Early Life of Ngangom Bala Devi
Ngangom Bala Devi was born on 2nd February in the year 1990. She was born in Manipur. Ngangom Bala Devi grew up playing the game with mainly boys. She was a part of the Manipur U19 team that took part in the Under-19 Women's Championship in Assam in 2002.
Later Career of Ngangom Bala Devi
After the tournament, Ngangom Bala Devi was declared the best player of the tournament. She was awarded the same title the next year in 2003. She also earned top-scorer awards at the under-17 level for her state. Eventually, Devi went on to represent the Manipur senior women's team in the India women's football championship. She was very influential in her state winning the women's football championship in 2014, scoring a brace as Manipur defeated Odisha in the final 3-1. This was Manipur's first championship since 2010 and their 17th overall out of 20. While playing with Manipur, Devi was teammates with India captain and AIFF Women's Player of the Year, Oinam Bembem Devi. She finished the tournament scoring 29 goals in seven matches.
Career of Ngangom Bala Devi in 2015
During the 2015 National Games of India, Ngangom Bala Devi represented her state as they won the gold medal. She scored the equalizer in the final against Odisha to make it 1-1 at the Corporation Stadium. The team went on to win the match 4-2 on penalties.
International Career of Ngangom Bala Devi
The first tournament of Ngangom Bala Devi was with the national team, at the under-17 level in 2005. She has represented India at the senior level since 2005. She also represented the Indian women's under-19 side in 2006 and 2007. She was a part of the Indian team that took part in the first women's SAFF Championship in 2010. On 13th December 2010 she scored five goals in India's opening match of the tournament against Bhutan as India won 18-0. India went on to win the tournament, defeating Nepal 1-0.
Ngangom Bala Devi was not included in the Indian squad that won the tournament again in 2012. She did return to the team for the 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup qualifiers in May 2013 but India failed to qualify.
On 27th October 2014, it was announced that Ngangom Bala Devi was selected into the India squad that was to participate in the 2014 SAFF Women's Championship, her first SAFF Championship since 2010. She started the tournament in fantastic form as she scored four goals in the opening match against Maldives. Her form continued into the next match against Bangladesh as she scored a brace in a 5-1 victory for India. Ngangom Bala Devi then scored five more goals in the final group stage match against Afghanistan on 17th November. She finished the group stage with eleven goals from three matches.
During the semi-final against Sri Lanka Devi scored only once in a 5-0 thrashing. However, in the final, Devi managed to find the net four times as India defeated Nepal 6-0 to claim their third straight SAFF Championship crown.
Devi finished the 2014 SAFF Championship with sixteen goals in only five matches. Due to her performance in the tournament, Devi was awarded the Women's Player of the Year award by the All India Football Federation.
Personal life of Ngangom Bala Devi
Ngangom Bala Devi is a semi-professional footballer. He works as a policewoman for the Manipur Police Department. She completed her education at the Oinam College of Nambol.
(Last Updated on : 09-07-2015)
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