Bengaluru, Feb 8: FC Pune City's Senorita Nongpluh, 12, is the youngest female footballer tom play in the ongoing Indian women’s football league.
At a tender age of 12, Nongpluh has caught several eyeballs playing against the who's who of Indian women's football.
Senorita is a big fan of legendary Indian female footballer Bembem Devi. Bembem heaped praise on the youngster saying: “She reminds me of myself. I had made my debut for the senior national side at the age of only 15 years.
"Senorita has started playing in the women’s franchise league at the of 12 years only. She looks highly talented. Otherwise, it could not have been possible for her to get into the highest level of Indian female football.”
Senorita is also relishing the moment. Playing against Eastern Union, Senorita snatched a ball from Bembem with a hard but neat tackle.
Bembem Devi, after losing the ball to the 12-year-old girl, looked at her with veneration. Later, the midfielder from Manipur said: “It was a rare moment for me. I could snatch a ball from legendary Bembem.
"I did not even imagine that such day might come where I will be able to play with same vigor against the legendary footballers of Indian ladies football like Premi Devi, Umapati Devi and Kamala Devi.
Senorita further said: “Everybody wants to know my age. When I mention I am 12 years old only, they look with great surprise.”
The footballer who has earned appreciation for her enthusiasm on the field, especially for her ability to run down the pitch endlessly added: “I never dreamed that I would be able to play against my idols in Indian football. It has been no doubt a dream comes true in my life.”
Now, the young footballer has to goals to fulfil. She said: “I want to score goal in the ongoing League. Then my sole aim will be to don India shirts and play for the country consistently.”