Football runs in the blood for Martina

Thanks to her tall and powerful frame, 15-year-old Martina Thokchom literally stands head and shoulders above her teammates as they train at the Mumbai Football Arena. The Indian U-17 Women’s World Cup squad is currently in Mumbai ahead of the much-awaited U17 Women’s Football Tournament 2019 that begins on Friday (December 13, 2019).

A powerful central midfielder, Martina’s interest was sparked in the beautiful game by her father Thokchom Sanatomba — a former state-level footballer himself. “I used to play football in our house with my father from the time I was a kid,” she recalls.

“He was a football player himself, and I developed a passion for the game very early. Seeing my interest, my mother enrolled me into a local grassroots programme when I was 10 or 11. I just continued playing. My parents have always been really supportive and have encouraged me to play.”

Hailing from Yourbung in Manipur, Martina represented KRYHPSA where she was trained by current Indian Senior Women’s National Team Assistant Coach Chaoba Devi, and rubbed shoulders with many other players from the team — including her role model Dangmei Grace.

“I learned a lot training under Chaoba ma’am. The senior players keep talking to me and encourage me to give my best. It is a wonderful feeling to be appreciated by them. Seeing them win titles for India inspires me. I want to do the same and make my nation and family proud,” Martina explains.

Most players want to be strikers and score goal after goal when they begin playing but for Martina — there is something she loves even more than finding the net right from the beginning.

“I have been a midfielder from the start because I just love giving through-passes. It’s a really amazing feeling when a teammate scores from my through-pass,” she quipped with a wide smile.

Her height gives her an added advantage as well. “I really enjoy scoring from headers as well. I go up every chance I get and I am glad I can give my team the chance to score from corners using my head.”

Martina was selected as a probable for the India U-17 team after her performances for Manipur at the Hero Junior Women’s NFC in April earlier this year. She was also part of the team that won four matches in a row in Hong Kong two months later. Since then, she feels she has improved a lot in various departments and credited coaches Thomas Dennerby and Alex Ambrose for their role in it.

“I have learned a lot about the basics of the game from the coaches in the last few months and I feel I have improved in all the different aspects such as passing, shooting and heading. I have improved physically as well thanks to the different type of exercises we do,” she remarked.

With India set to host the FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup next year, Martina is determined to put her best foot forward in order to nail down a place in the Indian line-up for event. “Playing in the World Cup will be a dream come true and I am excited that India is hosting it. However, I know that I have to make sacrifices and keep working hard for it.”


Click on the LINK for Fixtures, Points Table and Live Updates on WIFA Women’s Football League 

For Trial related updates: Latest trials updates in Mumbai Football

Also Read: WIFA Women’s Football League: Jahnavi stars in Spark FC’s commendable win

Also Read: WIFA Women’s Football League: Pratima, Namrata shines in PIFA SC’s massive win

We would love to hear your Feedback on your Football Counter experience

Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for all the latest happenings in the world of Indian football.

Sterling FA to conduct trials for MDFA 1st division team

Mumbai First Division side Sterling Football Academy will be conducting trials for their MDFA 1st Division campaign this Saturday 22nd Feb Sterling Football Academy will be fielding a team in…


Ex-Servicemen Social Education and Sports foundation to conduct trials for MDFA 1st & 3rd Division reams

Ex-Servicemen social education and sports foundation will be conducting trials for their MDFA 1st Division & 3rd Division sides The first round of trials for MDFA club Ex-Servicemen social education and…


MDFA to host trials for WIFA Inter District Men’s Open Football Championship

The Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA), the governing body for football in Mumbai district is set to host their coaching camps and selection trials for the WIFA Inter District Men’s…


Trials for Inter-District Football Championship to be held on 21st December

The Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA) will hold trials for the Girls-Inter District Football Championship to be held in Palghar in January 2020 Interested players must be at the venue…


MDFA Super Division side India Culture league to conduct trials

India Culture League (ICL) will be holding trials for their senior team which would be participating in MDFA Super Division The team will be playing under the guidance of Coach Mr….


Mumbai Ultras FC to conduct open trials

Mumbai Ultras FC, who will feature in the MDFA Super Division, will be conducting try-outs for city footballers this Thursday Footballers from the city and its suburbs have an opportunity to showcase…


Maurya Foundation to conduct trial for TDFA Senior Division League

Maurya Foundation has announced that they will be conducting trials for the upcoming Thane District football Association Senior Division league on 23rd & 24th November 2019. The trials will go underway…


Sportsfort Academy to host trials for age group 6-16

Mumbai based Sportsfort Academy to conduct trials for age groups category (U-6 to U-16) on 2nd and 3rd November.  Sportsfort Academy is a high excellence and premium academy aimed at…


MDFA Elite side Kenkre Football Club to host trials for 2019-20 Season

Kenkre Football Club will host their trials for the 2019-20 season on 22nd and 24th of October 2019. Over the years, Kenkre Football Club has become one of the top…


Wadoo Football School to organize football trials for girls for MDFA & WIFA Women’s League

Wadoo Football School of Excellence will organize their football trials for girls. The academy is owned by former Indian footballer, Mr Mehrajuddin Wadoo. The trial is scheduled for creating a…