Calcutta: East Bengal coach Armando Colaco did not keep Shylo ‘Mama’ Malsawmtluanga in the starting line-up against Mohammedan Sporting, on Tuesday. But after arriving at the Salt Lake Stadium, he had a change of mind. He struck off Cavin Lobo’s name from the players’ list and brought in Malsawmtluanga. In the end, it turned out to be the masterstroke.
It was Malsawmtluanga of the yore. Those darting runs, cutting in and sending accurate crosses… Malsawmtluanga was simply unstoppable on Tuesday.
Malsawmtluanga dedicated his performance and East Bengal’s win to the Santosh Trophy-winning Mizoram team. “This performance and East Bengal’s win are for the members of the Santosh Trophy-winning squad. Last few days have been fantastic for me. First Mizoram won the Santosh Trophy and now my performance today,” he said.
For the record, some of the members of the Mizoram squad were present at the ground.
Malsawmtluanga said he has been working hard this season and it is paying off. “Every afternoon, I go to the SAI ground and do a lot running. That has improved my endurance. Look I am not the same Mama of 2002. So I have to do a lot of practice on my own.”
Malsawmtluanga said he would try to help out the Mizo youngsters if they want to play in an I-League club. “I am ready to help everyone. Mizoram is my home state and I will go out of my way to help the players from my state,” he said.
Later in the evening Malsawmtluanga was at the Mizoram House where Zico Zoremsanga & Co. were felicitated by the Resident Commissioner on behalf of the Mizoram government.