"Whatever I do is for him and my family. I want to make him proud each and every day and that is why I credit him. I
could not imagine my life if I was not playing Football."
But for Rakip, it does not end with a supportive family. In fact, the small village which Rakip hails from outside Imphal in Manipur also supported Rakip's football journey and has found itself a local celebrity in Rakip.
"The village always came together to support me. After I made it to the Indian Team the support almost doubled."
"People use to come up to me and wish me luck and whenever I used to go out, they use to ask me about the preparations."
"It was like I have a very big family"
As a footballer, Rakip juggles many things apart from a ball, the pressure to deliver is always there. "When you have so many people counting on you, the pressure is always there"
"You cannot stop thinking about how your game is progressing. Thankfully, my father guides me how to handle pressure and deal with crunch situations"