Imran Khan (Manipur)
Hailing from a small village near Imphal, Imran Khan comes from a very humble background. He was raised by a single mother who used to sell vegetables to meet the month’s end and seeing his mother work so hard for the family taught him the lesson of never giving up in life. The midfielder started his youth career with Eastern Sporting Union at the age of 10 and by the age of 16, he made his professional debut with SSU Football Club in the Manipur State League. He then moved to Mohameddan SC to play in the I-League before returning back to join NEROCA FC and in the year 2016, he was adjudged as the Manipur Footballer of the Year for his exceptional performance in the state league. After various spells at I-League and 2nd Division clubs, Imran finally joined NorthEast United FC prior to the 2020-21 season and made 6 appearances for the Highlanders during the last season. Imran, who idolises Mesut Ozil, scored his first goal in a 3-3 thrilling encounter against Chennaiyin FC last season.