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Working on chicken shop to playing for Indian team: Subhasish Roy Chowdhary joins RKFC as a goalkeeper

Srinagar Oct 05: In 1994 Subhasish Roy Chowdhury was eight-years-old when he was working on a chicken shop in Calcutta to support his family. Nearby there was a school where children used to play football. As he used to love the game, he joined their team as a goalkeeper which eventually motivated him to become a professional footballer. 

“It was very difficult for me to manage time but I used to sleep less to give some time for football. I would wake up at 3 am to practise then work on the shop during the day to feed my family. Those were very hard days for me and my family. I worked hard and kept patience.  After that I joined various top teams including playing for the Indian senior football team,” Subhasish, 35, who has been a professional goalkeeper for around 20-years, said.

He played for the Indian team for 14-years and also represented the national team which played games to qualify for World Cup, Olympic Games. He was also part of the national team which played Asian Games, Nehru and Asian Cup. Presently, he is considered one of top goalkeepers in India.  

About his expectations with the RKFC, he said, “I will give my best results as the RKFC coach has huge expectations with me for being a senior player. Everyone is working hard to give their best and to make RKFC this season’s champions.” 

Subhasish began his career at Tata Football Academy then played for East Bengal at the National Football League. He then joined NFL side Mahindra United in 2005.

Subhasish signed for Dempo to play in I-League. Then he played for Atlético de Kolkata, Mumbai City, Kerala Blasters, Jamshedpur, and Goa FC in ISL. He also represented North East United and several other top clubs. 

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