Indian Super League franchise Odisha FC have announced the signing of teenage midfielder Thoiba Singh Moirangthem from Minerva Punjab FC.
17 year old Manipur-born Thoiba Singh Moirangthem after playing football in his native state went to the Academy of Minerva Punjab FC before making his senior debut at the age of 15 years as the youngest ever player in the history of the I-League.
Thoiba at the age of 16 years 5 months and 4 days also was the youngest player to play in the AFC Cup last year.
Thoiba said after signing for Odisha FC, “Can’t wait to get started with Odisha FC and make my mark in the ISL and possibly get into the national team. I am excited to be a part of a strong core of young Indian players and I am sure I will be learning and improving daily at Odisha FC.”
Odisha FC President Mr Rohan Sharma speaking about his clubs latest acquisition said, “Thoiba is a very exciting and versatile player and I am really happy we were able to bring him in the squad this year. Though he is extremely young, he is a player who has been able to get minutes in the I-League and in the age-group competitions for India.”
“He will have a good mentor in Vinit Rai, who can help him mature and grow as per the club’s ideologies. He has an extremely high ceiling and hopefully, this year he finds his feet to develop into a better player for the future,” he added.
Odisha FC have handed Thoiba Singh a three year contract. Odisha FC add further after bringing goalkeeper Kamaljit Singh, wing backs George D’Souza and Kamalpreet Singh besides defensive youngsters Hendry Antonay and Saurabh Meher plus wingers Baoringdao Bodo and Laishram Premjit Singh on board.
Odisha FC is delighted to announce the signing of young Indian midfielder Thoiba Singh Moirangthem, the youngest player to score in the AFC Cup last year, on a three year deal ?@IndSuperLeague #WelcomeThoiba #OdishaFC #AmaTeamAmaGame pic.twitter.com/A8bN3faQgK
— Odisha FC (@OdishaFC) June 16, 2020