Captain’s armband is an honour, says Lajong’s teenage skipper

Shillong Lajong's 19-year-old captain, Samuel Lalmuanpuia says it's an absolute honour to lead the I-League side.

Apart from being captain at such a young age, Samuel Lalmuanpuia's freekicks have also caught attention of many.   -  Biswarjan Rout

Samuel Lalmuanpuia is barely 19 but he’s already leading Shillong Lajong FC in the I-League and is far from wilting under pressure. “I am happy that the coaches selected me and have faith in me to lead the team. It is an honour to lead the club,” said the teenager.

It has been a season of starts and stops for Shillong. The side started on a victorious note with two wins on the trot, but some unfavourable results resulted in it lying mid- table.

“We have performed well so far but we need to give a much better performance in the remaining matches as the league is getting very competitive. Our aim is to collect maximum points from every game but for that, we need to work harder and convert our chances into goals,” stated the attacking midfielder.

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With a few matches still to go, Lajong will surely like to finish higher up the table and Samuel’s team is on the lookout for goals.

“Goals will help us win games and ultimately we can climb up the points table. At the moment, we are taking it one game at a time but we definitely want to end the season on a high and at the top,” he said.

Apart from being captain at such a young age, Samuel’s freekicks have also caught attention of many. “From the time I joined the Lajong Academy, I have been practising a lot under the coaches and I am continuing to do the same. So, with practice and hard work, I feel I have become better at taking free kicks,” said the youngster.

He concluded on an optimistic note by declaring,“I would like to see myself as the best footballer in the country.”

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