Kalimpong lad Nadong Bhutia is signed in by Minerva Punjab FC the Northern Power House of Indian Football for the upcoming I-league season.
For the past two years, he was recovering from the hamstring injury and was not able to impress any major club from top tier league. However, his hard work paid off and he got a call from Minerva FC for 2017 2018 I-league season.
23-year-old Nadong represented Mumbai City FC in the 2014 Indian Super League and made 11 appearances and played alongside Chelsea star Nicholas Anelka.
In July 2015 Bhutia was drafted to play for Atlético de Kolkata in the 2015 Indian Super League. ATK Head Coach, Habas pronounced him as a speedster of ATK.
Nadong Bhutia who started his professional career with United Sikkim F.C. in 2013 and spent time with Eagles F.C. of Kerala on loan for 2013-14 season Nadong was selected for a six-weeks training stint, along with eight players, with UK based Reading F.C. Academy.
In the short span, he has built his name in Indian football however the hamstring injury during the second season of Indian Super League hit him strongly and took nearly two years to be completely fit.
In this two years, Nadong played Bhutan National League and was hired by other neighboring country.
Speaking about his signing Nadong said, “I am happy I am back and want to give my best. I lost a season because of my injury but I am back now and will give my best and will try to win every match for the team."
Talking about being away from the top-tier league for a nearly two year the versatile winger said, “It was a bad experience for my footballing career. I have to overcome the injury sustained during second ISL season. But I was confident and never ever gave up myself. There was no offer coming in from any big house. But I was sure to come back."
"I always motivate myself and pray to the God that I will come back soon very strong and now God has given me this chance to shine again," he concluded with the heavy voice.
After struggling to find a major club for the last two years, Nadong finally made it to the top tier team from Punjab.
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