After representing his home state of Mizoram at the sub-junior level, Hmingthanmawia signed his first professional contract with Aizawl FC in 2016 where he turned out for both, their junior and senior sides. Belovedly known as Valpuia, he was roped in by the Islanders ahead of the 2019-20 season, following a strong campaign in the I-league for Aizawl FC.
Valpuia made his debut for Mumbai City FC in October 2019 against Odisha FC at the Mumbai Football Arena and made his first start later in the season versus NorthEast United FC, again at the home of the Islanders. Having featured in four matches in his debut ISL season, the 21-year-old defender is yet to make his first appearance under Sergio Lobera.
“I feel it’s a privilege for a young player like me to have the opportunity to be a part of the best club in India. Playing and training here under coach Sergio Lobera and with my teammates is making me a better player every day. Nothing comes without hard work and I want to keep learning and growing. I have a lot to prove and I want to thank the everyone at the club, including the head coach, my teammates, the staff and the fans for having my back. I promise to repay their faith and give my all for this incredible family.”
Head Coach, Sergio Lobera said:
“Our focus is not only on winning trophies, but also on improving the level of Indian players and Valpuia is a fine young professional. No doubt, he didn’t get a game last season, but he has shown us during continuously in training what he can do on a football pitch. He is a very promising talent and has that hunger of doing better every day. We’re looking forward to helping him continue his development and I hope he has a long and a bright future ahead at Mumbai City FC.”
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