The newly instated East Bengal have agreed terms with Jeje Lalpekhlua. The striker’s contract ran out with Chennaiyin FC in the summer, which saw him as a free agent.
East Bengal’s new poster boy:
Jeje Lalpekhlua, who spent the last season out due to a knee injury, is now committed to making a comeback. The 29-year-old has already won the Indian Super League twice in 2015 and 2018. He has also won the Federation Cup (2016) and I-League in 2015 with East Bengal rivals Mohun Bagan.
The Mizo striker was earlier left out by India head coach Igor Stimac for the King’s Cup and Intercontinental Cup (2019) due to his injury. Jeje last donned the India shirt in the AFC Asian Cup in January 2019. More recently, after his nomination for the 2017 Arjuna Awards, Lalpekhlua saw his name included in the list of recommendations for the famed Arjuna Award this year as well but eventually lost out to Sandesh Jhingan.
Jeje shot to fame as Chennaiyin’s poster boy since the very first season. He is also the highest goalscorer in their history. Moreover, he has also scored 23 goals with 56 India senior caps. It will be interesting to see the ex-Mohun Bagan player play for the Red and Gold in their very first ISL campaign.