Potsangbam Renedy Singh is a former Indian footballer. Renedy was born on 20 June 1979 in Imphal, Manipur. He played as a left midfielder and is regarded one of India’s best ever and most underrated midfielders.
Renedy is a good free kick taker, and is also excellent at delivering the ball into the box from set-pieces and the wings. He had the ability to cross with both feet.
Renedy Singh started playing football in Sekmai, Manipur, which is a very famous football hub. At just 17 years of age, Renedy signed his first professional contract for East Bengal in 1997, but had joined Mohun Bagan before.
He played his youth career there before joining Mohun Bagan and was a part of the Tata Football Academy that has produced many talents.
Two years after signing his professional contract, Renedy earned a call-up to the national team at the age of just 19 in 1998.
He was a part of a young team that consisted of talents like Sunil Chettri and Baichung Bhutia.
His composure in midfield and his free kick abilities made him one of the hottest talents in India.
Renedy has represented the following teams - India, Tata FA Jamshedpur, East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, JCT FC, United Sikkim, Shillong Lajong, Kerala Blasters, and CSKA Sofia.
Renedy Singh made his international debut in 1998, at the age of 19. He would go on to play for the national team for over 13 years, till 2011.
Renedy’s club debut came in 1997, when he signed a professional contract for Calcutta-based East Bengal Club.
He had been a part of the Mohun Bagan team before his career at East Bengal began. His stay in Bengal was extended when he joined Mohun Bagan in 2000.
Rise to Glory
Renedy Singh was a regular feature for the Indian team for over a decade. He debuted in 1998, and played a crucial role as a midfielder till 2011. A career that has been plagued by injuries, Renedy’s only soothing remedy was the regular selection for the national team in spite of the dip in form in his club career.
Renedy is remembered for his exquisite curling effort from a free kick against Syria in the 2009 Nehru Cup final. He played important roles in the 2007 Nehru Cup and also the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup.
His efforts from long-range and his impressive crossing abilities made him a mainstay in the Indian squad for a long time. He was India’s top scorer in the 2006 World Cup qualification rounds with 3 goals.
Renedy is said to be one of India’s most underrated players. Current Indian captain Sunil Chhetri once said that Renedy is India’s best ever midfielder. He is from a region where football is a religion, and has given birth to many talents who have helped Indian football rise.
Renedy Singh’s club career began at East Bengal, where played his youth career for over three years before joining Mohun Bagan in 2000. Before playing for East Bengal, Renedy had played for a year at Mohun Bagan. He won the league and the Confederation Cup with them in his second season in 2001-02. He made 78 appearances for the club, scoring 7 goals in total.
In the 2004/05 season, Renedy went to play for Chirag United SC, which was then known as EverReady Association. He made 44 appearances for them and scored just a single goal.
From 2005 to 2008, Renedy played for Punjabi club JCT FC, and was Sunil Chhetri’s teammate at that time. He played 31 games for the Punjabi heavyweights and scored one goal in over three seasons. At the end of 2008, Renedy returned to East Bengal where he would not play a crucial role, starting less and less matches owing to injury problems.
Renedy then on played single seasons for Baichung Bhutia’s United Sikkim, Shillong Lajong and Kerala Blasters. He made a total of 29 appearances in three seasons and scored 2 goals, both of which came for United Sikkim.
In 2015, Renedy became the first ever Indian player to get into the Bulgarian league when he signed for heavyweights CSKA Sofia on loan from Kerala Blasters. But due to his injuries, he failed to make even a single appearance, and his career ended there.
Renedy Singh hung up his boots on 1 July 2015 after a glittering national career which spanned 13 years.
Renedy Singh: The most underrated Indian player from the last decade
Renedy Singh’s journey to Bulgarian heavyweight club CSKA Sofia started almost two decades ago – from being a member of the second batch of graduates of the elite Tata Football Academy in the year 1996