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Jeje Lalpekhlua

Jeje Lalpekhlua

Lalpekhlua in 2011
Personal information
Full name Jeje Lalpekhlua Fanai
Date of birth (1991-01-07) 7 January 1991
Place of birth Mizoram, India
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Chennaiyin FC
Youth career
2007–2010 Pune
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2013 Pune 54 (15)
2010–2011 Indian Arrows (loan) 15 (13)
2013–2014 Dempo 17 (4)
2014– Mohun Bagan 0 (0)
2014– Chennaiyin FC (loan) 7 (2)
National team
2008–2009 India U19 2 (4)
2010–2011 India U23 8 (5)
2011– India 22 (8)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:03, 24 November 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 November 2013

Jeje Lalpekhlua is an Indian footballer who currently plays for Chennaiyin FC in the Indian Super League on loan from Mohun Bagan in the I-League.

He scored the only goal in a win against Afghanistan in the SAFF Cup group stage match in Bangladesh. He led the Indian U19 team to South Asian games in Sri Lanka. In the last group stage match he scored a hat-trick against Pakistan in a 5–1 win. He also scored four goals in his first three senior appearances for the Indian national football team. He was also an important player in India's 2011 SAFF Cup championship victory.

Career

Youth career

Born in the small village of Hnahthial in Mizoram, Lalpekhlua inherited football genes from his family. His father and elder brother played for a local Mizo club – The Model Sporting Club while his uncle represented Mizoram in Santosh Trophy. Jeje made his debut for the Model Sporting Club four months after his dad had retired from the club.

Despite facing initial hesitation from his parents for playing football, Jeje came to light after a spectacular performance at the Wai Wai Cup held in Mizoram. On account of his strong performance Jeje made it to the Mizoram U-19 team and never looked back since then. Jeje impressed youth coach Colm Toal at the U-19 selection camp in Gwalior and got selected for U-19 qualifiers. Jeje was then spotted by the Pune F.C. scouts and he signed for the Red Lizards at the tender age of 16. Jeje then went on to captain the India U-19 team in the South Asian Games.[2]

Pune FC

From 2007–2010 Lalpekhlua played for Pune F.C. of the I-League. It is only known that he had played nineteen games and scored five goals.[3]

Indian Arrows

For the 2010–11 I-League season, Lalpekhlua signed for I-League newcomers Indian Arrows on a one year loan basis.[4] The Indian Arrows was only made up of Indian Under-19 players.[5] During the 2010 Federation Cup he scored 1 goal for Indian Arrows in two games played.[6] On 3 December 2010 Lalpekhlua took part in Indian Arrows first I-League game ever against Chirag United, the final score was 2–1 in Chirag United's favour.[7] On 8 December 2010 Lalpekhlua scored his first ever goal for Indian Arrows against ONGC FC.[8] After that Lalpekhlua went on a huge scoring run and earned a lot of praise by many top AIFF personnel. On 13 March 2011 Lalpekhlua scored four goals against FC Air India in an I-League match which ended 5–2 in favour of Indian Arrows.[9] He was then also declared man of the match in his club's 4–0 win over HAL on 3 April 2011.[10]

Back to Pune

On 7 July 2011 it was announced that Jeje has signed for his former club Pune F.C. in the I-League.[11]

2011–12

Jeje made his first start (and his first overall game) for Pune since his return from Indian Arrows on 17 September 2011 during the Federation Cup group stage match against Dempo. During the match Jeje scored his first goal in over a year for Pune en route to a 2–1 victory.[12] Jeje then scored his second goal of the Federation Cup on 19 September 2011 against Kingfisher East Bengal F.C. at the Salt Lake Stadium.[13] On 26 September 2011 he won the FPAI Best Young Player Award for the 2010–11 season beating out players like Raju Gaikwad and Lenny Rodrigues.[14] After winning the FPAI Best Young Player Award, Jeje started the 2011–12 I-League season in the starting line-up for Pune. In the second game of the season he scored the first goal in the 78th minute to mark the start of a comeback the score 1–2 against Sporting Clube de Goa in a match which ended 2–2 on 28 October 2011.[15] The next game Jeje continued scoring as he scored once again against Chirag United Club Kerala in what was Pune's first win of the 2011–12 I-League season 3–1 on 1 November 2011.[16] He then scored another goal in the I-League against Dempo in the 26th minute on 19 November 2011. Despite the goal Pune still lost the match 3–1.[17]

Dempo

On 15 June 2013, Jeje signed for Dempo SC on a two-year contract.[18] Lalpekhlua made his debut for Dempo in the I-League on 22 September 2013 against Shillong Lajong at the Duler Stadium; in which he came on as a substitute for Mandar Rao Desai in the 55th minute; as Dempo lost the match 0–3.[19] He scored his 2nd goal of the season on 9 October against Salgaocar SC at the Duler Stadium on the 81st minute,the game eventually finished 1–1.

Mohun Bagan

On 28 May 2014 it was announced that Lalpekhlua would sign a one year deal with Mohun Bagan.[20][21] On 11 August Lalpekhlua made his debut for Mohun Bagan in a match against Tollygunge Agragami in the Calcutta Football league. In the 41st minute Lalpekhlua earned and converted a Penalty kick in what proved to be the only goal in a 1–0 win.[22]

Loan to Chennaiyin FC

In September of 2014 Lalpekhlua was loaned out to Chennaiyin FC for the 2014 Indian Super League season. On 19 November Lalpekhlua scored the last goal from a Balwant Singh assist in a 3-1 win over Pune City FC.[23][24]

International

Jeje with India

On 23 February 2011 Lalpekhlua played his first game and scored his first goal for the Indian U-23 team in the 2–1 victory over the Myanmar U-23 team.[25] On 21 March 2011, Lalpekhlua made his debut for the senior India national football team in the 2012 AFC Challenge Cup qualification against Chinese Taipei and scored a goal.[26] On 23 March 2011 Jeje scored 2 more goals in his second match for the Indian national football team against Pakistan in another AFC Challenge Cup Qualification match.[27] On 25 March he scored 4th goal of his international career against Turkmenistan which helped India tie the match.[28] During India's second leg of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers against the United Arab Emirates on 28 July 2011 Jeje scored a goal to help India to a 2–2 draw at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi, India but India still were knocked-out 5–2 on aggregate after losing the away leg 3–0.[29] Then on 16 November 2011 Jeje scored in the 47th minute for India against Malaysia in a Friendly played at the Salt Lake Stadium. The match ended 3–2 in favour of India.[30] After impressing in a trial with Rangers of Scotland, Jeje participated in his first competitive tournament, the SAFF Cup and started the first match of the tournament against Afghanistan on 3 December 2011.[31] He then scored his first goal of the tournament on 7 December 2011 against Sri Lanka.[32] Then he followed it up by scoring his second goal of the tournament in the Final as India managed to beat Afghanistan 4–0 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on 11 December 2011.[33] He played a sensational game against Lebanon U22 and scored brace in that match, he came up in 65min from the bench.

Stats

Club

Statistics accurate as of 28 April 2014
Club Season League † Fed Cup ‡ International ¶ Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Pune 2008 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1
2009–10 18 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 4 0
Indian Arrows 2010–11 15 13 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 16 14 0
Pune 2011–12 16 5 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 18 7 0
Pune 2012–13 19 5 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 22 6 1
Dempo 2013–14 18 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 20 5 0
Career 87 33 2 8 4 0 0 0 0 95 37 2

I-League, ‡ Federation Cup, ¶ AFC Champions League

National team statistics

Statistics accurate as of 15 November 2013
India national team
Year Apps Goals
2011 16 8
2012 0 0
2013 6 0
Total 22 8

International goals

Under–23

Senior team

Style of play

His style of play or role on the field could be described as a second striker or deep-lying forward, as he often comes deep down to help the team maintain possession.

Honors

International

India

Individual

  • FPAI Best Young Player Award (1): 2010–11
  • AIFF Emerging Player of the Year 2013[34]

References

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  2. ^ "Jeje Lalpekhlua : Next Superstar of Indian Football". Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Jeje Lalpekhlua Player Profile". soccerway. 3 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Jeje Lalpekhlua Player Profile". soccerway. 3 September 2011. 
  5. ^ Sengubta, Rahul (10 September 2010). "Indian National Team: I Would Like To See India Reach The Last Eight Of 2011 Asian Cup – AIFF President Praful Patel". goal.com. 
  6. ^ Das Sharma, Amitabha (26 September 2010). "East Bengal through".  
  7. ^ Sengupta, Rahul (3 December 2010). "I-League: Three Points For Chirag As AIFF XI Rue Missed Opportunities". goal.com. 
  8. ^ "Pailan Arrows vs ONGC Lineups and Statistics". goal.com. 8 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "Air India vs Pailan Arrows Lineups and Statistics". goal.com. 13 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "HAL Bangalore vs Pailan Arrows Lineups and Statistics". goal.com. 3 April 2011. 
  11. ^ "Striker Jeje set to return to Pune FC". IBN Live. 7 July 2011. 
  12. ^ Srivastava, Ayush (17 September 2011). "Federation Cup: Ten Men Pune FC Register Narrow Win Over Dempo". goal.com. 
  13. ^ "East Bengal scrape past Pune FC; Wahingdoh triumph". the-aiff.com. 19 September 2011. 
  14. ^ Srivastava, Ayush (26 September 2011). "FPAI Awards: Mehtab Hussain Walks Away With Dual Honours In Gala Indian Football Awards Ceremony In Kolkata". goal.com. 
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  16. ^ "Pune FC vs Chirag United Club Kerala Lineups and Statistics". goal.com. 1 November 2011. 
  17. ^ "LIVE TEXT COMMENTARY". Pune FC. 19 November 2011. 
  18. ^ "Jeje Lalpekhlua completes 'dream' move to Dempo SC". Goal.com. 15 June 2013. 
  19. ^ http://www.goal.com/en-india/match/122544/dempo-sc-vs-shillong-lajong-fc/report?ICID=OP
  20. ^ Shikharr Chandra (28 May 2014). "Mohun Bagan confirm the signing of Jeje Lalpekhlua".  
  21. ^ Amoy Ghoshal (27 May 2014). "I-League: Mohun Bagan to sign Jeje Lalpekhlua". yahoo news. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  22. ^ "Mohun Bagan 1–0 Tollygunge Agragami: The Mariners kick off with a win in the Calcutta Football League".  
  23. ^ "Chennaiyin go top after comfortable victory over Pune City".  
  24. ^ "ISL: Chennaiyin FC crush Pune City 3-1, move to top of the table".  
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  27. ^ "AFC Challenge Cup 2012 Qualifiers: Pakistan 1–3 India – Great Second Half Comeback By Team India". goal.com. 23 March 2011. 
  28. ^ "AFC Challenge Cup 2012 Qualifiers: Turkmenistan 1–1 India – Jeje Scores Again As Unbeaten Team India Win Group B". goal.com. 25 March 2011. 
  29. ^ Bali, Rahul (28 July 2011). "India 2–2 (2–5 aggregate) UAE: A Two Goal Fight Back Not Enough For Armando Colaco’s Boys To Keep The 2014 World Cup Dream Alive". goal.com. 
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  31. ^ Singh, Upender (3 December 2011). "India split points with Afghanistan; Sri Lanka win". the-aiff.com. 
  32. ^ Datta, Nilanjan (7 December 2011). "Clinical India romp into SAFF Championship semis". the-aiff.com. 
  33. ^ Datta, Nilanjan (11 December 2011). "The march is on – India defend title with ease". the-aiff.com. 
  34. ^ "2013 AIFF Awards given away to Footballers in New Delhi". IANS. news.biharprabha.com. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 

External links

  • Jeje Lalpekhlua at National-Football-Teams.com
  • http://www.goal.com/en-india/people/india/21723/jeje-lalpekhlua

Dempo S.C.

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