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oinam bembem devi is on born 4 April 1980 in Imphal in Manipur. She is a female Indian footballer. The position of player is midfielder . embem Devi is known for her excellent ball dribbling and footwork. She started her career at the age of 13 playing for School teams in Manipur. At the age of 15 Bembem made her International Debut against Guam in the Asian Women’s Championships. embem Devi is known for her excellent ball dribbling and footwork. She started her career at the age of 13 playing for School teams in Manipur.
At the age of 15 Bembem made her International Debut against Guam in the Asian Women’s Championships. embem’s passion for football ensured that her progress in the sport was quick: in 1991, she was roped in by local club YAWA, and within four years’ time, she was playing for the Manipur Police football team. By this time, her parents had understood their little girl was a talented footballer. They gave her their support on the condition that Bembem would complete her education Playing tournaments meant missing classes and examinations but Bembem’s teachers would organize separate classes for her so that she could keep up with studies. Managing school was not the only struggle Bembem had to face. It was tough for her family to afford something as basic as a kit, let alone her travel expenses for tournaments, and a tracksuit handed down from another player became Bembem’s prized possession. In 1995, at the age of 15, Bembem stepped out in the Indian jersey for the senior side in a match against Hong Kong. From there, there was no looking back for her. When Bembem returned to Manipur after the tournament, she found a mentor in S. Ekendra Singh, the coach at a local football club. The 36-year-old Bembem called time on her illustrious international career at the end of the South Asian Games last year in Shillong, and an Arjuna will be a fitting reward for her services to the game, the AIFF felt. nspiring a generation of female footballers along the way. In February, her remarkable journey came to a fitting end, as she walked off the turf at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong, signing off with yet another gold medal after India beat Nepal in the final of the South Asian Games (SAG).After driving down the Airport Road in Imphal, it takes 20 minutes to break the ice as we made our way past the office of the United Pioneers Club.
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