I-League: Aizawl FC hosts Shillong Lajong in local derby

Although Aizawl FC picked up a late win against Churchill Brothers, Lajong coach Bobby Nogbet is confident of spoiling the party atmosphere at the home of the I-League champion.

Aizawl FC Yugo Kobayashi

Aizawl's Yugo Kobayashi scored a late winner against Churchill Brothers.   -  AIFF Media

The people of Aizawl will once again be there to cheer for its team as it prepares to face Shillong Lajong in the I-League at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium on Monday.

This will be Aizawl’s last home game before Christmas and three points against Lajong will be a satisfactory Christmas present for its fans.

Aizawl garnered maximum points in its last home game against Goan side Churchill Brothers, while the club from Meghalaya, Shillong Lajong managed a draw against the mighty Mohun Bagan in its last fixture.

Speaking to the media at the pre-match conference, Lajong coach Bobby Nongbet, who is plying his trade in the league for the first season, expects his team to get three points against the home team.

“It’s my first season in I-League at the helm and I’m already feeling the heat. Aizawl has played very well in their last two matches but we will work hard and expect full three points. We will play an attacking football and I expect a good match against Aizawl,” said Nongbet.

Aizawl will be without former captain David Lalrinmuana and this season’s top-scorer William Lalnunfela who has scored two goals.

Aizawl’s coach Paulo Meneses said, “I have a vast knowledge about Lajong and have informed the team as well. They are a young team, with fast and technical players. Like the last game, we will give our best and I expect three points against Lajong.”

He added, “The fans will be important, again, and I expect a better crowd than the last game. Against Churchill Brothers, they were terrific throughout the match and that played a key role in winning the match.”

The match is scheduled to kick-off at 02:00 PM and it’ll be telecast live on Star Sports 2, 2 HD and streamed live on Hotstar, Jio TV.

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