The Lajong defender believes that his team will put in consistent performances in the league after having strengthened the squad this summer...
BY ATANU MITRA
Minchol Son is confident that Shillong Lajong FC will put up a strong performance in this season’s I-League after having just about survived the relegation scare last term.
The DPR Korea defender was the star performer of the last season and he sounded confident that things will turn around for good this time.
“We have started training under our coach Thangboi Singto. For now, we are concentrating on tactical training and conditioning. I hope we will be ready in a couple of weeks,” he told GOAL.
The team from the North-eastern part of the nation have bolstered their squad by adding a few high-profile names this summer. Chief among them has been Cornell Glen, the Trinidad and Tobago striker, who made an appearance in his side’s three outings at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, and has also plied his trade for MLS clubs like Los Angeles Galaxy and FC Dallas in the past.
Another significant addition to the line-up will be Charles Edoa Nga, who has represented Cameroon at all age group levels, including the U-17 and U-20, before getting a call-up to the national B side in December 2010.
Amongst their signings of Indian players, Milan Singh will be the man to watch out. The promising central midfielder, who played a pivotal role in Pailan Arrows’ commendable show last season, was also under the radar of a number of big-spending Indian clubs.
Minchol remarked that all the new signings will be beneficiary to the team’s cause as they shall strengthen the side further.
“All of them are very talented footballers. The two new foreigners have not joined practice yet. I heard that they are facing some visa problems. For now, apart from me, the only other foreigner training in Shillong is Taisuke Matsugae, the Japanese midfielder of our team. But, I have heard that Glen is a very good striker and he will definitely strengthen our attack,” he remarked.
The centre-back showed glimpses of his class last season, as he got the better of several high profile centre-forwards in the I-League. He was also chosen as the Most Valuable Player of the squad by the Shillong Lajong faithful at the end of last season.
However, quite surprisingly he was not ranked high in the transfer market as other clubs didn’t vie for his signature. “Yes, I had no offers this summer. All what I heard were gossips. I will like to continue at Lajong and will give my 100% for the team,” he said.
Minchol also stressed that he is enjoying life at Shillong and is surprised to come across so many die-hard fans of Lajong in the city. He also informed that he has set higher standards for himself this year.
“People in Shillong are very good and football is also fun here. It motivates me to perform better on the field. Obviously I want to move to higher places and better teams in the future, but for this season, I wish to play my heart out for Shillong. We are the first professional team from the city to play the I-League and we will have to fight together for the fans,” he signed off.
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