Wednesday, April 17

Rising Star Panthoi Chanu Joins Australian Club Metro United

Elangbam Panthoi Chanu, the rising star of Indian women’s football, is set to embark on a new chapter in her career after signing with Australian club Metro United. This move marks a significant step for the young goalkeeper, who is poised to become the heir apparent to veteran Aditi Chauhan.

Aditi Chauhan: A Legacy of Experience

For over a decade, Aditi Chauhan has been a stalwart presence in the Indian women’s national team. Her European experience, which included seven appearances for West Ham United, played a crucial role in India’s success at the regional level. However, recent injuries have hampered her performance, forcing her to leave the field during a friendly match last year.

Enter Panthoi Chanu: Ready to Take the Mantle

Enter Panthoi Chanu, the 22-year-old goalkeeper who has stepped up to fill the void left by Chauhan. Her talent has already shone brightly, with a Golden Glove win in the Indian Women’s League and impressive performances in recent international games. This culminated in her recent signing with Metro United, a significant achievement for both Chanu and Indian women’s football.

A Dream Realized: Playing in Australia

This move to Australia represents the fulfillment of a dream for Chanu. She expressed her determination to “do well and make my country proud” while embracing the opportunity to push herself further. Metro United coach, Paul Morris, highlighted the qualities that drew them to Chanu, specifically her “quick reflexes and sweeping abilities.”

Chanu’s Impressive Track Record

Chanu’s talent became evident when she led Eastern Union to victory in the inaugural edition of the expanded Indian Women’s League. Her consistent performance has secured her position as India’s No. 1 goalkeeper, a role she solidified with a clean sheet against Hong Kong in the recent Turkish Women’s Cup.

Following in the Footsteps of Trailblazers

With this move, Chanu joins a growing list of Indian women footballers making their mark on international stages. She follows in the footsteps of players like Ngangom Bala Devi, Dangmei Grace, and Manisha Kalyan, who have all played for clubs outside India. Additionally, Chanu becomes the fourth player scouted from recent Women in Sports trials to secure a foreign club contract.

A Turning Point for Metro United?

Metro United, currently sitting near the bottom of the league table, hopes that Chanu’s arrival will be a turning point for their season. Coach Morris expressed his optimism, stating, “We are looking forward to getting her settled in and hopefully, if everything goes well, she’ll make her debut against Football Federation South Australia NTC.”

Panthoi Chanu’s journey to Australia is an inspiring story of talent, dedication, and the growing recognition of Indian women’s football on the global stage. Her success will undoubtedly pave the way for future generations of female footballers in India.

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