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Imphal, April 9: The Indian Super League (ISL) giant Kerala Blasters FC on Friday announced the signing of Manipur’s young defender Hormipam Ruivah.

The 20-year-old Northeast footballer, who hails from Ukhrul district Manipur, will feature for Kerala Blasters FC for three seasons till 2024.

Hormipam Ruivah, who was an integral part of the Indian Arrows in the 2019-2020 season in the I-League.

According to a media report, in 2018, Ruivah was a part of the U-18 side of Punjab FC which earned him a call-up to the Indian U-18 squad.

Hormipam was also in the Indian team that won the 2019 SAFF U-18 Championship held in Nepal.

The center-back who played an integral role with Minerva Punjab, winning their maiden Hero Elite U-18 League in the 2018-2019 season.

Featuring for Indian Arrows on loan from Punjab FC in 2019-20 season and played 14 matches.

In his 9 appearances for Punjab FC in the I-League, the footballer from Manipur, has been able to draw attention of all for his consistent performances this season.

“I am excited to join and continue my football journey with Kerala Blasters FC. I have heard a lot about their fan base and always wanted to be part of the team,” the report quoted Hormipam Ruivah as saying.

“I promise to strive harder and want to do the best for the Yellow Army in the future. I am eagerly waiting to begin my training with the team,” he added.

The sporting director of Kerala Blasters FC, Karolis Skinkys, said he is happy to have Hormipam in the team.

“I am happy to have a talented player like Hormipam join Kerala Blasters FC. Being the ‘Man of the Match’ on his professional debut, I believe he will bring out some solid performances along with the support of everyone here at the club and especially the Yellow Army,” the report quoted Skinkys as saying.

“He has the potential to turn into a mainstay at the heart of our defence in the future. I wish him all the very best and extend my full support in his football career,” Skinkys added.

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