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Himanshu Jangra – The Rising Star



Himanshu Jangra

Himanshu Jangra – The Rising Star

Himanshu Jangra is an Indian footballer who currently plays for Delhi FC in the DSA Senior division. Jangra is a product of the Minerva Punjab Academy and he made his way into the academy when he impressed the academy scouts during a trial in 2016. Minerva had snapped up the player in 2016 as they were impressed with his quality and style of play.


Youth Career

Jangra showed his capability as he managed to bag 18 goals in the Hero Sub Junior League I, his performances in the league caught the attention of the Indian National team scouts who were eager to see him play in the u-15 SAFF Championship.

The 17-year-old had again made his mark as he helped his team win the Hero Sub Junior League I by scoring 9 goals in the tournament. Himanshu was called up for the u-15 SAFF Championship and the Indian forward scored two consecutive hat tricks to secure the gold medal for team India.

Jangra featured for Punjab reserve side when they played against AU Rajasthan, finding the back of the net twice when he faced the Rajasthani team. His performance against Rajasthan helped him in being promoted to the senior team where he went on to make 5 appearances for the club.

Kolkata-based professional club Mohammedan S.C signed the young forward, however making only one appearance for the club. He was again on the move signing for Techtro Swades United FC for the 2020 Himachal Football League season. He ended the season being the top scorer as he fired 5 goals in 4 appearances for the team.


The Move To Delhi FC

On June 12th, 2021, he signed for DSA Senior Division club Delhi FC. The club participated in 2021 Delhi 2nd division Qualifiers with the aim of qualifying for the I League 2nd division. Jangra was again in the spotlight as he managed to create 3 goals in a 7-o rout against Rangers SC. The team was undefeated in the group stage and they marched on towards the qualifying stage with one thing in mind, to win the qualifiers.

Jangra scored his first goal for the club against Indian Air Force in the final. Despite losing to them on penalties Delhi FC were still nominated to play in the I league 2nd division. Many scouts had kept an eye on Jangra as they were impressed with his performances in the 2nd division qualifiers. Hence they were planning to lure him away from Delhi FC, however the striker had brushed aside any transfer rumours emerging as he said that he was fully committed to playing for Delhi FC.

He was part of the club’s impressive run in the Durand cup 2021. Delhi FC had beaten Indian Super League giants Kerala Blasters by a goal however a 1-0 victory was enough for the club to book its quarter-final spot. Delhi FC, unfortunately, crashed out of the tournament as they were thrashed by FC Goa 5-0.

Jangra scored his second goal for the club when they defeated Kerala United FC in the 2021 I league qualifiers preliminary stage. Jangra’s impressive form couldn’t help Delhi FC qualify for the I league as they were knocked out in the final stage of qualifiers.


The future of Indian Football?

The young prospect has garnered a lot of attention recently as he is dubbed to be the next ‘Sunil Chetri’, Himanshu’s technical skills and eye for goal has made him into a lethal forward, and his ability to find the back of the net worries defenders. Jangra’s pace and versatility has made him into a modern-day striker who can not only run behind the channels but also use his frame to protect the ball and contribute to the build-up play.

On 7th October 2021, he was included in The Guardians 60 Next Generation players list, he became only the second Indian to be named in the list after Bikash Yumnam made it in the 2020 list. It will be interesting to see how he fairs going forward as he has the potential to be a world-class striker who could dominate the proceedings of the game and it is just a matter of time before he finds himself on the roster of any of the ISL (Indian Super League) teams.


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