From Manipur to Uruguay: Bijay Chhetri Makes History as First Indian Footballer to Join Latin American Club

The Northeast Dialogue

Indian defender Bijay Chhetri has joined Uruguayan football club Colon FC on loan until the year-end, his Indian Super League (ISL) club Chennaiyin FC said on Wednesday. Chhetri thus became the first Indian footballer to sign for a Latin American club. The announcement of Chhetri's signing with Uruguayan football outfit Colon FC marks a significant milestone not only in his journey but also in the annals of Indian football history.

The 22-year-old Bijay from Manipur began his footballing career with Shillong Lajong in 2016 and made his senior appearance with Indian Arrows in 2018. Since then, he has played for clubs like Chennai City, Real Kashmir, and Sreenidi Deccan before joining CFC this season, his maiden ISL club.

Chhetri's journey from Manipur to Uruguay is a beacon of hope and inspiration for aspiring footballers across India. His relentless pursuit of excellence, coupled with his unwavering determination, exemplifies the qualities necessary to overcome obstacles and achieve one's dreams. As Bijay Chhetri embarks on this historic journey with Colon FC, he carries with him the hopes and aspirations of a nation. His groundbreaking achievement not only elevates his career but also shines a spotlight on the immense talent pool within Indian football. With Chhetri leading the way, the future of Indian football is brighter than ever, brimming with promise, potential, and endless possibilities.


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