Lalengmawia because of Luis Norton Matos he exceled in his game
19 years old Aizwal born Lalengmawia who is a graduate of AIFF Elite Academy and currently playing for NorthEast United FC. In such a young age he became a sensation in Indian football.
In an exclusive chat with Goal Lalengmawia shares so many things about his life journey.
Lalengmawia says at his young days he used to play only
“Boys of my age had other toys. But I just needed a ball. During the lunchtime at school, I played and in the after-hours as well. Physically I was not very strong, so that was a problem in the beginning. But I kept playing the game.
“At 13, I started playing in the U17 Mizoram Premier League (MPL). Most of them were 17-year-olds and they would kick and foul me. But, by that time I had got accustomed to it since I was always playing with older boys from a very early age.” Lalengmawia told Goal.
Lalengmawia says in the U-17 Worldcup scouting time he was the only player from his state
“I was the only player from Mizoram and one of the last few additions to that squad. The first trial was held at Valpui. It was a local affair and I got through. The next stage was at Shillong. All the players that were scouted from the North-East arrived there. But, I got selected again. Then I thought that it was the final stage. But once again, we were asked to travel to Guwahati. There we played a match against the already selected U17 boys. It was a 1-1 draw and in the end, I got selected and was inducted in the B team.”
Lalengmawia says playing against Germany was very difficult
“It was very difficult to play against a team from Germany. They were not holding on to the ball for too long and just as we were about to close them, they would pass and move. It was very frustrating. But that has been a very good learning curve. We played against so many strong teams that helped us to get better.”
Lalengmawia praised his former coach Luis Norton Matos
“Under Matos Sir, we did a lot of training with the ball. He taught us how to maintain the shape of a team. We used to miss passes a lot at first. We trained to rectify those. But, in I-League the lack of experience was hurting us. Mostly in the second half, we played better, as we would understand how to counter the opposition plan. And our fitness also helped us a lot.
“The entire credit goes to him (Matos). We used to make many mistakes. Then through video analysis, he would make us understand those. He always told us to play so fast that the opposition does not get time to tackle you.”Lalengmawia concluded.