Hats off: Ex-India footballer Gouramangi Singh in awe of pilot wife airlifting stranded Indians


Flying the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Commander Pushpanjali Potsangbam has been airlifting Indians stranded in totally different components of the world and bringing them again dwelling amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

But the New Delhi-based Air India pilot has not been in a position to meet her husband, well-known India footballer Gouramangi Singh, for the previous 4 months as she received all the way down to quietly go about her process.

As a Commander with Air India, the Manipuri girl is an element of the federal government’s Vande Bharat mission to rescue stranded Indians from the world over.

The former India central defender, whose foray into natural farming just lately created fairly a buzz, feels fearful and proud on the similar time.

“It feels good when one of your own is trying to do something for the country during a time as unprecedented as this. I understand it’s a very difficult and stressful job. Yes, I would be lying if I say it doesn’t worry me,” Gouramangi advised PTI.

Pushpanjali has been working with the nation’s greatest service for the previous 11 years, having began out as a primary officer.

“Last week she was in Lagos (Africa) for bringing back Indian citizens stuck there. She only operates on the international sectors,” stated the 34-year-old.

It just isn’t straightforward when one has to bear the Covid-19 check thrice for working a single flight — earlier than departure for vacation spot, on arrival at base after which one other after 5 days of touching down at one’s base.

“It is very stressful and then there is always that fear of the virus. Hats off to them, my wife and all her colleagues who are on the frontline like doctors and nurses,” a proud husband stated.

Gouramagi set to reunite along with his wife

He has waited lengthy sufficient and is now set to go to the nationwide capital and reunite along with his wife.

“I am coming there in the next few days. Delhi has been my second home for some years now.”

Gouramangi is one of essentially the most embellished gamers in Indian soccer in latest instances — having received the National Football League, Federation Cup and I-League titles, together with the AIFF Player of the Year award in 2010.

He was additionally a component of India’s triumphant Nehru Cup campaigns in 2007 and 2009 and the AFC Asian Cup in 2011, the place he scored the staff’s opener towards Bahrain.

He is hoping that the state of affairs normalises and sporting actions resume.

“I understand we all are helpless but we can’t be hopeless. I have heard the AIFF is trying to arrange a competition when things improve a bit and then get the go-ahead to decide the winner of second division league and find a qualifier for the I-league,” he stated.

After a profitable 14-year profession as an expert footballer, Gouramangi signed up as the primary staff coach for FC Bengaluru United, which performs in the nation’s second division league.

Besides, the participant with 71 worldwide appearances had someday in the past teamed up with entrepreneur Karan Huidrom to open KaGo Football Training Centre (KFTC) with its personal synthetic turf for growth of grassroots soccer in Manipur.

It is principally meant to draw aspiring gamers, girls and boys, from the age of 6 years and onwards. KFTC additionally at the moment has the U-13, U-15 and U-18 groups competing in the AMFA organised Manipur Youth League.

Having made a reputation for himself via soccer, it has been his lengthy want to present again to the game by serving to produce world class footballers from his secure.

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