The young goalkeeper was one of the best performers for India in their FIFA U-17 World Cup tournament. The kid who once stayed away from crowded football grounds is now embarking his growing taste of success and much appreciations, as a goalkeeper.
His journey from a small town student to become one of India’s most loved goalkeeper has been an inspiration, hard work and persistence always pays off.
Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem, the 17-year-old has reportedly been spotted by International Football Scouts. His Portuguese goalkeeping coach Paolo Grilo, who is also the goalkeeping coach for the Philadelphia Union, a club in the Major League Soccer of USA, told the media agencies last week that “his performance has caught the attention of scouts representing a few international teams in Europe and around the world.”
Born in Moirang Phiwangbam Leikai, Moirang, a small rural town in Manipur’s Bishnupur district. He was eleven when he got the call of his first career turning point with a Manipur local team AMOFA in the L. Borchand Memorial Football Tournament in 2011, which led him to get selected in the state team (Under-14).
That same year, he was inducted into the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Academy located at Kalyani, West Bengal. From there, subsequently made it into the U-14 Indian team and he was selected to train at the AIFF Elite Academy in Goa for the FIFA U-17 World Cup.
It is said that both of his parents – Moirangthem Romit and Moirangthem Ongbi Usha were at first against him taking up a football career in the beginning. Anyway, things all changed for good later.
He was a bright student and topper in his class while studying at a nearby Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in Churachandpur, where he used to play badminton primarily as there were many students and the football ground was always crowded.
In 2013, his team made the country proud by winning the SAFF Championship held in Kathmandu, Nepal. He was also shortlisted among the 50 young football players from Asian countries to be trained under the best club coaches of Barcelona, Manchester United and Inter Milan.
With a good height of five feet ten inches for a 17-year-old, it suits Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem as a goalkeeper. And it’ll help him climb the height of more success in the coming years.