|An end of an era, as Indra retires|
The 35-year-old former goal poacher is probably one of the few players I witnessed the rise to prominence till the day that pair of boots were hung.
Indra first came to my notice when he alongside with some of his peers (i.e.: Ahmad Latiff, Yazid Yasin, etc.) starred in the Lion City Cup at the old
Two years later, I was there at the old National Stadium to see the then up-and-coming making his international debut against Kuwait (26 April 1997) when he came on a substitute and thrilled the crowds with his pace that rejuvenated life back to a dull game.
|Indra played for Sengkang in 2009|
Since then, it was no looking back with him went on to build a legacy of his own by churning out impressive statistics with various S
"We all know Indra had the
"He had magnificent speed over ten metres and was deadly in the box, while he may be the worst aerobic athlete in the team then for couldn't run ten kilometres, but who cared when he scored match-winning goals like he did in 2003 and 2005 (Singapore) Cup finals." opined the Englishman who is currently the assistant coach with Indian Super League (ISL) side Mumbai City FC.
It was widely considered Indra hit the pinnacle of his career when he landed an annual paycheck of $100,000 when he inked a three-year extension with Home United in 2005 that paid him the highest-paid local player who by then had established a reputation of scoring goals against much stronger opponents like Manchester United, Uruguay and Japan.
Although things weren't always smooth sailing for the Lions centurion when I witnessed in horror had he collapsed in agony after injuring the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in his left knee in an international fixture against Malaysia at Kallang in May 2006.
Follow that there were various attempts to venture overseas with him came close to bag a contract with MLS side Real Salt Lake in 2008, when he was invited to join them in a pre-season tour in Argentina that ended empty-handed in the end.
|Indra (17) in action for SAFFC in 2011|
It was with the Rhinos that saw Indra hit another personal milestone - scoring his 200th goal in domestic competitions against Woodlands Wellington on May 2011, however, it was the same year that saw him left Choa Chu Kang when the season ended.
Into the twilight zone of his career, saw the veteran striker back with the Protectors for the past three years and more surprisingly was the recall by national coach Bernd Stange last year
|Indra posed for this shot at warming up|
"Also the opportunities to travel around the world and get to meet a lot of people, be it playing in the S
"I guess the only regret I have is not able to secure a contract when I was in the States
"AGE WAS NOT A FACTOR THEN"
Despite that setback, the then 29-year-old had proved age is not an issue for anyone keen to venture outside Singapore, especially out of South East Asia.
Said Indra:"Usually, foreign clubs would prefer younger
|Indra scored a goal after a long layoff in |
"A credit to the Singapore game and will be sorely missed. I enjoyed him as both a person and a footballer,
"Off the pitch he was always bouncy, positive and an asset in the dressing room." added the former Thailand national assistant coach.