In this article, we will introduce you to Talimeren Ao who served India as its First Football Captain and is now serving Nagaland as a doctor. The legendary story of Talimeren Ao will surely inspire you. He generally goes by names T Ao, or Tay Ao, or Dr. Tay. One of the greatest footballers of its time, Talimeren’s life is no less than a roller coaster ride.
First Football Captain for Indian team who was a flag bearer for Indian Olympics at 1948 London Games was once Mohun Bagan Captain. Ao was born in Changki in 1918 near Naga hills in district Assam. Aos was one of the 16 tribes in Nagaland. The father of Talimeren was the only reverend there.
Unfortunately, his father died at an early age because of typhoid but he did give Talimeren his motto of life. His last wish from Ao was he wants him to become a doctor and to serve people of Nagaland as a doctor. He kept his father’s wish in his mind and kept moving forward in life with the same motto.
He worked really hard to get into a medical school. In 1933, at Jorhat Mission School, Ao started playing football. He had proper exposure of football there. Four years later he was a professional football player, he went to Guwahati, Cotton College in 1937 and got trained at Maharana club which is Assam’s largest football Club.
Ao’s position in football was gradually increasing but he also had his father’s wish in mind. In 1942 he finally got a Seat in a medical school in Carmichael Medical College in Kolkata.
Meanwhile, his old friend from Maharana Club in Assam has started playing for Mohun Bagan. He was then joined by Ao. Ao’s amazing skills led him to the captaincy of Mohun Bagan. Then he was chosen as the captain for Indian National Team. That year India was made it to the London Olympics and the medical college in Kolkata allowed Ao for one year leave so that he could play for the country.
Unfortunately, India didn’t win the cup but it surely won a lot of hearts. That same year, Ao joined his medical course again and graduated in the year 1950. He returned to Nagaland and served the people as an Assistant Civil Surgeon then he retired as the director of health services in 1978. Ao died in 1998 at the age of 80.