Prashanth Kalinga, who hails from Gowthampura where “Pele is considered as god & Brazil as heaven”, plays as a defender for Bengaluru FC in the ISL (Indian Super League).
Kalinga joined BFC’s youth set-up in 2013, when the club was setting its foot in the country and since then he is a renowned face for the club.
He was promoted to senior team during 2016 AFC Cup campaign and he made his debut in 2017 AFC Cup against Transport United on 23rd January 2018.
Luckily, we got a chance to know about this rising star (Prashanth Kalinga) more and his future plans with Bengaluru FC in an interview with him.
- What do you think has been the turning point in your career?
Signing up to play for BFC because they have guided me to where I am today.
- Who is the person according to you, who has always helped you to achieve your dreams?
My parents have always helped me and stood by me.
- Who is your role model? And why?
My dad has been my role model because I’ve seen practice very hard and with total dedication until he got injured and had undergone surgery.
- As a defender, what do you think are the biggest strengths and weaknesses in your game?
My strengths are my overlapping and crossing the ball. My weaknesses will be I have to improve my physical strength, speed, and stamina to match up to the main BFC players.
- What do you think about Albert Roca as a coach?
He is like a father figure to me. He is extremely professional, Very patient, understanding and can read the game better than anyone.
- You joined BFC’s youth set-up in 2013, when the club was setting it’s foot in the country. What do you think about the revolution that BFC brought into Indian Football?
BFC is a very professional team. The set up is on the lines of the English premier league clubs. BFC has shown other clubs how to be a professional club in the true sense. Football was a dying sport in Bangalore and after BFC came in every youngster wants to play and follow football.
- From the muddy pitches in Gowthampura to playing in an AFC Cup game in Bhutan. How do you describe your journey so far?
My journey has been incredible beyond words can express. The exposure I got from BFC I could not have got anywhere.
- BFC fans are pretty well known across the country for bringing about a sense of freshness into the Indian footballing ecosystem, what is your message to the fans?
BFC fans your contribution to the club’s success is huge, so continue to give us that support and bring in more fans so our BFC family continues to grow.
- Where do you see yourself in the next 2 to 3 years?
I see myself in BFC improving under the guidance of my coach Albert Roca.