Even as Aizawl FC gear up to script their perfect fairy tale ending in Shillong, Thangboi Singto, head coach of Shillong Lajong FC won’t mind his Club playing villain on the day. “It’s a NorthEast Derby and Aizawl FC haven’t won the title as yet,” Singto mentioned. “We won’t let them walk in and take away the title,” he declared.
In a freewheeling interview, Singto talks at length on whether Aizawl FC will have it easy, Lajong’s approach to the match, the NorthEast Derby and much more.
What is your assessment of Aizawl FC’s journey this season?
Aizawl FC have been extremely consistent this season and have done exceedingly well. That is why there are on the top of the I-League at the moment. They (Aizawl FC) have displayed good attacking Football but their ability to play as a Team has been the striking feature.
Aizawl FC need a draw to land the title against Shillong Lajong FC. How will Lajong approach the match?
We are looking forward to give Aizawl FC a tough fight. They have not won the title as yet but we will not let Aizawl FC walk in and take away the title. They haven’t won the title as yet and we won’t let them win it easily. It will be a very tightly contested clash between both the Teams.
So will Shillong Lajong FC play the villain in Aizawl FC’s fairytale?
It’s the NorthEast Derby – our match against Aizawl FC and we are gearing up in that fashion. We know what Aizawl FC have a lot at stake and we plan to make it even more difficult for them.
How exciting will the match be for the neutral?
It will be a treat for the neutrals and for every Football fan in India. The fans will have to keep one eye for on Mohun Bagan’s match and one eye on the NorthEast Derby. It is as exciting as it gets – the perfect climax for the 10th I-League.
What does Aizawl FC’s title challenge mean for Indian Football?
The NorthEast has been the Footballing hub of India for long. But now, you can see there has been a shift of power from the traditional Indian Clubs to a Club from the NorthEast. It only proves that there is an overall development in Indian Football.
by AIFF Media