Rohit Chand

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Rohit Chand
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Rohit during SAFF Suzuki CUP 2015
Personal information
Full name Rohit Chand Thakuri
Date of birth (1992-03-01) 1 March 1992 (age 25)
Place of birth Surkhet, Nepal
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Defender, Midfielder all round
Club information
Current team
Manang Marshyangdi
Number 32
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Machhindra 36 (6)
2010–2012 HAL SC 38 (4)
2012–2013 PSPS Pekanbaru 18 (1)
2013- FC Vestsjælland - (-)
2013–2015 Persija Jakarta 46 (6)
2016-2016 T-Team F.C. 12 (2)
2017- Manang Marshyangdi 9 (-)
National team
2009–2010 Nepal U19 34 (2)
2014– Nepal U23 2 (0)
2009– Nepal 46 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:45, 4 December 2014 (UTC).

Rohit Chand (born 1 March 1992) is a Nepalese footballer.[1] During his teenage years, Chand was heavily linked to clubs such as Arsenal FC, Tottenham FC, and Lille OSC.[2] Chand remains the only player in Nepal to play against top european Club AFC Ajax and transfer to an international club.

Early years[edit]

Rohit Chand Thakuri was born in Surkhet, Nepal. He started playing football at the age of eight with his brother Rabindra Chand Thakuri, who is also a semi-professional footballer, at the age of 13 he was selected for ANFA academy.[3] 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.[4]

Club career[edit]

Machhindra Football Club[edit]

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.[5] Machhindra FC also reached the semifinals of the British Gurkha Cup that season.[6]

HAL SC[edit]

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[edit]

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.[7] Later he was signed by another Indonesian side PSPS Pekanbaru on a 10 months.[8]

Persija Jakarta[edit]

In May 2013 he signed a 5-month contract with the Indonesian side Persija Jakarta in the Indonesia Super League.[9] He was then nominated for the Young player of the year award for the same season in the Indonesian league.[10] 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[edit]

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[edit]

Rohit signed a year deal with Malaysian Outfit T-Team FC in January 2016.[11]

National team[edit]

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. He also made many appearances in different age groups(U-17 and U-19 age ).[3] Rohit was named the vice-captain of the national team in 2015.

Personal life[edit]

Chand hails from Birendra Nagar in Surkhet District. His idol is Paolo Maldini.[12]


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