Topden Mishael Karthak
Kalimpong has its own history of producing fine Footballers with some representing and even captaining the national team. Lt. Mr. Pem Dorji, Mr. Ravilal Lama, Mr. Urgen Lama (Mini), Mr. Ran Bahadur Basnet and many such names come to my mind.
The present generation of footballers from Kalimpong has taken football to new heights. There are many exceptional players here who are doing well and has the potential and skill to shine professionally in India and abroad.
Here are my Top 5 active footballers from Kalimpong:
Skills: A Prolific striker, currently playing for United Brothers Kalimpong has the ability to score in front of goals and also play as a fantastic midfielder makes him unique. His potential to change the course of a game impresses me and easily makes it to my top five picks.
About: 26 years old, Cho Tshering Lepcha was born in Pelling Nimbong. His fantastic performances in local tournaments gave him much needed attention and got his break as a professional footballer with Bhawanipur Club Kolkata back in 2010. He also played for Rainbow FC in the Kolkata Super Division in 2011 and 12, for Kalighat MS in 2013.
Cho Tshering Lepcha was awarded with the prestigious Gostha Pal award by the University of Kolkata for his outstanding performance for Mohammedan SC. He also represented Mohammedan SC in their I League 2nd division campaign. He is currently playing for Bardez FC Goa.
Skill: Super Talented striker, hard-working and undoubtedly one of the finest talents from Kalimpong.
3. Sonam Lepcha:
About: 23 years old, born in Kalimpong picked up his passion early right from his school days where he represented the school team in various tournaments. He was also part of the Share FC team that won the Sukna Gold Cup in 2012. He was signed by Todo FC for their 2015-16 North East Tamchon campaign where he won the Man of the Tournament award. 2016 he played for Jewels FC (Tripura). Sonam once again bagged the Man of the Tournament award with Jewels FC. Sonam Bagged another Man of the Tournament award in the Assam Premier League while playing for Trinayanjyoti FC. Sonam also represented Vivekananda Club in Siliguri league and Madhur Milan Sangh in the Siliguri Premier League.
Skills: Currently playing for United Brothers Kalimpong, with blistering pace, exceptional skills, leadership quality and clinical in front of goal makes him one of the best talents in Kalimpong.
Skills: A very strong, versatile and an outstanding defender with tremendous leadership skills. He is one of the finest defenders in Kalimpong.
Jyels also shared a message with Goalie365, “Players from the Hills have always been neglected in the past as well as in the present. We have the potential to play in Top-tier Leagues of India but we never get an opportunity to showcase our talents.”
Skills: Currently he is training with I-League 2nd Division side Rainbow FC. A versatile winger who has the ability to play in both left and right wings. He probably has the record of sending remarkable crosses from the wings and makes it to my top five picks without a question.
So these are my top 5 active players from Kalimpong. There are more great talents in Kalimpong, so If you think there are more players that deserves to be on this list, please do suggest us down in the comments section.
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