Clubbed in Group-A along with Mumbai FC, Pailan Arrows and Champions of the I-League 2011-12 season, Dempo SC, Shillong Lajong FC begins their campaign against Mumbai FC, who finished 11th in the I-League 2011-12 season, one position behind Shillong Lajong FC.
Lajong will be looking to extend their winning run and play in the same fashion, when they won The North East Super Series, after defeating A-League Club, Wellington Phoenix FC, from New Zealand.
SLFC Head Coach Desmond Bulpin believes that it is important “to stay positive”, and also said that there is no problem playing against the champions, Dempo or going up against Pailan Arrows or facing Mumbai FC. It is a good draw, and it will be interesting to see how the boys respond and play in natural grass as compared to the artificial turf that the team is used to at home, he added.
He also said that, “The pitch is bumpy and it is very hot out here. It is surely not the best conditions to play football, but we have to get on with it and make the best of it because its the same for all the other teams as well.
We have got few injury problems. I am hoping for them to recover and I will be selecting the team tomorrow.
We will be playing Mumbai FC, and it will be a tough game. I hope that the boys will perform well and give their best, and hopefully win our first game against Mumbai FC.”
Newly appointed captain of Shillong Lajong FC, Renedy Singh, who has been under the injury radar for quite a while, will be making a comeback in the Federation Cup Football Tournament,2012.
HEAD TO HEAD
I-League 04-Apr-2012 Mumbai FC 2 – Shillong Lajong FC 1
I-League 11-Dec-2011 Shillong Lajong FC 2 – Mumbai FC 1
Federation Cup 26-Sep-2010 Shillong Lajong FC 0 – Mumbai FC 0
I-League 20-Apr-2010 Shillong Lajong FC 1 – Mumbai FC 1
I-League 20-Jan-2010 Mumbai FC 3 – Shillong Lajong FC 1
The Squad named for the tournament includes:
Sushil Kumar Singh
John D Menyongar
Kiran G Krishanan