Rohit Chand Thakuri
(born 1 March 1992) is a professional Nepalese footballer who plays as a midfielder for Liga 1 club Persija Jakarta and the Nepal national team. During his teenage years, Chand was heavily linked to clubs such as Arsenal, Tottenham, and Lille.
Rohit Chand Thakuri was born in Surkhet, Nepal. He started playing football at the age of eight with his brother Rabin Chand Thakuri, who is also a semi-professional footballer, at the age of 13 he was selected for ANFA academy. Chand’s tour in Iran with the U-16 national team in 2008 was the turning point of his career. At the age of 16, Chand was called up to the senior national team even though he hadn’t played any games both at club and U-19 team’s level. This allowed Chand to propel his professional football career quickly in Nepal.
Machhindra Football Club
Chand’s first professional club in Nepal’s top flight was Machhindra Football Club. Chand’s play had brought him four Man of the Match awards during the league campaign and his play at the back had been one of the highlights of Machhindra’s season. The young stopper has led a defense that doesn’t leak too many goals, but he also can be a threat moving up the pitch. Chand had shown his leadership qualities and captained Machhindra. He was awarded best defender of the year award for his spectacular play during the 2067B.S.(2010–11) league season. Machhindra FC also reached the semifinals of the British Gurkha Cup that season.
In 2010, he transferred to HAL SC of the I-League in India.
On 2 January 2012 it was reported that Chand had signed a 6-month contract with the club after trying his luck in Europe. In April, Chand scored a hat-trick in I-League match but despite his efforts his team went on to lose the match. And his efforts were not enough to prevent HAL from relegation in the I-League. His contract at HAL SC expired in 2012 after they were relegated from the top tier of I-League.
Rohit Chand gave a trial at Indonesia Liga Side Arema where he was able to give an average performance, although he was not selected by the team. Later he was signed by another Indonesian side PSPS Pekanbaru on a 10 months.
In May 2013 he signed a 5-month contract with the Indonesian side Persija Jakarta in the Indonesia Super League. He was then nominated for the Young player of the year award for the same season in the Indonesian league. After his best performance he has been awarded with 2 years of Contract with the same club. Rohit will be staying in Persija Jakarta till end of 2015.
Rohit has trained with the club for more than one and half months until 25 December 2013. He was offered with 6 months contract for reserved team as like Indian Goalkeeper Subrata Paul . Rohit’s Manager Rabindra Chand denied the offer and placed Rohit to ISL club.
Rohit signed a year deal with Malaysian Outfit T-Team FC in January 2016.
Return to Persija Jakarta
After a brief spell for local Nepalese club Manang Marshyangdi, it was announced that Chand had returned to Indonesian club, Persija Jakarta.