Ninthoinganba Meetei, fondly known as Ninthoi was signed by NorthEast United FC following a terrific 2018-19 campaign for the Indian Arrows. He played 15 Hero I-League matches for the Arrows and scored twice. Ninthoi was also part of the Arrows' Hero Super Cup 2019 squad and played both matches. He rose to prominence after being selected for the India U-17 squad for the 2017 FIFA World Cup. Ninthoi had a formidable Hero ISL debut with NorthEast United FC, making 11 appearances and averaging 18 passes a game. Retained ahead of the 2020-21 season, he will look to play a telling role for the Highlanders.