The 35-year-old stated that the Red's main objective is to finish in the top half of the I-League standings...Shillong Lajong's general secretary, Larsing Ming believes that his side's performance in the nation's top division has been quite satisfactory after ten rounds of matches.
"I'm not too aware to what the general talk and expectations from the footballing fraternity has been. As far we (Lajong) were concerned, our basic objective was to finish in the top half of the league and touch the number seven position," he told Goal.com.
"In that regard we're still falling short. We're not exactly seventh at the moment. We are ninth, but having said that, we have three more matches to go in the first leg. Considering that, we were facing most of the top half teams in the initial matches in the league, I think our position so far is quite satisfactory."
Ming went on to reflect on the North-east side's progress since they entered the top flight arena of Indian football.
"You might understand we are quite a new team as far as playing in the national level is concerned. The first time we got promoted to the I-League we finished 14th and got relegated - that was in 2009-10 season," he recalled. "We subsequently won in the second division, so you could say [that] we were [among] the top 15 teams in the country in 2010-11. We finished 10th in the league last year, so obviously our objective is to continue that graph (of progress)."
Asked whether the club will be looking to sign the fourth foreigner in the January transfer window, he replied, "Depending on how the team fares and once we do a little bit of recap after the first leg, we will look into the options of filling in the fourth slot if required."
Shillong Lajong FC are also set to organise "Soccer Camps" from the 19th until the end of the month for kids under the age of 13 across the state of Meghalaya which will be conducted by John Godbold, an UEFA "A" Licence Coach who has worked at Queens Park Rangers and Crystal Palace in England.
Ming said, "The idea is basically a two-point agenda. One is to conduct a programe at the grassroot area for kids to showcase their talent and also enable us to select talent from these camps.
"We are also organising a coaching seminar open for all coaches to attend. In a way giving an opportunity for young coaches working in the grassroot level to learn a few things from Godbold and also to promote football at the villages in the grassroot level," he added.
The former Chelsea and Wimbledon FC player has also been the Director of Soccer Camps in both the USA and Singapore for up to 400 children aged 7-18.
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