4/2/2018 11:20:46 PM (GMT+3)

Ghosh turns out to be 'sanjivani' for Jamshedpur FC

Ghosh turns out to be

Calcutta, India: Sanjiban Ghosh turned out to be sanjivani for Jamshedpur FC when the Bengal-born goalkeeper saved a crucial last shot against I-League champions Minerva Punjab to guide them into the Super Cup quarterfinals in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, on Monday evening.

Sanjiban, who stopped Bali Gagandeep’s spot-kick, started as a 10-year-old when he would play without shoes in his native Andul, 20km from the state capital.  

His and performance and excellent saves is sure to give coach Steve Coppell a selection headache after he was chosen ahead of seasoned campaigners and his idol Subrara Paul and Rafique Ali.

The 26-year-old didn’t disappoint and proved that he has the safe pair of hands in crunch situations.

With an ambition to become a goalkeeper, the youngster reached Calcutta, where Sanjiban was enrolled at the Sir Dukhiram Majumder Coaching Centre as a 14-year-old.

Three years at the camp polished his skills and he was ready for bigger challenge after he was selected by Southern Samity before he travelled to Mumbai and got through the Mumbai FC trials.

“Khalidbhai had noticed me while I was playing in Samity. I had heard about the Mumbai trials which I attended and I was selected,” said Sanjiban, who played for Delhi Dynamos on loan in 2015 and 2016.

He played an important role in the Southern Samity’s triumph in second tier league before moving to Mumbai in 2011.

After spending two seasons with Delhi, Sanjiban was selected in the 10th round of the 2017-18 ISL Players Draft by Jamshedpur.