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Midfielder of Indian Women’s Footballer:Oinam BemBem Devi

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Oinam BemBem Devi was born on 4 april 1980 in Imphal in Manipur. She was nicknamed as “Durga of Indian football“.Her height was 5ft 2in(1.57m). Her position was Midfielder. She is currently involved in spreading awarness about women’s football in India. Devi currently taking part in Eastern Sporting Union her number is 10.

She has honoured with ARJUNA award by the ministry of youth affairs and sports. She has received the India’s highly prestigious award PADMA SHREE in 2020.

 she started playing Football when she was 13 or 14 when she was schoolgirl and played football just for fun. Actually she started playing Football seriously at the age of 15.

Career of Oinam BemBem Devi:

BemBem devi started her career as a footballer in 1988 and she began her training at the United Pioneers Club in Imphal.  she was selected to represent the Manipur U-13 team in the sub-junior football tournament. Her performances in the tournament got noticed, and was signed up by Yawa Singjamei Leishangthem Lekai club. She has been appointed as a captain of her state team ,since 32nd National game was held in Hyderabad.

She has awarded as the player of the tournament by her excellent performance.

She was appointed as manager of Eastern sporting union in 2017 Indian women’s league final rounds. She also became the first manager of  Indian women’s league history to claim the tournament title also as a player. In 2018, she was assigned as the assistant coach for the India U17 women’s team.

For 2018-2019 Indian women’s league she managed Manipur Police Sports Club.

International career of BemBem Devi:

The turning point in her career came at the 1996 Asian Games, where the Indian national team were drawn in a group alongside Japan and neighbours Nepal. They went to a long- month camp in German and they all were trained by German coaches. She set to play her last game on February against Nepal, at the 12th South Asian Games in Shillong.

Highlights:

  • AIFF Woman Footballer of the Year (2): 2001, 2013
  • Arjuna Award: 2017
  • Padma Shri:2020

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