Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh footballer Gumpe Rime joined Tata Football Academy as its new coach. Rime, one of the best known soccer-faces in Northeast India after Baichung Bhutia, has served as the goal-keeping coach of Shillong-based Shillong Lajong Football Club for years.

Rime was also selected for FIFA-AIFA Academy in Bangalore. He said that getting an opportunity to join the FIFA-AIFA Academy was a ‘dream come true’ for any footballer.
     
However, he settled for the TFA purely because of financial consideration.
     
"I am glad that my hard work and dedication has been recognized. I will work harder to develop and nurture young talent for the mainstream Indian football which is the motto of TFA," says Rime.
     
TFA, one of the premier football training academies in India, was conceived in 1983 and inaugurated by Russi Mody on December 28, 1988.
     
The All India Football Federation (AIFF), founded in 1937, gained FIFA's affiliation in 1948.
     
Rime's reputation as a footballer is next to Baichung Bhutia in the Northeast and he played a stellar role in the Arunachal football team's participation in the maiden 10-day Dr T Ao Memorial Football Tournament, organized by the Meghalaya Football Association, last March.
     
The league aims at promoting a healthy competitive spirit and camaraderie in the youth and players of the eight NE states.
     
Rime played for the India youth team in the Asian Youth Championship at Bahrain and has a 'C' certificate (coaching) from the Asian Football Confederation.
     
He has a goalkeeping coach certificate from the German Football Federation.

(Agencies)

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