Thoi Singh

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Thoi Singh
Personal information
Full name Khangebam Thoi Singh
Date of birth (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 (age 27)[1]
Place of birth Thoubal, Manipur, India[1]
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)[2]
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 11
Youth career
2006 Indian Bank
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2010 Mahindra United 25 (8)
2010–2011 Salgaocar 8 (1)
2011–2012 United Sikkim 32 (10)
2013 Mumbai Tigers 1 (0)
2013–2015 Bengaluru FC 37 (8)
2015– Chennaiyin 27 (0)
2016 Bengaluru FC (loan) 13 (0)
2017 Mumbai (Loan) 13 (2)
National team
2006 India U19 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 March 2018

Khangebam Thoi Singh (born 5 October 1990) is an Indian professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Chennaiyin in the Indian Super League.

Youth career[edit]

Thoi started his career when representing his state Manipur in the Mir Iqbal Hussain Trophy, a National level under-16 sub-junior trophy.[3] Thoi signed his first professional contract with Chennai-based Indian Bank in 2006 to represent them in the I-League 2nd Division.[4]

Senior career[edit]

His performances with the southern side attracted the interest of Maharashtra-based (now defunct) Mahindra United, where he signed a 3-year contract in 2007. The highlight of his time at Mahindra includes a tournament winning goal in the final of the 2008 Durand Cup against Churchill Brothers. Thoi joined Goan-based Salgaocar in 2010 for the 2010-11 season where he won the league with Salgaocar, though only appearing 8 times and scoring once, and was predominantly used as a squad player. He accepted Bhaichung Bhutia's inviatiton to play for I-League 2nd Division team United Sikkim, where he stayed for two seasons, appearing regularly in the 2011 season and 2012 season alongside Bhutia, Renedy Singh and Sandesh Jhingan.[4]

While United Sikkim gained promotion, Thoi's services was enlisted by newly formed Mumbai Tigers, then known as Dodsal FC for the 2013 I-League 2nd Division. Thoi became the first player to score for the Mumbai-based team when he scored against Army Red in their first professional game on 25 August 2012 at the Ambedkar Stadium in Delhi in the 2012 Durand Cup.[5][6] Thoi scored twice in the tournament as Mumbai Tigers reached the final, but were beaten 3-2 on penalties by Air India.

Thoi would then be picked up by another newly formed Bangalore based team Bengaluru FC for the 2013-14 I-League.[7] He made 21 appearances in the I-League for Bengaluru FC in the central midfield and scored thrice and helped his side win the league in their first professional season in Indian football.[8] He would continue with Bengaluru for another season by winning the 2014-15 Federation Cup before making 16 appearances and scoring 5 times in the 2014-15 I-League as his team finished runner-up behind Mohun Bagan.[9]

Thoi along with Robin Singh and Sunil Chhetri were contracted to the Indian Super League and will be loaned back to Bengaluru FC for the 2016 I-League season.[10] He was picked up by Chennai-based Chennaiyin for the 2015 Indian Super League for INR 8.6 million during the 2015 ISL Auctions, making him the 3rd most expensive Indian player in the ISL only below his teammates at Bengaluru FC, Sunil Chhetri and Eugeneson Lyngdoh.[11] He recently signed for Mumbai FC for the 2017 I-League Season.

International career[edit]

Thoi Singh was called up to the India U19 team for the 2006 AFC Youth Championship held in India between 29 October – 12 November 2006. He made his only appearance as a substitute against Jordan U19s playing as a forward.[12][13]



Mahindra United
United Sikkim
Bengaluru FC
Chennaiyin FC


  1. ^ a b "T. SINGH". Soccerway. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Thoi Singh". Football Database. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "India's small wonder". Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Interview with Thoi". Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "Air India win Durand cup". Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "Dodsal FC enters final". Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  7. ^ "Indian Super league auction". Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  8. ^ "Bengaluru FC profile". Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  9. ^ "Thoi Singh". Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  10. ^ "Jindal: Will Chhetri stay with Bengaluru if we do not offer ISL?". 
  11. ^ "Thoi Singh, profile". Retrieved 19 December 2015. 
  12. ^ "AFC championship". Retrieved 7 July 2015. 
  13. ^ "AFC Youth Championship". Retrieved 7 July 2015. 

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