Lajong hosts Aizawl in North-East derby

Shillong Lajong has managed only two wins in its 11 matches which has seen it rooted to the bottom of the I-League table with 11 points but Aizawl, despite being in fifth place, is only one point ahead.

Only one point separates Shillong Lajong and Aizawl FC in the I-League standings.   -  I-League

Shillong Lajong will be seeking an elusive victory when it takes on Aizawl FC in front of its home fans in the I-League here on Friday.

Lajong has managed only two wins in its 11 matches which has seen it rooted to the bottom of the I-League table with 11 points. However, with four teams, including Aizawl, locked at 12 points each, a win at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium will see the host climb to fifth place.

“Positives are the youngsters graduating and proving that they are good enough for the league. Also, the team spirit is good and that will help us fight and do better in the remaining five matches,” Lajong coach Thangboi Singto said on the the eve of the match.

The coach also informed that the team has made full use of the international break and has worked on those aspects which still need improvements.

Lajong has played several matches without its key foreign players. Penn Orji is the only foreign player who has started every match. Fabio and Uilliams have also had their share of problems with injuries this season and thus the team has lacked the attacking prowess upfront.

To add to Singto’s woes, Yusuke Yamagata is out of consideration because of his prolonged injury.