FC Goa have signed teenage sensation Phrangki Buam on a three-year contract ahead of the 2020-21 Indian Super League.
Hailing from Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya, the 19-year-old attacking midfielder started his playing career with the U-16 and U-18 sides of Royal Wahingdoh FC. He joined Shillong Lajong’s U-18 side in July, 2017 and helped them to the 2017-18 U18 Youth League (Elite League).
The following season, Phrangki was drafted into Lajong’s senior side who were competing in the I-League. Fielding an all-Indian side with an average age of 19, Shillong Lajong were relegated that season – however Buam ended up as the third highest Indian goalscorer in the league with a return of six goals from 20 appearances.
Last year, Phrangki was the top goalscorer in both the Shillong Premier League (10 goals) and the Meghalaya State League (14 goals) as Lajong pulled off a state treble comprising of the SPL, MSL and the U-18 SPL.
Earlier this year before the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, Buam went out on loan to FC Bengaluru United who were playing in the 2nd Division League. He trained under former Head of Player Development at AIFF and current FCBU coach Richard Hood at the club. Deployed as a winger, Phrangki scored two goals in eight appearances before the league was called off due to the pandemic.
Well, it’s an absolute honour for me to join FC Goa. I’m happy and excited. There is real joy in my heart and I am really looking forward to my future as a Gaur.
To be honest, over the past few years, I have become a fan of FC Goa. The style and the mentality to always attack is something that drew me. I watched nearly all the FC Goa games last season and even when I couldn’t, I would watch the whole replay.
So, this is like making my dream move. I hope to now give my best and bring even more success for the team in the times to come.Phrangki Buam
Here’s a compilation of the teenager’s goals in the 2019 Shillong Premier League: