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It was an amazing moment to score against Chile: Nongdamba Naorem

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The Minerva Punjab FC academy shot-stopper reflects on his time with the Junior Colts.

Nongdamba Naorem possibly could not imagine that he would go on the score to a landmark goal in the Indian U-17s history when he first started playing football as a goalkeeper. Afterall, many succumb to the transition and many fail to make it.

Born in Imphal, the midfielder scored in India U-17’s 1-1 draw against Chile in the Four-Nation Tournament wherein India were reduced to ten-men in the second half. That goal was perhaps the highlight of Naorem’s career.

“It was an amazing moment to score against one of the best Teams in South America. It felt surreal. That moment has motivated me even more to work hard on and off the pitch”, Naorem says.

Even as a goalkeeper, Naorem loved to dribble the ball. “I always loved to play with the ball at my feet. I was comfortable with it.”


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“I started playing football with my friends who used to call me every day to play in a nearby field. It was where I took my baby steps in football”

“Even during my examinations, I used to go out and play football. I just wanted to live for football and I am so happy that I am able to do that”, Naorem adds.

Naorem’s friends have been a huge support for him as has his father. “My father and friends used to support me a lot. They were always there for me and were my rock during a hard time”

“My father always wanted me to represent the country and I am so proud that I am able to do that for him”

“But my dream is to play for the Indian Senior National Team. I work hard every day for it”, Naorem informs.

 Nongdamba Naorem idolised Jackichand Singh and Antoine Griezmnn. 

Published: Fri Sep 15, 2017 05:22 PM IST

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