|Place of birth Manipur, India|
Name Ngangom Devi
Date joined 2005
2006–2007 India U19
|Date of birth (1990-02-02) 2 February 1990 (age 25)|
Current team India women's national football team (Forward)
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Ngangom Bala Devi (born 2 February 1990) is an Indian women's footballer who plays as a forward for the India women's team and the Manipur women's team.She was the captain of the Indian national team. She also played the qualifiers of the Indian Women's League with Eastern Sporting Union.
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- Personal life
Born in Manipur, Devi grew up playing the game with mainly boys. She was a part of the Manipur U19 team that took part in the Under-19 Women's Championship in Assam in 2002. After the tournament she was declared the best player of the tournament. She was awarded the same title the next year in 2003. She also earned top-scorer awards at the under-17 level for her state. Eventually, Devi went on to represent the Manipur senior women's team in the India women's football championship. She was very influential in her state winning the women's football championship in 2014, scoring a brace as Manipur defeated Odisha in the final 3–1. This was Manipur's first championship since 2010 and their 17th overall out of 20. While playing with Manipur, Devi was teammates with India captain and AIFF Women's Player of Year, Oinam Bembem Devi. She finished the tournament scoring 29 goals in seven matches.
During the 2015 National Games of India, Devi represented her state as they won the gold medal. She scored the equalizer in the final against Odisha to make it 1–1 at the Corporation Stadium. The team went on to win the match 4–2 on penalties.
Devi's first tournament with the national team was at the under-17 level in 2005. She has represented India at the senior level since 2005. She also represented the India women's under-19 side in 2006 and 2007. She was a part of the India team that took part in the first women's SAFF Championship in 2010. On 13 December 2010 she scored five goals in India's opening match of the tournament against Bhutan as India won 18–0. India went on to win the tournament, defeating Nepal 1–0. She scored total 8 goals in 5 matches.
Despite being a part of the 2010 winning team, Devi was not included in the India squad that won the tournament again in 2012. She did return to the team for the 2014 AFC Women's Asian Cup qualifiers in May 2013 but India failed to qualify.
On 27 October 2014, it was announced that Devi was selected into the India squad that was to participate in the 2014 SAFF Women's Championship, her first SAFF Championship since 2010. She started the tournament in fantastic form as she scored four goals in the opening match against Maldives. Her form continued into the next match against Bangladesh as she scored a brace in a 5–1 victory for India. Devi then scored five more goals in the final group stage match against Afghanistan on 17 November. She finished the group stage with eleven goals from three matches.
During the semi-final against Sri Lanka Devi scored only once in a 5–0 thrashing. However, in the final, Devi managed to find the net four times as India defeated Nepal 6–0 to claim their third straight SAFF Championship crown.
Devi finished the 2014 SAFF Championship with sixteen goals in only five matches. Due to her performance in the tournament, Devi was awarded the Women's Player of the Year award by the All India Football Federation. Also awarded in the next year 2015 Indian Women's Player of the Year. In 2016 South Asian Games she scored 3 goals in 5 matches. She also captained India women's national football team in 2016 SAFF Women's Championship. She also clinched the title first time as a captain.
A semi-professional footballer, Devi also works as a policewoman for the Manipur Police Department. She completed her education at the Oinam THAMBAL MARK College of OINAM.