The best midfielder of I League now wants tips from Roberto Carlos to improve his free-kick
Who was the most valuable Indian footballer in the recent auction of the coming Indian Super League? Eugeneson Lyngdoh. Where does the 28-year old midfielder hail from? Meghalaya, one of the few states in Indian football in recent times, to give good players to the national team. In the auction for the 10 Indian footballers, Lyngdoh, who had the base price of only Rs 27.5 lakh, was finally sold at FC Pune City for an astronomical amount of Rs 1.05 crore! The only footballer from Bengaluru FC after Sunil Chettri to have been clubbed in the one crore group.
Eugensen’s father was owner of a club named Ar-Hima FC. The club was later renamed Rangdajid FC. Naturally Lyngdoh was passionate towards the game since the childhood. He was so crazy that despite being admitted to the country’s one of the best schools, Bishop Leroy in Bangalore, Lyngdoh could not leave the habit of playing with the ball in his hostel room every day after returning from his classes. Still, Lyngdoh turned out a good student and after completing the school he got a chance to study on electronics engineering in Pune. And Lyngdoh, in spite of being admitted in the college, did not complete his study and returned home in Shilong with more enthusiasm to continue football. Lyngdoh, speaking over the phone from Bangalore, smilingly said, “My mom was so upset with my decision to return to home to continue playing football that she initially was reluctant to talk to me. But later, my father convinced her and then the atmosphere turned soothing.”
The 28-year-old midfielder, having gained experience in Rangdajid FC and Lajong FC, has been with Bengaluru FC for the last season, has achieved the best midfielder’s award in the last I League. He is being called the dead ball specialist for his piercing and accurate free-kick taking ability. Now before his debut in the Indian Super League Lyngdoh has another dream. He wants to meet one of the World’s most deadly free-kick specialists in his time legendary Roberto Carlos during the ISL. Speaking over the phone from Bengaluru, Lyngdoh said recently, “David Beckham has been my idol in terms of free-kick specialist. But at the same time, I also have become an ardent fan of Roberto Carlos after his magnificent free-kick goal against France in 2002 World Cup. Carlos is the coach-cum-footballer of Delhi Dynamos. So we will get the opportunity to meet twice in the ISL. I will try to meet him for at least once and seek his suggestions to improve my free-kick in future.”
During his training at Bengaluru FC, Lyngdoh practices free-kick separately for almost an hour every day. He said, “Our coach Ashley Westwood always inspires me to keep on practicing shooting from the dead-ball situation. And our skipper Sunil Chettri also offers great encouragement on the field as he always asks me first to take free-kick in any match.”
The best midfielder of the last I League has now set eyes on the forthcoming ISL and like his three goals scored from the dead-ball situation Lyngdoh has already started taking mental preparation to mesmerize the international stars of the ISL by his free-kick.
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