NEW DELHI: Legendary Indian footballer Oinam Bembem Devi has announced that she will retire from the game after the upcoming AIFF 21st senior women’s national tournament.
Reflecting on her magnificent journey, the 35-year-old midfielder said in Facebook post, “I have been lucky enough to have had a wonderful career representing my country for 20 years and the State team for 24 years. The upcoming AIFF 21st senior women national will be the last tournament I would play for the state team. It's been an incredible journey and I enjoyed every moment of playing.”
The Manipur player, who had the distinction of playing in a foreign league, was signed by Maldives side New Radiant in 2014 where she emerged as the highest scorer, smashing six goals in three matches.
Bembem, who became the national team captain in 2003, led India to their first major title at the 2010 South Asian Games. She was also named as the AIFF Women’s footballer of the year in 2001 and 2013.