Shillong Lajong Football Club embarks on a fresh season campaign and will be seen in action at the new edition of the Federation Cup 2014-15. This year Goa will play host to the annual knockout club football tournament.
Shillong Lajong were placed in Group B during the draw along with Pune FC, Salgaocar, Mohun Bagan & Bengaluru FC and will face Pune FC in their first match on the 29th of December, Monday at the Tilak Maidan Goa.
Lajong’s Federation Cup squad this year consists of the academy boys who have earned the opportunity to play in the club’s senior team after their impressive run during the Shillong Premier League which also led to winning the Championship Trophy.
The junior boys who have made it to the senior team this year include Vishal Kaith, Nitin Meel, Nim Dorjee Tamang, Sandeep Singh, Pritam Kumar Singh, Rupert Nongrum, Jacob Lalrawngbawla, Joseph Lalfakzuala, Lalrammuana, Bipin Singh and Redeem Tlang – who will play along with senior players like Aiborlang Khongjee, Durga Boro, Boithang Haokip, Robin Gurung, Kunzang Bhutia, Seiminlen Doungel, Samuel Shadap, David Ngaihte & Milan Singh.
The Shillong Lajong team departed for Goa on Saturday Morning and Coach Thangboi hopes to guide them through a successful run in the tournament this year.
Speaking from Goa, Coach Thangboi Singto said; “Our Federation Cup preparations could have been better. We wish we had more time to train together as a team”.
“However, we go with a positive approach for our first match against Pune FC on Monday. We are taking the cream of our young talented boys to give them exposure to a higher level of competition. Though Pune FC will be a very tough opponent, I believe the boys are ready to prove themselves and help the team to do well in this year’s Federation Cup”, he said.