Manchester United Cup: Odds against Lajong
Shillong: On the eve of the Lajong Under 15
team leaving for the Manchester United Premier Cup in England,
the Northeastern club`s secretary Larsing Ming said odds are
heavily against the Indian boys due to lack of proper
infrastructure for training.
"The boys will be playing against the best teams in the
world. It will be extremely difficult for the boys. But they
will have an opportunity for exposure and a good learning
experience," Ming said.
He said the boys were picked up just last December and
they will be competing against giants like Barcelona FC, New
Castle United, FC Porto and Orlando Pirates who have been
training in world class infrastructure.
"We hope the experience will help give good foundation
to the mind, body and spirit of the boys," Ming said.
The Lajong boys will leave for the week-long Manchester
United Premier Cup tomorrow.
The U-15 team was selected for the prestigious trophy
after they defeated JCT 3-2 via tie-breaker at the India leg
of the cup in Panaji on February last.
Sixty four teams from all over the country had
participated in the Nike-Manchester United Premier Cup
(under-15) India-leg football tourney.
Today, Shillong Press Club organized a small function
to see off the team. Shillong Press Club president David
Laitphlang said the Lajong team has started a revolution in
the sports in the region and hoped that the young team would
bring laurels to the country.
The team is being coached by Bobby Lyngdoh Nongbet.