Twenty six-year-old Subam Rabha became the youngest football coach from Assam to attain the AFC-B license certificate, the highest level of coaching accreditation issued by the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
The Guwahati boy, who had to give up his playing career at the age of 18 owning to an injury, is associated with Guwahati-based ISL franchise NorthEast United FC (NEUFC). Assam has so far eight such coaches with AFC-B license.
“I am so glad to have successfully completed it. I have been working hard to be a better coach ever since I took coaching seriously. I thank everybody who has helped me to reach here,” an elated Subam told The News Mill.
This course is for coaches who already have the ‘C’ certificate. The course is designed to educate coaches in developing a playing style, planning individual, group and team preparation. It will also help coaches to understand coaching during training and matches. The duration of the course is 19 days divided into three modules.
The journey for Subam as a coach started in 2013 when he joined South Point School and after that from 2015 he has been associated with NEUFC as a grassroot coach.
As a player he also played in Subrata Cup in 2010. Later in 2012, he sustained a serious knee injury during a match of Pilik Chowdhury inter-district match. That was the end of his playing career.
Subam is also grateful to NEUFC family and its coach Khalid Jamil for guiding him in the right direction. “I must say that Khalid sir and others at the NEUFC have been extremely helpful in guiding me and making me a better coach. Last five years at NEUFC have been a learning experience for me,” Subam added.
Subam, who hails from a humble family in Guwahati, is looking forward to better his record to be the first and also the youngest from Assam to have an AFC-A license.