Kerala Blasters FC have announced the signing of the young defender Hormipam Ruivah. The 20-year-old hails from Somdal, Manipur and has been playing football since his early childhood. He was an integral part of the Indian Arrows in the 2019/20 season.
Initially, the young defender joined the Sports Authority of India (SAI) academy in Imphal in 2017. Later in 2018, Hormipam was part of U-18 side of Minerva Punjab FC which earned him a call-up to the Indian U-18 squad. The centre-back played an integral role with Minerva Punjab FC, winning their maiden Hero Elite U-18 League in the 2018/19 season. Hormipam was also part of the Indian team that won the 2019 SAFF U-18 Championship in Nepal.
Hormipam spent the 2019/20 season with Indian Arrows on loan from Minerva Punjab FC and started 14 matches in defence. The youngster has put in consistent performances this season in his 9 appearances for RoundGlass Punjab FC in the I-League, playing over 600 minutes with six starts to his name.
“I am excited to join and continue my football journey with Kerala Blasters FC. I have heard a lot about their fan base and always wanted to be part of the team. I promise to strive harder and want to do the best for the Yellow Army in future. I am eagerly waiting to begin my training with the team,” said Ruivah Hormipam.
“I am happy to have a talented player like Hormipam join Kerala Blasters FC. Being the ‘Man of the Match’ on his professional debut, I believe he will bring out some solid performances along with the support of everyone here at the club and especially the Yellow Army. He has the potential to turn into a mainstay at the heart of our defence in the future. I wish him all the very best and extend my full support in his football career,” said Kerala Blasters sporting director Karolis Skinkys.
🚨 ATTENTION, YELLOW ARMY! 📢
The Blasters Roster is now stronger by one 💪🏼
— K e r a l a B l a s t e r s F C (@KeralaBlasters) April 8, 2021