SHILLONG, Sep 20: The Meghalaya senior men’s football team departed for Agartala today to take part in the Santosh Trophy North East qualifiers.
The squad, led by coach Khlain Pyrkhat Syiemlieh, combines experienced and youthful players selected by the senior cell committee for the right balance with an aim to give the state’s bright young talents an opportunity on the big stage.
Meghalaya are in Group B and have been clubbed with Railways, Nagaland and Manipur. Meghalaya will play their first match against Railways on September 23. They will then face Nagaland on September 25 and Manipur on September 27.
“We wish you all the best. I know you all play for different clubs, but in the Santosh Trophy you have to put that to one side and work together for the team and for the state,” Meghalaya Football Association Treasurer Wanshan Kharkrang said.
“Take advantage of the opportunity. You need to grab it. All of you are fit and we have full confidence in you,” senior cell member L Darlong added during the send-off at Third Ground, Polo, this morning.
Goalkeepers: Padam Chettri, Justly Sungoh
Defenders: Mebankhraw K Wahlang, Kenstar Kharshong, Batskhem Tariang, Atlanson Kharmaw
Midfielders: Ronaldkydon Lyngdoh Nonglait, Samuel J Lyngdoh Kynshi, Nikelson Bina, Phrangki Buam, Belton Lartang, Raikutshisha Buam, Allen C Lyngdoh Nongbri, Aenam Jyrwa, Dawanchwa C Challam
Forwards: Figo Syndai, Shano Tariang, Donlad Diengdoh, Sheen S Sohktung, Roikhihbha Nongtdu
Officials: Khlain Pyrkhat Syiemlieh (coach), M Warbah (manager), Jerry A Sutnga (assistant), Lambok Lyngdoh (physio).