Alvin Singh: recovered and ready for Fiji

One of the most promising players from Fiji in the 2000s, Alvin Singh had a meteoric rise on his career as he debuted for Fiji National Football Team when he was just 20 years old. Playing in Australia since 2017, the 31-year-old defender keeps playing football and looking for another opportunity in the National Team.

Alvin Singh had many memorable moments for clubs and national team throughout his football career. Born in 1988, the Fijian defender had an outstanding performance in the 2007 OFC U19 Championship when his country finished the tournament in the second position. It was just the beginning of his success: playing for Ba, Alvin felt the taste of the glory many times by winning local tournaments but it was not enough – he wanted the world.

His great appearences for Ba took him to another level as he signed with Hekari United from Papua New Guinea in 2010. He was part of the squad that played FIFA Club World Cup that year and he was in the starting eleven that faced Al-Wahda from United Arab Emirates – “We lost by 3-0 but we had our moments in the match. We had a great experience,” said Alvin.

Alvin Singh (number 25) with Hekari United’s starting eleven in 2010 FIFA Club World Cup

Before moving overseas he was already a highlighted player in his homeland. He made his official debut for Fiji National Football Team at senior level in 2008 when he came from the bench to replace Pita Bolatoga in a 2-0 win against Vanuatu in the OFC Nations Cup. His first ever appearence in Fiji’s starting eleven was in one of the most important moments of Fijian football’s history – the 2-0 win against New Zealand.

However his time was yet to come. Alvin was named to represent Fiji in 2016 Olympics that was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was Fiji’s first big exposure to international football as they have never played in such level before – “We had the time of our lives playing against South Korea, Germany and defending champions Mexico […] We were an amateur team playing against professionals,” he pointed. They did not win any match but they managed to score one goal against 2012 Olympics champions Mexico and it is going to be remembered forever.

Singh (left) against Mexico in 2016 Olympics

Singh has never played for the Bula Boys again. His last match was the 10-0 loss against Germany in the Olympics. He was called to represent his country in the upcoming years but he was not able to play due to club commitments and an ACL injury that he suffered in 2018.

Currently playing for Mount Druitt Town Rangers, a football team from Sydney that plays the Premier League New South Wales – one of the football leagues that compose Australian National Premier Leagues system, he has recovered his level after coming back from an ACL injury that he suffered in 2018. He spent some time with Rangers’ U20 to get back to fitness but he has already managed to return to the first squad to help his team – “It was a tough time but I did my best,” he pointed.

Recovered from injury, the defender expresses his desire to represent the Bula Boys again – “If called then I would love to,” he explained. Singh could be a good addition for Fiji in 2020 OFC Nations Cup that will be held in New Zealand in June.

It could be a good opportunity for Singh to play alongside with his best friend Roy Krishna for one more time. Singh recently travelled to India just to watch his best friend playing in the 2019-20 Indian Super League. Alvin and Roy are close friends and played together for a long time – “We are very close […] We started playing together since the U20 qualifiers in New Zealand (2007)” – Fiji finished the tournament in the second position and Krishna won the Golden Boot Award by scoring eight goals.

Singh (right) and Krishna (left) in 2019

Despite being 31, Fiji’s head coach Flemming Serritslev should take Alvin into consideration for OFC Nations Cup. His quality and experience can be essential for Bula Boys.

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