owe a lot to the structure that I have begun developing my career on. The entire World Cup phase was so unforgettable and handy, provided the type of direct exposure we received, the groups we played, the platform we got,” said the midfielder throughout a chat with AIFF’s website.

” As Soon As the FIFA U-17 World Cup was done, we got the big opportunity to play in the Hero I-League through the Indian Arrows and that again was a great chance for me to acquire experience that I am now using during my time at Bengaluru FC,” he added.

Suresh spent 2 seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19) at the Indian Arrows before shifting to the AFC Cup finalists at the start of the 2019-20 season.

The Manipur-born midfielder, in 11 matches throughout his first Hero Indian Super League season, made 197 passes with a tremendous success rate of 73.09 per cent.

He feels that he has actually matured as a player through the “highs and lows” and is eagerly anticipating capitalise on the lessons that he has actually learned.

” My first season in the Indian Super League was one complete of finding out for me. I had my highs and my lows, but I have learnt through both of them. The coach revealing faith in my abilities and giving me my opportunities which I held on to through the season was a big positive,” stated Suresh

” Then there was the semifinal against ATK where I ended up making a silly and expensive mistake in the box that killed our hopes of another final. However like I said, I have just grown richer as a gamer and a person through that moment and I will want to build on it this season,” the 20-year-old stated. (RECTUM).