From Staff Correspondent
Shillong, Jan 23: Shillong Lajong FC is away from home for the first time this season to clash against Ashley Westwood’s Blue Army at the Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday at 7pm. The match will be telecasted live on Ten Action.
Lajong kicked off the I-League this season on January 10 in a home match against Mumbai FC and after domiting much of the match, the Reds had to settle for one point, after playing out a goalless draw.
Westwood’s team however, have played two matches already this season and shined on both occasions against Salgaocar FC and Aizawl FC, collecting 6 points in total. Undoubtedly the Blue’s had a good start to the new season of the I-League and are top contenders for the League Championship. They have also strengthened the squad and recently replaced their injured midfielder Joshua Walker with fellow English midfielder Michael Collins.
Meanwhile, Shillong Lajong FC is shaping up into a more confident and stronger team this season and will heavily rely upon on the two Brazilian strikers; Uilliams and Fabio. The two played for the first time together in the previous match and certainly looked promising. The club’s new addition, Japanese Defender Yusuke Yamagata, is yet to make his debut for the Reds. Penn Orji is playing for the second consecutive season for Lajong and is expected to command the team from the midfield and supply good balls to the forwards.
The Young Lajong Squad with an average age of just 22 are aiming for a good result in their first away match of the season under the direction of Head Coach Thangboi Singto. The Lajong gaffer spoke to the Lajong Media, on his team’s first away match. He said, "Everyone knows the importance of the first away match. I believe that the team is getting ready mentally and physically.”