Manipur-born Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem is an 18 yr old wonder who has achieved a great feat in Indian football scene. After playing in U-17 FIFA World Cup and a short training stint at Scottish Premiership club Motherwell FC, he finally joined India Super League’s Kerela Blaster team and since then there has been no turning back for the young gun.
The Kerela Blasters did not have a good season but Dheeraj’s performance was hailed, so much so that he got selected as the youngest first-choice goalkeeper in the ISL. He had to beat 29-year-old custodian Naveen Kumar to fetch this title.
Talking about his journey Dheeraj said: "The first thing that an athlete needs to is to focus and to do the basic things right. It is very simple. Playing in the U-17 World Cup helped me gain a lot of confidence to play at the highest level. It helped me to be a better person; it has been a good experience for me, playing in ISL for the first time. I have learned a lot of positive and negative things. It is a part of the game where, when we look, as a team, we haven't gone the right way. We lost games and there have been games where we could have won. Can't do anything but still, the important thing for me is to focus on doing my things correctly."
He also talked about his experience of working with David James: "It was honestly a great experience to work with David James. I was lucky enough to have him here at the club. Especially for a goalkeeper, because we can look up to him every day for motivation. He really inspired us, goalkeepers. I felt motivated. He helped us a lot despite the results."
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