Shillong, June 3: After consolidating an I-League berth, Shillong Lajong FC will be signing up at least 10 more players for the 2012-13 season while 90 per cent of the current team would be retained.
The names of the new players, seven Indian nationals and three foreigners, are likely to be announced by next week. Prominent among those who would be retained, include former India vice-captain and ace midfielder P. Renedy Singh, striker Sushil Kumar Singh and Liberian John D. Menyongar.
“Renedy has been the unsung hero of Indian football although he has been the biggest soccer icon the Seven Sisters has produced ever since the legendary T. Ao,” Shillong Lajong general secretary Larsing M. Sawian told The Telegraph here today.
In the last I-League campaign, Renedy, who hardly featured in the playing field, created several goal-scoring opportunities whenever called from the bench. Although Sawian refused to divulge the names of the new players he hinted that a “major restructuring” was in the offing.
The foreign players who will be discharged by the management include Liberian James Gbilee, Nigerian Christopher Chizoba and Australian, Mathew Osvaldo Mayora. Moreover, Sawian said Lajong’s intention was to produce players from its own backyard where presently, as part of its youth development programme, as many as 40 young players are being imparted soccer skills and also mainstream education.