Nepali footballer and Persija Jakarta defender Rohit Chand kisses his ‘Most Valuable Player’ award at the end of a Go-Jek Liga 1 football match against Mitra Kukar at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia on Sunday. Photo Courtesy: Robin Chand/ Facebook
KATHMANDU, Dec 10: Nepal national football team defender Rohit Chand has helped his team Persija Jakarta win the Go-Jek Liga 1 title in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Sunday.
In the last league match, Persija defeated Mitra Kukar 2-1 to become the champion winning 18, drawing eight and losing eight of its 34 matches. It accumulated 62 points, one ahead of the second-placed PSM Makassar.
With the title win, Persija has been able to secure its place in the AFC Championship playoff and in the AFC League Cup.
The win has been the first title win for Persija, who ended the league in the fourth place last season.
Chand was instrumental for Persija in the title win as he played 31 out of the 34 matches for the team scoring three goals. Not just that, he also won the ‘most valuable player’ of the tournament. He finished ahead of Persebaya’s David Da Silva and PSM’s Wiljan Pluim.
A product of All Nepal Football Association (ANFA), Chand had started his senior professional career in 2009 playing with Machhindra Club in the Martyr’s Memorial A-Division League.
At the age of 19, he was awarded the best defender award with brilliant performances throughout the league campaign. He then went to play for I-League outfit Hindustan Aeronautics Limited Sporting Club from 2010 to 2012.
After the two seasons with the Indian club, his talent was known throughout South Asia.
He then went to PSPS Pekanbaru in 2012 where he played for a year and spent further two years from 2013 to 2015 in Persija. He scored six goals in 46 games during that period.
Chand was associated with Malaysia’s T-Team in 2016 for a year and joined Manang Marshyangdi Club in 2016. He returned to Persija in 2017.