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Eugeneson Lyngdoh: Constantine has a very systematic approach

Eugeneson Lyngdoh

Eugeneson Lyngdoh

Eugeneson Lyngdoh has a simple motto in life – ‘Work hard, play harder.’ Dubbed as one of the hottest sensations in the ongoing Hero I-League, he has been an anchor to Bengaluru FC’s midfield. Consistent, for both Club and Country, Lyngdoh’s prowess was on display in his International debut against Nepal.

In an exclusive interview with AIFF Media, the 28 year old talks at length about his debut for India, influence of coach Stephen Constantine, the Hero I-League and a lot more.


Bengaluru FC are doing wonders in the Asian Competition and are in contention for the Hero I-League. How do you describe that?
We’ve constantly been among the top three Teams and are in contention to retain the title. If we work hard and make sure results go our way. On the Asian front, we are on course to make it out of the group stages and that says a lot about how we have been working as a Team.

How was the feeling when you made your debut for India?
It was an incredible feeling to say the least. It’s something that I had always wanted to achieve. Standing on the field when the National Anthem played gave me goosebumps!

How was your experience?
I felt like I achieved so much being able to make the Starting XI on my first call up to the National Team. Obviously, it is a long journey and I am certain there will be many happy memories but a debut is always special.

How has Coach Stephen Constantine helped you and how do you find his training methods?
He has a very systematic approach to the game which is good. Every Player knows his duty which makes it easier for us to play. I was very happy that he showed faith in me by handing me a start and I look forward to learning more from him.

How easy was it to adjust and coordinate with the Senior Players in the National Team setup?
The fact that Sunil (Chhetri) and Robin (Singh) are part of Bengaluru FC made things easier for me. I got along with all my teammates rather easily.

Tell us about the Induction Ceremony of the National Team.
The new boys had to break into the squad by singing a song so that was funny and odd because it’s been a while since we did something like that. It took me back to college.

What inspires you to perform at consistent levels?
The passion for the sport and nothing else. They say you’re only as good as your last game so it’s nice to be part of something that gives you a chance to beat the challenge week in, week out.