Shillong Lajong F.C.

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Shillong Lajong F.C.
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Full name Shillong Lajong Football Club
Nickname(s) Reds
Founded 1983; 35 years ago (1983)
Ground Nehru Stadium, Shillong, Meghalaya
Ground Capacity 30,000
Owner Shillong Lajong Pvt. Ltd.
Chairman P.D. Sawyan
Manager Bobby Nongbet
League I-League
2016–17 I-League, 5th
Website Club website
Current season

Shillong Lajong Football Club is an Indian professional football club which is based in Shillong, Meghalaya, India and plays in the Indian I-League. The club was established in 1983 with the prime objective of improving the declining standard of football in the state, and to spot, train and nurture local talent. In the local Khasi language Lajong translates to "our own".[1]

Headquartered in Shillong, Lajong has access to the largest student population in the North-East and hence the football talent right from a young age. Lajong is under professional management and has a strong fan base across the North-East, which is being actively developed. Shillong Lajong had an average attendance of 11,308 for the 2013–14 season of I-League.

History[edit]

During the finals of the Meghalaya Invitation Cup in 1982, two football enthusiasts Shri Kitdor Syiem and Shri P. D. Sawyan saddened by the continuous failure of the Shillong teams to make it to the final stages of the tournament formed a football club to reverse the trend.

Together with a group of friends and supporters, they commissioned a semi-professional club aptly called Lajong Football Club literally translating into "Our own" or "of the people".

In 1983, the club played in the 3rd Division of the Shillong Sports Association League and was the champion being then promoted to the 2nd Division and similarly the same year in 1984 was promoted to the First Division of the league. Things started to change rapidly after the title clash for the Shillong Championship was inevitably poised against the Blue Max FC another professionally organized club which later changed itself Langsning Sports Club of today. It was only in 1989 that Lajong FC finally annexed the championship for the first time.

In 1990, Lajong FC became the Meghalaya Invitation Cup champion beating Nabajyoti FC the Guwahati champions in the finals, seven years after its maiden entry.

In 2009, Lajong FC joined the I-League 2nd Division which is the second highest national league in India. After one season in the second division Lajong was promoted to the I-League, which is the highest league in India.

Shillong Lajong gained promotion to the I-League for the 2009–10 season, and had appointed former Salgaocar and East Bengal coach Stanley Rozario for their first season in India's top flight.[2]

They played their first match in I-League in 2009 and lost to JCT FC 1–5. In their first ever home match in the I-League, they defeated Air India 3–0 in front of 30,000 people. In their second home match, they lost to Mohun Bagan 2–1, in front of a home crowd of 30,000.

At the end of the I-League season, Shillong was relegated to the 2nd division of I-League, the I-League 2nd Division after finishing the season in last place.

For the 2011 season, Shillong participated in the I-League 2nd Division. Due to Shillong hosting the 2011 I-League 2nd Division Final Round, they were able to skip the group stages and go straight into the Final Round.

They ended their one-year stint in the I-League 2nd Division with a 1–0 victory over Mohammedan SC on May 13, 2011 after which they got promoted back to the I-League for 2011–12.

Colours[edit]

The official colours of Lajong are Red and White. The home jersey is all red while the away jersey is all white.

Stadiums[edit]

Shillong Lajong F.C. are using the Nehru Stadium in Shillong as their home stadium for games in Shillong.

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2009—2010 Adidas Nokia
2010—2014 Aircel
2014—2017 Gionee
2017— Nivia Sports TBA

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 8 January 2018[3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 India GK Nidhin Lal
3 India DF Rakesh Pradhan
4 India MF F. Lalrohlua
6 India DF Kynsailang Khongsit
7 Nigeria MF Daniel Odafin
9 India FW Samuel Lalmuanpuia (Captain)
10 Ivory Coast FW Abdoulaye Koffi
11 India MF Hardy Nongbri
12 India MF Samuel Kynshi
15 India MF Novin Gurung
18 Yemen MF Aiman Al-Hagri
19 India FW Redeem Tlang
21 South Korea DF Oh Joo-ho
No. Position Player
23 India FW Sheen Stevenson Sohktung
22 India MF Lalrammuana
24 India FW Shaiborlang Kharpan
25 India MF Alen Deory
27 India DF Aibanbha Dohling
28 Equatorial Guinea DF Lawrence Doe
30 India MF Sr. Kagaly Anal
32 India GK Neithovilie Chalieu
33 India DF Allen Lyngdoh
34 India GK Phurba Lachenpa
35 India DF Kenstar Kharshong
38 India MF Donboklang Lyngdoh
The Gambia FW Saihou Jagne

Team Management[edit]

As of 21 November 2017[4]
Position Name
Head Coach India Bobby Nongbet
Assistant Coach India Alison Kharsyntiew
Team Manager India Birendra Thapa
Physiotherapist India Lucky Kitbok Kharmalki

Honours[edit]

Domestic[edit]

Winners (1): 2011
Runners-up (1): 2009–10
Winners (2): 2014, 2015[5][6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]