Odisha FC have announced that Denechandra Meitei has joined the club on a season-long loan from Kerala Blasters.
Yendrembam Denechandra Meitei was born in Manipur, Meitei started playing football at the age of 10 years. He initially trained at a local stadium to improve his technical ability. Then Meitei eventually managed to make it into his district team and then the Manipur football team in the youth nationals. Then in 2008, he signed with Mohun Bagan Academy. A year later, Meitei joined the Sambhalpur Academy in Odisha.
After going back to Manipur, Meitei got recommended for a trial at Pune FC. Denechandra got selected for the academy. While with the Pune FC Academy, he won the I-League U-19 twice.
On 5 August 2020, Meitei joined Kerala Blasters from TRAU FC. He made his first appearance for the club against Chennaiyin FC. After a year, Meitei signed a new three-year contract with Kerala Blasters, keeping him at the club until 2024.
Meitei was included in the Kerala Blasters squad for last year’s Durand Cup and played his first match against Bengaluru FC. He played his first match of the Indian Super League 2021–22 season as a substitute for Nishu Kumar against Bengaluru FC.
Denechandra has represented India at the U-23 level where he played for the Blue Tigers in a tournament held in Bangladesh.
The versatile defender, who can also fill in at a defensive midfield position will add more strength and depth to the Odisha FC backline for the upcoming season.