Profession: Footballer (forward)
Marital Status: Unmarried
Age: 27 Years
|Kumam Udanta Singh
|Physical Stats & More
|in centimeters- 170 cm
in meters- 1.7 m
in feet & inches- 5’ 7”
|in kilograms- 65 kg
in pounds- 143 lbs
|24 March 2016 against Iran at Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran
|• #15 (India)
• #21 (Bengaluru FC)
|• Bengaluru FC
• Mumbai City FC
• Oxford United
• FC Goa
|• 2014: Tata Football Academy – Best Gentleman Cadet
• 2016: Football Players Association of India (FPAI) – Young Player of the Year
|Date of Birth
|14 June 1996 (Friday)
|Age (as of 2023)
|Source1: Leikai Bishnupur, Manipur, India
Source2: Moirang, Manipur, India
|Relationships & More
|Father- Not known
Mother- Not known
Some Lesser Known Facts About Udanta Singh
- Udanta Singh is an Indian professional footballer, who has been associated with Bengaluru FC from 2014 until 2023. He was famous for his versatility and played in diverse positions including midfielder, attacking midfielder, winger, and forward.
- Udanta, deeply inspired by his uncle Kumam Samson Singh, who played in the I-League, embarked on his football journey driven by unwavering passion. Beginning with spirited street matches in Manipur, Udanta sought to refine his skills by joining the esteemed All-India Manipur Football Association (AMFA).
- It was in 2010, at the tender age of 14, that he seized a remarkable opportunity to showcase his exceptional talent during a trial at the renowned Tata Football Academy, earning him an instant spot in the academy’s prestigious roster.
- The footballer was part of the Jharkhand state football team for the National Games held in Ranchi in 2011 and left an indelible mark in the hearts of football enthusiasts with his enthralling performances. Adding to his illustrious journey, Udanta showcased his talents in renowned tournaments like the Durand Cup, Darjeeling Gold Cup, Saras Gold Cup, and U20 I-League while donning the TFA jersey.
- A testament to his exceptional abilities, Udanta was handpicked to be part of the esteemed TFA team, embarking on a transformative visit to the revered Sheffield United Football Club in the United Kingdom in September 2012. The year 2014 witnessed Udanta’s active involvement in the India U22 National Camp held in Bengaluru, further solidifying his position as a rising star. Reflecting his passion for the sport, Udanta eagerly participated in the All Asia Nike Camp held in Australia in January 2013, where his exceptional talent secured him a coveted spot on the All-Star team.
- Additionally, Udanta had the esteemed privilege of engaging in friendly matches against formidable I-League teams such as East Bengal, Churchill Brothers, Bangalore FC, and Salgaocar FC in both August 2013 and January 2014. During an exposure trip to China, Udanta’s undeniable prowess shone through as he skillfully netted four goals, including a remarkable hat-trick against the China U-16 team in August 2013.
- Two months later, Singh’s talent took centre stage during the AFC U-19 Championship qualification round, where he made significant contributions despite India’s inability to progress further. Furthermore, Udanta’s exceptional performance played an instrumental role in TFA’s triumph in the 2013-14 U-19 I-League, with his remarkable goal-scoring prowess earning him the title of leading scorer, tallying an impressive nine goals.
- After signing a professional contract, Udanta Singh officially became a member of Bengaluru FC, India’s top professional league’s reigning champions, on 15 July 2014.
- On 30 October 2014, Udanta Singh made his debut for Bengaluru FC in the esteemed Durand Cup. Entering the field as a substitute during the second half, Udanta mesmerized spectators as he fearlessly embraced the challenge, showcasing his remarkable skills throughout the entire half, ultimately contributing to Bengaluru FC’s triumphant 2-1 victory over Mohammedan SC. In the same illustrious tournament, Udanta once again graced the pitch as a substitute in the semi-final clash against Salgaocar, demonstrating his unwavering determination by confidently converting his penalty during the ensuing shoot-out. Alas, despite his valiant efforts, Bengaluru FC was dealt a heartbreaking blow, succumbing to a 4-5 loss on penalties.
- Udanta’s inaugural appearance in the highly competitive I-League was on 31 March 2015; he adorned the Bengaluru FC jersey in a resounding 4-1 triumph against Sporting Goa. Taking over the mantle from Sean Rooney as a substitute, Udanta fearlessly seized the opportunity to leave his mark on the game, displaying his exceptional talent and leaving spectators in awe.
- Throughout his debut season in the I-League, Udanta’s dedication and skill propelled him to feature in ten matches for Bengaluru FC, making a profound impact on the team’s performance. Furthermore, he showcased his brilliance in the prestigious AFC Cup, making three appearances and even finding the back of the net with an impressive goal. Udanta’s rise in the world of football was undeniable, as he left an indelible impression through his electrifying performances, garnering admiration and acclaim from fans and critics alike.
- With an impeccable display of his skills, Udanta Singh proved his mettle by assisting captain Sunil Chhetri in securing the winning goal during a riveting AFC Cup group stage encounter against Maldivian side Maziya on 28 April 2015. This remarkable feat not only highlighted his exceptional abilities but also etched his name in history as the youngest Indian player to provide an assist in the prestigious AFC competitions.
- A mere few weeks later, on 12 May 2015, Udanta soared to new heights by achieving yet another significant milestone in his career—a momentous occasion when he scored his maiden goal for Bengaluru FC in a pulsating AFC Cup match against Persipura Jayapura, despite the team’s eventual 3-1 defeat. This remarkable achievement firmly established Udanta as the youngest Indian goal scorer in the illustrious AFC Cup.
- Such impressive performances did not go unnoticed, as Singh’s exceptional contributions led to a well-deserved two-year contract extension, a testament to his unwavering dedication and undeniable talent. As the 2015-2016 I-League season unfolded, Udanta’s remarkable journey continued, exemplified by his ability to find the back of the net once from 12 appearances. Additionally, he played a pivotal role in Bengaluru FC’s participation in the prestigious AFC Cup, featuring in seven challenging matches, although he did not manage to add to his goal-scoring tally. Udanta’s relentless pursuit of excellence and his unyielding commitment to his craft propelled him to new heights, capturing the hearts of fans and leaving an indelible mark on the world of Indian football.
- In a moment of triumph, Udanta Singh relished his first-ever I-League title as Bengaluru FC emerged triumphant, finishing two points ahead of their closest rivals, Mohun Bagan, and securing the coveted trophy. The year 2015 marked another glorious milestone for Udanta as he proudly lifted his first domestic title with Bengaluru FC, basking in the glory of their resounding victory in the 2015 Federation Cup.
- Demonstrating their unwavering faith in his potential, Bengaluru FC made a strategic decision to not include Udanta in the 2015 Indian Super League draft. Instead, they opted to nurture his growth by facilitating a remarkable training stint for him at the esteemed English club, Oxford United, plying their trade in the fiercely competitive League Two. It was under the watchful guidance of manager Michael Appleton that this agile and nimble-footed winger embarked on a transformative journey, undergoing rigorous training for over a week.
- During his time with the English League Two team, Udanta Singh seized an extraordinary opportunity to display his remarkable skills, particularly during a captivating match against the renowned Portuguese football club, Benfica ‘B’. This encounter served as a platform for him to showcase his exceptional talent on an international stage, further solidifying his reputation as a rising star.
- Udanta Singh’s relentless pursuit of excellence and the unwavering support provided by Bengaluru FC propelled him to embrace every opportunity for growth and development. Despite joining Bengaluru FC at the onset of the second season, Udanta’s progress was hindered by an unfortunate injury sustained during a pre-season match. However, his unwavering determination propelled him forward, and he persevered, defying the odds and making a remarkable recovery that ultimately earned him a coveted spot in the squad.
- In 2016, the winger, Udanta Singh, earned a spot on the Indian Under-23 football team for the South Asian Games in Guwahati, India, which took place from 6 February 2016 to 15 February 2016. During the competition, India Under-23 performed well and secured the Silver medal.
- Later, on 24 March 2016, Udanta Singh had the opportunity to debut for the Indian national football team in a match against Iran during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers round held at Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran. Unfortunately, India suffered a disappointing 4-0 defeat against the home team, and Udanta Singh played the entire match. The player couldn’t handle the pressure of his debut match and had a disastrous game. There were high expectations from the fans for his international debut, but he couldn’t turn the game around and failed to contribute to the team’s game plan.
- The 2016-2017 I-League season marked Udanta’s final campaign in the competition as a Bengaluru FC player. Throughout this season, he displayed his prowess on the pitch, showcasing his ability to find the back of the net with three goals from 17 appearances in the league. Moreover, his impact extended beyond the league matches, as he also contributed to the team’s quest for glory in the domestic Cup competitions, making five appearances and scoring one goal. Additionally, Udanta’s journey in the AFC Cup saw him play a significant role, participating in six matches and leaving his mark on the continental stage.
- The footballer, who had been part of the Bengaluru FC team that clinched the I-League Cup in 2016, witnessed another triumph when Bengaluru FC emerged victorious in the Federation Cup the following year. Later, he briefly joined Mumbai City FC on loan during the subsequent year, participating in a solitary match in the 2016 Indian Super League (ISL). This marked the only occasion throughout his nine-year tenure with Bengaluru FC where he went on loan.
- In 2016, Udanta played a significant role in Bengaluru FC’s remarkable journey to the AFC Cup final. Unfortunately, they faced a disappointing 1-0 defeat against Iraq’s Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya, nevertheless etching their name in the annals of history as the first Indian club ever to reach the final of the AFC Cup.
- Upon Bengaluru FC’s entry into the ISL in 2017, the team made the astute decision to retain Udanta, along with their captain Sunil Chettri. Udanta’s remarkable swiftness on the field immediately captured the attention of spectators, and season after season, he exhibited remarkable growth as he seamlessly transitioned from the I-League to the ISL, thus amplifying his attacking abilities.
- In the inaugural ISL season for the Blues, Udanta notched up a goal and contributed with seven assists, propelling Bengaluru FC to a commendable runners-up position. In the subsequent season, Udanta played an instrumental role in Bengaluru FC’s triumphant campaign, as they clinched the ISL trophy. Demonstrating his mettle in the absence of Miku, who was sidelined due to injury, Udanta showcased his prowess by scoring five goals and delivering three assists.
- Displaying captivating brilliance, the winger captivated the audience and swiftly rose to become one of the beloved players amongst the fans. Following the title-winning 2018-2019 season for Bengaluru FC, regrettably, Udanta encountered difficulties in replicating that remarkable form, mustering merely six goals and three assists from a total of 72 appearances encompassing the ISL and AFC Cup.
- Although the versatile winger delivered remarkable performances for the Indian national team, he couldn’t achieve the same level of success as he did at the junior level. His progress was hindered by the limited number of matches played by the Indian team, as he only got to participate in eight matches from March 2016 to 2017.
- The 2018 Intercontinental Cup, also known as the 2018 Hero Intercontinental Cup, held at the Mumbai Football Arena, was the first significant international tournament he represented the Indian national football team. It turned out to be an important milestone for him in his international football career.
- On 1 June 2018, during the opening group stage match of the tournament, he achieved his first-ever international goal while playing against the Chinese Taipei national football team. This helped his team secure a resounding 5-0 triumph. Throughout the competition, the winger showcased his skills and played in all four matches.
- In an incredible achievement, India emerged victorious in the final against Kenya, securing a remarkable 2-0 victory and claiming the prestigious trophy. Singh continued to be part of the Indian national football team for the 2019 King’s Cup, which was organized by the Football Association of Thailand. The tournament took place in Buriram, Thailand, from 5 June 2019 to 8 June 2019. India performed well and finished in third place, defeating Thailand in the third-place playoff match.
- In 2021, he got selected for the Indian national football team’s squad in the South Asian Football Federation Championship (SAFF Cup). The team worked hard and defeated Nepal in the final and lifted the prestigious Cup.
- Later, the player found himself slipping down the pecking order, often utilized as a peripheral player. Nonetheless, he remained an adored figure among the loyal fanbase, their unwavering support ever-present. In anticipation of the 2020-2021 ISL season, the winger revealed that he extended his contract with the club, binding him for an additional three years until the culmination of the 2023-2024 season.
- Throughout his tenure at Bengaluru, he made invaluable contributions to the team’s triumphs, clinching numerous illustrious trophies, such as the I-League, Super Cup, Federation Cup, and Super League championships. Across a remarkable span of 201 matches for the club, Udanta orchestrated 22 goals and provided 22 assists, firmly establishing himself as an indispensable element of the squad. His presence undeniably played a pivotal role in propelling Bengaluru FC to grandeur, both domestically and on the international stage.
- In 2023, after meticulous consideration, he resolved not to prolong his association with Bengaluru FC beyond the culmination of the 2022-2023 season; he was associated with the club for nine seasons between 2014 and 2023. This pivotal decision garnered considerable attention, with numerous clubs in the ISL, including East Bengal and Kerala Blasters, expressing their interest in securing his services. It was widely reported that Udanta has signed a pre-contract with FC Goa for a span of three seasons, and marked a new chapter in his footballing journey.
- Bestowed with the nickname ‘The Flash’ by ardent supporters of Bengaluru FC, the footballer earned such a moniker by his awe-inspiring speed displayed on the right wing. His lightning-quick sprints, proved to be an invaluable asset for both the Blue Tigers and Bengaluru FC, leaving an indelible mark on the pitch.
- During an interview, Singh graciously recounted his bond with the Indian football captain, Sunil Chhetri, revealing their mentor-protégé dynamic and recounting several cherished moments together. Reflecting on his debut international match against Iran, the winger expressed gratitude for Chhetri’s vigilant guidance, emphasizing the importance of composure and effective utilization of his strengths while delighting in the game.
- Singh attributed his significant growth as a professional footballer to Chhetri’s unwavering encouragement. Furthermore, he praised the captain’s exceptional quality of maintaining open lines of communication with every member of the team. Singh fondly recalled one particular moment on the field with Chhetri that holds a special place in his heart – the occasion when Sunil masterfully netted a goal against Myanmar, with a precise pass from Singh himself. This treasured memory symbolized not only their shared success but also the profound camaraderie they nurtured as teammates.
- After playing his last match for Bengaluru FC in the Indian Super League, Udanta and Chhetri were spotted having an emotional conversation. The player became emotional and couldn’t hold back his feelings as he said goodbye to his long-time captain and mentor. A video of their post-match interaction became widely popular on social media and touched the hearts of the fans.
- During an interview, the footballer candidly shared a glimpse into his personal life, unveiling his passionate fandom for the renowned video game series, PUBG: Battlegrounds. However, he made a noteworthy revelation, disclosing that he eventually decided to step away from the game. Explaining his rationale, he emphasized that as a professional footballer, his greatest attribute lies in his unwavering patience, which he recognized as a crucial strength for his sporting career.
- Recalling his formative days at the esteemed Tata Football Academy, he fondly reminisced about the transformative experience that altered not only his professional trajectory but also his personal growth. He attributed his remarkable achievements to the remarkable training programs and top-notch facilities provided by the institute. Grateful for the pivotal role played by the TFA, he dedicated his success to its influence. As a testament to his character, he was bestowed with the esteemed title of “Best Gentleman Cadet” during his tenure at the academy, further highlighting his exceptional qualities both on and off the field.
- In 2023, he was chosen to be part of the Indian national football team for the 2023 SAFF Championship. On 21st June 2023, during the group stage match against Pakistan, he scored his second international goal in a stellar 4-0 victory.
- Later, during the semi-final match against Lebanon, he started as a substitute in the 90th minute, as the regular time ended without any goals scored. The match moved into a penalty shootout since neither team could secure a winning goal during extra time. In the penalty shootout, he took the fourth penalty and successfully converted it, leading India to a 4-2 victory and helping the team advance to the final.