With an army of young talent, Singing Fish SC from Gurunagar is one of the emerging teams in Sri Lanka which has put in some commendable performances in the recent past.
Singing Fish SC is one of the leading clubs in Northern Province. They have become the talk of the town, attracting a huge fan base with their skills, passion and recent performances in the football arena.
Established in 1963, Singing Fish SC has evolved as a team winning a considerable amount of trophies as well as producing national players who have represented Sri Lanka at the international level. Late S.N.J. Antony, Augustin and Antony Das are few of the talents from this club to play for Sri Lanka.
When it comes to junior teams, Jaganathan and Rajikumar Shanthan blossomed in junior national teams.
They have also been the best in Jaffna, being the club with the most victories in the Northern Province as well as being the only team in the area to win Championships for 3 continuous years.
Off the shores
The strength of the talent Singing Fish SC has produced is visible by the fact that some of those who migrated to France during the civil war established a branch of the club in France 33 years ago and it is still going strong.
The establishment is extended in Germany as well as Italy with a history of over 25 years. It is reported that they have planned to span out to the UK and Canada as well.
1972 – Winners of Ariyalai Cup, Quarter finalists of Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Shield
1973 – Winners of St. Valen Cup, Semi-finalists of Captain’s Cup Tournament
1975 – Winners of Vaithiyam Pillai Winner’s Cup
1977 & 1978 – Winners of Jolly Star Cup
1978 – Winners of Sebastian Pillai Memorial Shield, Kumaraiyaa Shield and Green Field Shield
1968, 1974, 1975, 1992 & 1997 – Jaffna League Champions
Apart from these major honours, the club has won many tertiary level tournaments as well.
Singing Fish SC became the champions of Dan TV’s ‘New Dawn’ Championship, known as the biggest Tournament in Jaffna at the moment, in the years 2014 and 2016, underlining their dominance in the recent past.
Singing fish SC tasted more success in 2016 as they became the second runner-up in the Division I tournament losing to mighty Ratnam SC in the semi-finals and beating Great Star SC in the third place face off.
Singing Fish SC beat Police SC in their own backyard in the Round of 32 of the FA Cup but was unfortunate to lose 2-1 against Blue Star SC in the pre-quarter finals.
Singing Fish SC edged Police SC 4-1 on penalties to book a place in the Round of 16 of the FA Cup…
Sebastian Rajkumar is the skipper and custodian of the club. Brimming with experience, he has led his team from the front being a rock in-between the bars. At 35 his experience of 15 years in football has been the backbone of the club. As his successor, the club has acquired the services of Balendran Piratheepan, who is a proud product of St. Henry’s College.
Amuthan aka Julius Captain is the center back of the club. He is the main architect of the defense, arranging the players from the back. The dazzling Rajikumar Shanthan, from St.Patrick’s College who represented Sri Lanka U17 team, is the one who is donning the forward’s jersey.
Subramaniyam Udayanan has been the Coach of Singing Fish SC for over a year now. His vision has reignited the passion in the players and club who now believe they can achieve anything. The results speak for themselves. The young talent they possess is further proof that with the right guidance under Udayanan, they can go all the way up to the top.
With a commanding history and a hopeful future, Singing Fish is a team to keep an eye on. Their journey is progressing well, all they need to do is believe, practice and achieve.