The Team that drives us

RFC Football Academy | Faculty

Integrating Academics with Innovative and Professional Football Training

Our Technical Director, Ajit Braich, is a seasoned and committed professional, accredited with UEFA and AFC licenses and brings over 20 years of football management experience on the turf to RFC Football Academy. He has extensive C-suite experience in the management of football teams and developing programmes to optimize individual and collective performances.

As a player, Braich has played at the highest levels representing clubs in the UK. He is also known for developing a successful training methodology not only abroad but with Indian football clubs and academies as well. He also has a special expertise in developing team skills using motivational techniques to enhance training and educating both athletes and coaches at all levels. A firm believer of instilling pride and ethics in youth through the discipline of team sports. He believes in mentoring individuals to become the best they can. An NRI who would love a chance to give back to his country of birth.

Ajit Braich

Technical Director

Braich brings over 20 years of experience on the turf to RFC Football Academy. Under his stewardship (Former Technical Advisor) Minerva Punjab FC  were crowned as I League Champions of 2017-18 season. His single-minded dedication to the sport and enhancing player performance, potential and acumen has been the driving force behind successful professional players across the world.

Credentials
• AFC 'A' License
•  UEFA 'B' License
• Canadian 'A' License
• 2 FA Prep Course (John Peacock)
• Former Technical Advisor - Minerva Punjab

Amit Rana

Head Coach

Rana comes from a rich background of having trained elite athletes from reputed institutions suchas Stadium FC, Fateh Hyderabad AFC, Nowrosjee Wadia College, Pune Football Club and Pune United Football Academy. His stint has seen him build successful athletes and winning team across a career spanning over a decade.

Credentials
• AFC 'B’ License
• AFC GK Level 1 License
• AFC ‘C' Coaching License
• AIFF ‘D' Coaching License
The FA Level 1 International Coaching License
FA Level 1 in Talent Identification

Darshana Sanas

Head Coach

Darshana, a National and State level Football Player is  also passionate about coaching. She brings a rich experience of  having trained under some of the best coaches and having played IWL for FC Pune City as a Vice Captain as well as Youth Leagues under AIFF.
As a coach she has won major tournaments such as Sub Jr State Championship with Pune under Western India Football Association.
Her objective is develop women's football in India by scouting, training and nurturing young players for them to become successful athletes for the same.

Credentials
• AFC 'C' License
• Grassroots Coach 2017 (Mumbai)
• Certificate Coaching Course by AIFF 
(In Association with 'Live your Goals' FIFA)

Shorabh Bhat

Assistant Coach


Rajendra Singh

Assistant Coach


Ashray Gandhi

Goal Keeping Coach


Bhavithran

Grassroots Coach


Syed Abdul Rahim

Grassroots Coach


Ashwin Neleppana

Grassroots Coach


Support Team


Dr. Gopakumar

Consulting Physiotherapist - Core Physio

Dr Gopakumar have 25 Years of Experience in the field of SPORTS PHYSIOTHERAPY & NEURO PHYSIO THERAPY. He is the Founder of CorePhysio India, Physio Premier League (PPL) and Physio Partner Youth Champions League. He is also the Co-Founder Back2Track, Official Physio Partner of TAL (The Amateur League), Official Physio of the Siemens Football Team and the Ex-Sports Physio for Kuwait Football Club.

Professional Qualification
• Certified Dynamic Taping Instructor, DT(Australia)
• Certified Core Conditioning Specialist -IASTM
• Osteo Manipulation Therapist (OMT)
• Certified Sports Trainer
• Master trainer (India) - IASTME Rgon Technique (Greece)

Rubel Chakraborty

Team Physio

Rubel is a Resident Physiotherapist at the academy and with Core-physio. A graduate in physiotherapy from West Bengal University of Health Sciences a Masters in Sports Physiotherapy from Guru Nanak Dev University. He brings a rich experience having worked with the Assam State Football Team, Rajasthan FC and Punjab Judo Association.

Credentials
• BPT, MPT-Sports, COMT, CDNT, MIAP
• Certified Orthopaedic Manual Therapist
• Certified Dry Needling Therapist
• Certified World Rugby Level-1 Medical Physio
• FIFA Medical Diploma

Khumukcham Tiken Singh

Scouting Head

A well-networked scout, Tiken is a formidable Left Winger who has played for India 19 Team, Manipur State team at the Nationals and several prestigious clubs in his career spanning nearly 25 years playing over hundreds of official matches and having captained quite a few of them.

Professional Qualification
• AIFF 'D' License
• UEFA Clinic

Dr. Rohini Raman (RD, PhD)

IOC Certified Sports Nutritionist


Nikhil Mani

Business Devp. Officer & Grassroots Coach