Telem Jackichand Singh is an Indian professional footballer, born on 17 March 1992 in Manipur India. Fondly known as Jackie by his teammates, he is right footed and plays as a midfielder, being most effective as a winger.
Jackichand currently plays for Kerala Blasters in the Indian Super League.
Coming from a very humble and poor family, Jacki started playing football for money to keep fighting against his poverty.
After playing, Manipur teenagers used to leave their ball at Jacki’s tea stall and he used to play with it, trying to copy and follow their skills. He also learned the basics of football from Lokendra Singh, who was a coach in his village.
Jackichand moved to Shillong to join the Army Academy and was helped a great deal by the coach there. He was offered a move to Shillong based I-League Club Royal Wahingdoh F.C., which became a turning point of his career.
Jackichand made his professional debut for Wahingdoh on 19 September 2011, in a Federation Cup match against Churchill Brothers. He scored his first professional goal in the 53rd minute of the match, helping Wahingdoh win the game 2-1.
The senior national team debut for Jacki came on 12 March 2015 against Nepal, as a substitute for Lalrindika Ralte.
Rise to Glory
Jackichand was an integral part of Wahingdoh F.C. and helped them in promotion from second to first division in the I-league.
Following his impressive run of form in the I-League, Jacki was auctioned to FC Pune City in the 2015 Indian Super League. He scored the second fastest goal in the history of ISL against Atlético de Kolkata.
In late 2015, Jacki was loaned off to Salgaocar as Wahingdoh withdrew from the I-League for 2015-16 season. He then joined East Bengal on a loan and appeared for seven matches in the I- league.
He joined Mumbai FC for the 2016 ISL and became a part of Kerala Blasters a year later for the 2017-18 ISL.
Though Jackichand could only manage a few goals in the I-League and ISL so far, there is no doubt that he has grown as a player and has had massive experience by training with foreign players with inclusion in the Indian Super League.