Kerala Blasters extends contract with left-back Denechandra Meitei

Kerala Blasters have handed a brand-new contract to Denechandra Meitei.  The left-back was an integral part of the KBFC squad in the 2020-21 season of the league. Kerala Blasters have signed a three-year extension with the defender. He had joined Kerala Blasters FC on 5th August 2020 from TRAU F.C. and has since gone onto make 6 appearances for the club.

“I had a very good experience with KBFC in my first season despite the difficult conditions. I am sure we will have a much-improved season next year and I am very happy to have extended my contract with the club. Looking forward to meeting the great fan base of the club soon! Stay safe at home”- Denechandra Meitei.

Meitei Career Highlights and his Role at Kerala Blasters:

Denechandra, who started his football career at the age og 10 playing at a local stadium, got his first taste of professional football with the Manipur football team in the youth nationals.

Meitei started his I-league career at Pune FC. He made 15 appearances for the  Churchill Brothers in the 2017 I-league, before shifting base to NEROCA FC. The 26-year-old signed TRAU FC for the 2019-20 season as NEROCA FC did not work out for him.

“Denechandra is physically strong, a solid player for ISL. He needs to improve some angles in his game but he showed a lot of potential last season. I want him to keep wishing to improve and we are here to support him through his journey”- Karolis Skinkys the Sporting Director of Kerala Blasters.

The club brought Denechandra Meitei in as a direct cover for Jessel Carneiro. The Manipuri defender ended up doing justice to his role, as he clocked 500 minutes on the pitch across six matches in ISL 2020-21. Meitei attempted an average of 35.67 passes per game while maintaining an accuracy of 63.55% throughout. Additionally, he registered 2.83 tackles and 3.17 interceptions per game, which are better than Carneiro’s average numbers in the season. He also made 2.5 clearances and 1.17 blocks per match in ISL 2020-21.

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