Shillong, May 22: The Shillong Lajong FC has made a remarkable comeback by securing promotion to the 2023-24 I-League. After a four-year absence, the Meghalaya-based team emerged victorious in the final round with a 2-1 win against FC Bengaluru United.
This victory gave them a total of seven points from four games. Shillong Lajong FC had previously faced relegation in the 2018-19 season when they finished at the bottom of the table.
Their journey to promotion began in the qualifying round back in February, where they defeated Downtown Heroes, Corbett, and United Chirang Duar. In the group stage, they finished second and qualified for the final round as the best runners-up across all groups.
Although they suffered a heavy 1-5 defeat against Ambernath United Atlanta, Shillong Lajong FC rallied in the do-or-die match against Bengaluru United.
With the support of an enthusiastic home crowd, they took the lead through Everbrightson
Mylliempdah’s brilliant curling strike just before halftime. However, Bengaluru United quickly equalized early in the second half. The decisive moment for Shillong came with only eight minutes remaining when Figo Syndai’s header secured the winning goal for Bobby Nongbet’s side.
This achievement not only marks Shillong Lajong FC’s return to the I-League but also showcases their determination and resilience throughout the season. They have overcome challenges and displayed impressive performances. As they prepare for the upcoming season, Shillong Lajong FC aims to make a significant impact and establish a stronger presence in Indian football.
The promotion holds great significance for the team and their fans, as they have worked hard to regain their position in the second tier of Indian football. Shillong Lajong FC’s success is a testament to their commitment and dedication to the sport. It also reflects the growing football culture in Meghalaya and the Northeast region of India.
The club’s management, coaching staff, and players deserve recognition for their efforts in achieving this milestone. The team’s performance in the final round and their ability to bounce back from setbacks demonstrate their resilience and determination. Shillong Lajong FC will now focus on further strengthening their squad and preparing for the challenges that lie ahead in the I-League.
This promotion will not only inspire the players but also have a positive impact on the local football community. It will encourage young talents in the region to pursue their dreams and strive for excellence in the sport. Shillong Lajong FC’s success serves as a reminder that with dedication, hard work, and perseverance, anything is possible.
As the team celebrates their promotion, the fans eagerly await their participation in the upcoming I-League season. There is renewed excitement and anticipation surrounding the club’s future endeavors. Shillong Lajong FC will aim to make a mark in the I-League and continue to represent the footballing spirit of Meghalaya with pride.
Shillong Lajong FC’s promotion to the 2023-24 I-League is a significant achievement
that highlights their resilience and determination. The team’s success not only brings joy to their fans but also contributes to the growth of football in the region. It is a proud moment for Shillong Lajong FC and a stepping stone towards greater accomplishments in Indian football.