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Mirinchui Vashum, the 8-year-old son of former East Bengal and India international midfielder Reisangmei Vashum, is already a new sensation in Manipur football. He already has drawn the attention of the football fraternity of Manipur by his speed, dribbling skill, and hard-working attitude. In a recently-held baby league organized by the Manipur state sports ministry, Mirinchui Vashum helped his district Ukhrul to win the title through his consistent show and efforts. Manipur’s veteran and experienced football coaches, including Maniratan Singh, appreciated Mirinchui’s sense and passion toward the game. Even, his performance has drawn the attraction of former international footballers of Manipur like Gouramangi Singh, and Renedy Singh.
Mirinchui Vashum: The Beginning
Mirinchui started kicking the ball at the age of four. That time he used to kick a rubber ball at home. He usually got support from his father and mother and started learning the game at Ukhrul Football Academy which is run by Vashum. Mirinchui was five years old at that time. Then he became popular also in his Mikina Home School where he regularly played football. Now Mirinchui trains at Ukhrul Football Academy. Interestingly, Vashum has another son Yirreising who is only six years old. But according to Vashum,
“Yirreising is also inspired by his elder brother’s performance and exuberance. Now, he is also going to ground every morning to training.”
Mikina Home School where Mirinchui is a 5th-standard student, is now highly influenced by Mirinchui’s consistent performance which helped the district to win Baby Football League.
Vashum who is now working as the mentor and spotter of Khelo India Games district football said,
“The principal of Mikina Home School was highly moved by Mirinchui’s basic skill and his tenacity for the game. So, inspired by him, the principal has already initiated to build a football team that will be participating in the Manipur school football tournament. The principal has also requested me to train the boys twice or thrice a week.”
Significantly, RoundGlass Punjab, the I-League champions this season had conducted their pre-season preparatory camp and scouting of Indian footballers before the League started this season. Vashum revealed,
“They trained at our Ukhrul Football Academy ground and watched Mirinchui practicing with our boys. The Indian coach of RoundGlass was so impressed that they promised me to take Mirinchui to their academy in near future.”
Vashum is careful about his elder son. Whenever Mirinchui does not go to training or during the monsoon time, he practices dribbling and other technique at home under the supervision of his father. Vashum said,
“I must have to be careful so that he does not get complacent. He has to go long way.”