With 9 teams vying for promotion in the Hero I-League Qualifiers 2021, Chesterpoul Lyngdoh wants to put Meghalaya back in the I-League. Needless to say, the mentioned objective will be a tough one to achieve. One such player who has experienced the beautiful game is Chesterpoul Lyngdoh. The midfielder aims to put Meghalaya back in the Hero I-League.
Chesterpoul, who plays for Ryntih SC, has already played one match in the 2021 Qualifiers. The encounter turned out to be a thrilling one that resulted in a 2-3 loss for the Meghalayan side. However, Chester, as his teammates fondly call him, urges his side to keep their heads up.
“I know we lost our first game, but we showed a lot of character in that match, and I think the boys have it in them to use that experience to bounce back in our group,” Chester said, speaking to the I-League site.
“We want to do better in the other games and make it to the Final Round. The ultimate aim is to put a Meghalayan club back in the Hero I-League.”
The 24-year-old has had his fair share of experience, having played for a number of clubs. The midfielder began his career as a junior footballer in the Sports Authority of India Academy in Shillong. Chester then made it to the Pune FC youth teams, before coming through the ranks into the senior team.
FC Pune City then signed him up, where he had played for two seasons. During his stay, he had a number of loan spells at I-League sides including Mohun Bagan, Churchill Brothers and FC Goa. Finally, he made a move to Real Kashmir FC, spending the last two seasons.
The 24-year-old has lived a passion for football in the Kashmir valley. Now, the boy from the South-West Khasi Hills district strongly believes the beautiful game to be much more popular in his own valley.
“It was amazing to play in Kashmir. So many people used to come and watch us play every match. But I think that in Meghalaya, and especially in Shillong, the game is much more popular,” said Chesterpoul, a smile lighting up his face.
“Whenever I go back to my home, I see so many talented young kids training in my neighbourhood. Whenever I am home, I go and join them, I train with them, and I show them different bits and pieces that I have picked up from different coaches. I try to help them in whatever way I can,” he states.
Chesterpoul continues, saying that playing there meant a lot to him. He desired to help his team win the Qualifiers and gain promotion for his beloved Meghalaya.
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