Rohit Chand

Rohit Chand Thakuri (born 1 March 1992) is a professional Nepalese footballer who plays as a midfielder for Liga 1 club Persija Jakarta and the Nepal national team.[2] During his teenage years, Chand was heavily linked to clubs such as Arsenal, Tottenham, Lille and all the other premier league clubs.[3] Chand has currently awarded as The Best Player of The Year on Liga 1 2018 (the highest level of Indonesia football competition) alongside Persija Jakarta as the champion.[4]

Rohit Chand
Rohit with Nepal at the 2015 SAFF Suzuki Cup
Personal information
Full name Rohit Chand Thakuri
Date of birth (1992-03-01) 1 March 1992[1]
Place of birth Surkhet, Nepal
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Defender
Club information
Current team
Persija Jakarta
Number 32
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Machhindra 36 (6)
2010–2012 HAL SC 38 (7)
2012–2013 PSPS Pekanbaru 15 (0)
2013–2015 Persija Jakarta 30 (3)
2015–2016 T-Team 12 (2)
2016 Manang Marshyangdi 9 (0)
2017– Persija Jakarta 89 (8)
National team
2009–2010 Nepal U19 34 (2)
2014–2018 Nepal U23 5 (0)
2009– Nepal 60 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 December 2019

Early years

Rohit Chand Thakuri was born in Surkhet, Nepal. He started playing football at the age of eight with his brother Rabin Chand Thakuri, who is also a semi-professional footballer, at the age of 13 he was selected for ANFA academy.[5] Chand's tour in Iran with the U-16 national team in 2008 was the turning point of his career. At the age of 16, Chand was called up to the senior national team even though he hadn’t played any games both at club and U-19 team’s level. This allowed Chand to propel his professional football career quickly in Nepal.[6]

Club career

Machhindra Football Club

Chand's first professional club in Nepal's top flight was Machhindra Football Club. Chand's play had brought him four Man of the Match awards during the league campaign and his play at the back had been one of the highlights of Machhindra's season. The young stopper has led a defense that doesn't leak too many goals, but he also can be a threat moving up the pitch. Chand had shown his leadership qualities and captained Machhindra. He was awarded best defender of the year award for his spectacular play during the 2067B.S.(2010–11) league season.[7] Machhindra FC also reached the semifinals of the British Gurkha Cup that season.[8]

HAL SC

In 2010, he transferred to HAL SC of the I-League in India.

On 2 January 2012 it was reported that Chand had signed a 6-month contract with the club after trying his luck in Europe. In April, Chand scored a hat-trick in I-League match but despite his efforts his team went on to lose the match. And his efforts were not enough to prevent HAL from relegation in the I-League. His contract at HAL SC expired in 2012 after they were relegated from the top tier of I-League.

PSPS Pekanbaru

Rohit Chand gave a trial at Indonesia Liga Side Arema where he was able to give an average performance, although he was not selected by the team.[9] Later he was signed by another Indonesian side PSPS Pekanbaru on a 10 months.[10]

Persija Jakarta

In May 2013 he signed a 5-month contract with the Indonesian side Persija Jakarta in the Indonesia Super League.[11] He was then nominated for the Young player of the year award for the same season in the Indonesian league.[12] After his best performance he has been awarded with 2 years of Contract with the same club. Rohit will be staying in Persija Jakarta till end of 2015.

FC Vestsjaelland

Rohit has trained with the club for more than one and half months until 25 December 2013. He was offered with 6 months contract for reserved team as like Indian Goalkeeper Subrata Paul . Rohit's Manager Rabindra Chand denied the offer and placed Rohit to ISL club.

T-Team FC

Rohit signed a year deal with Malaysian Outfit T-Team FC in January 2016.[13]

Return to Persija Jakarta

After a brief spell for local Nepalese club Manang Marshyangdi, it was announced that Chand had returned to Indonesian club, Persija Jakarta.[14]

National team

Chand is the youngest players to play the full senior level tournament for Nepal, making his debut on 23 March 2009 (16 years 22 days) against Palestine in the AFC which was later broke by Bimal Gharti Magar. He also made many appearances in different age groups(U-17 and U-19 age ).[5] Rohit was named the vice-captain of the national team in 2015.

Honours

Clubs

Persija Jakarta
Champions (1): 2018
Champions (1): 2018

Individual

  • Special Award of the Year Pulsar NSJF Sports Award (Nepal):2019
  • Most Valuable Player Liga 1: 2018[4]

Personal life

Chand hails from Birendra Nagar in Surkhet District. His idol is Paolo Maldini.[15] Aside from football Chand is also an avid reader and enjoys novels, and also loves pets having a dog named Roger.[16]

References

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