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Dempo SC’s pursuit of the highly rated Indian striker came to an end after both parties agreed to a two-year deal...

Dempo Sports Club have completed the signing of Jeje Lalpekhlua who played his last season for Pune FC in the I-League, with the Goan club confirming that the Mizoram lad had signed a two-year contract with them.

The 22-year-old striker scored five goals while being a key member of Derrick Pereira’s side as they finished second in the I-League last season. In 2012, he was a key member of the Indian U-22 team which participated in the AFC U-22 qualifiers at Oman. He was also one of the Indian players who was called for trials at Scottish Club Glasgow Rangers in 2011.

The signing of Jeje will add a new dimension to the forward line of Dempo SC consisting of Billy Mehmet, Joy Ferrao and Myron Fernandes and will be an ideal replacement for the departing Joaquim Abrancesh. A technically gifted player, Jeje has the pace, agility and playing style which Papas would prefer in his unit.

Sharing his excitement upon joining the club Jeje said, “It is Dempo where I used to dream of playing. I was excited when I got a contract for Dempo. It was like a dream come true for me. I think I will learn a lot and prosper under their new coach. I am eagerly waiting to join the club.”

The striker is keen to perform under Papas and wants Dempo SC to win the I-League next season.

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