Bengaluru FC striker Sivasakthi Narayanan has been making headlines for his spectacular performances in the Indian Super League (ISL) and has recently been awarded the Emerging Player of the Month for January 2023. The 21-year-old has been a pivotal player in Bengaluru FC’s recent wins, scoring four goals and providing one assist.
Let’s take a closer look at Sivasakthi Narayanan’s inspiring journey from a local team in Karaikudi to becoming one of the brightest talents in Indian football
- Early Beginnings : Sivasakthi Narayanan’s journey in football began when he was picked up by a local team during trials in Karaikudi. He was scouted by the Raman Vijan Soccer School, where he emerged as the top scorer in the 2018-19 season of Elite League with 22 goals for the club.
- Joining Bengaluru FC’s B Team : After his impressive performances, Sivasakthi was picked up by Bengaluru FC’s B team, where he played for the club in the 2020-21 season of Bangalore Super Division league. He emerged as the top goal scorer after scoring 15 goals for the club, including two hat-tricks.
- Maiden Call-Up to Senior Team : Sivasakthi Narayanan’s hard work paid off when he received his maiden call-up to the senior team of Bengaluru FC for their AFC Cup campaign in 2021. He made his senior team debut in the game against Bashundhara Kings at the group stage of 2021 AFC Cup and scored his first goal for the club against Maziya S&RC.
- Emerging Player of the ISL : Sivasakthi’s impressive performances did not go unnoticed as he was voted as the Emerging Player for this edition of the Indian Super League. The award recognizes the league’s best young player for showing promise and potential over the course of the season, and standing out on the big stage. He has six goals and three assists to his name and has played a significant role in Bengaluru’s journey to the final.
- Humble and Hardworking : Despite his success, Sivasakthi remains humble and hardworking. Bengaluru FC coach Simon Grayson has praised him for his ability and natural instinct to score goals, and for being willing to learn and work hard. He also looks up to senior players like Sunil Chhetri and Roy Krishna and studies how they play and conduct themselves on and off the field.
Sivasakthi Narayanan’s journey is a testament to the power of hard work, dedication, and perseverance. As he continues to shine in the ISL, it will be exciting to see how far he can go and how many more records he can break!