Hero Indian Super League (ISL) outfit Kerala Blasters FC have extended the contract of defender Hormipam Ruivah that sees him in the yellow of the Blasters until 2027, the club announced the extension through their social media handles on Sunday.

Hailing from Somdal, a small village in Manipur, Hormipam’s passion for football is an awe-inspiring reflection of his dedication and drive.

Despite many hurdles through his early years, Hormipam remained focused and got his first break in 2016 when he was selected for the SAI academy.

His football career grew steadily ever since, with his aggressive style of defending earning him plenty of praise. In 2021, Hormipam was signed by Kerala Blasters FC, in a season where his partnership with Croatian defender Marko Leskovic at the back end of the formation, played a pivotal role in the club eventually reaching the Hero ISL finals.

Hormipam has already been a part of the national team set-up at all levels. He made his national team debut against Belarus in an international friendly last year.

The centre-back has 38 appearances so far for the club, a number that will surely increase over the course of his next 5 years with the club.

Commenting on the extension, Karolis Skinkys, Sporting Director of Kerala Blasters FC, said:

“Hormipam has been one the most hardworking members of our squad ever since he played his first game for us. There’s been an active effort on his part to constantly improve and get better with every passing fixture.

This work ethic has helped him string together some very impressive performances. He is still young and you can see his game improving even further with more experience. Wishing him nothing but the best for the upcoming season.”

Hormipam Ruivah said :

“It is a matter of great honour for me to represent a club like Kerala Blasters FC. I want to thank the club for believing in me and backing me. Their confidence in me inspires me to improve further.

My time with the Kerala Blasters FC family has rewarded me with plenty of great memories and going forward I hope to create many more such moments with my team-mates and the club.”