Shillong Lajong will start their 2018-19 I-League campaign at home to former champions Aizawl FC at the JL Nehru Stadium in Shillong on Sunday.
|Game||Shillong Lajong vs Aizawl FC|
|Date||Sunday, October 28|
|Time||5:00 PM IST (GMT +5:30)|
TV CHANNELS & LIVE STREAM
The Star Sports Network have the exclusive broadcasting rights of the I-League. The games will be telecast on television as well as digital platforms.
|India (English) TV channel||Online streams|
|Star Sports 3||Hotstar and Jio TV|
Shillong Lajong has so far never lost a home match against the Mizo rivals in the I-League and will look to keep the run intact. During the preseason, Lajong had topped the league stage of the Shillong Premier League 2018 and are all set to face Langsning in the final on 2nd November. On the other hand, Aizawl FC is currently sitting in the third place of the ongoing Mizoram Premier League.
For the I-League 2018/19 season, The Reds will field an all Indian line up with only the academy graduates hailing from the North Eastern states - a first for a non-develomental side.
Club captain Samuel Lalmuanpuia sounded confident of his young teammates and assures that there is no pressure. He said, "No, there is not any disadvantage about not having foreigners in our team. We are young, full of energy and we are united. We will work hard together as a team and most importantly we will fight for the team and try to be in the best position this I-League season."
Aizawl FC is starting this season with former NEROCA FC head coach Gift Raikhan. Talking about the game he said, “In terms of preparation, we have been doing good because of the MPL. We have a lot of pressure on us as I know how good these Lajong academy boys are. They are young, and they will run a lot. We cannot relax because the moment we relax we will be in massive danger.”