Imphal: Seventeen-year-old Chingngaihmuan Tangpua from Manipur’s Churachandpur district is winning hearts on social media with her nimble footwork.
On her Twitter account, Tangpua has posted several short videos of her playing football that have gone viral.
In one of her videos, she is seen wearing a traditional attire and heels while doing freestyle and a caption that reads, “Who says you can’t do freestyle football with your traditional attire?”
In her latest video, this young football enthusiast was also seen juggling the ball non-stop for two minutes.
Speaking to EastMojo, Tangpua alias Muani Tangpua from Manipur’s Paite community said that she has been playing football for as long as she could remember.
Currently studying in Class 11 at Don Bosco School in Churachandpur, Tangpua is raised by her uncle after her father died and her mother remarried. Her two younger sisters are living in an orphanage, shared Tangpua, whose football icon is Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo.
She said playing football has been her source of inspiration in life and that it keeps her going forward.
“I have been playing football for as long as I can remember. Perhaps, it’s the only thing that keeps me going during my trying times. I feel very happy and would at least forget for a moment all the hardships that I have been facing whenever I am on the field and play this beautiful game,” she said.
Though her dream is to play for the Indian women’s football team and represent the country, Tangpua is worried that her family’s financial constraints would not be able to support her in pursuing a career as a professional footballer.
“I feel utilising this God-given talent is the only way that would help me uplift my family from our situation and help my community. And I hope that somewhere, someone would give me the opportunity to prove myself,” the young footballer shared.
“Fortune favours the brave, and I am taking nothing for granted. One day, one day…,” she added.
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