Kerala Blasters FC signs Lalthathanga Khawlhring
Lalthathanga Khawlhring. Courtesy: Sportskeeda

ISL: Mizo Footballer Lalthathanga Khawlhring Quits NEUFC, Joins Kerala Blasters FC

September 18, 2020

Kerala Blasters FC has signed Mizo footballer Lalthathanga Khawlhring for the 2020-21 season of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) from opponents NorthEast United FC.

The 22-year-old Puitea, as he is popularly known, operates in the centre midfield and can also be switched out along the wings as well.

The youngster started his footballing journey with Bethlehem Vengthlang, a club that participates in the Mizoram Premier League.

During 2015-16, he moved to the west, signing for DSK Shivajians, initially for their youth team before being promoted to their senior squad in the same year.

It only took him four appearances that season before he was signed by North East United FC and sent on loan to Aizawl FC for the 2017-18 Hero I-League season.

His experience during the Hero I-League matches helped the young midfielder immensely as he adapted well to the Hero ISL as a breakthrough talent and made 29 appearances for NorthEast United FC over the last two seasons.

His versatility was on show as he played various positions across the midfield and even picked up two assists.

Puitea’s adaptability and explosive pace will make him an asset to the team as he can be trusted to do the job across the midfield as needed.

"I feel honoured to have joined the Kerala Blasters family," reported quoting the young footballer.

"It is a dream come true to play for one of the best fan bases in India, which was also one of the reasons behind my signing," he added.

"The club and the fans are hungry for success just like me," he further said.

"With our teamwork, support from the people of God’s own country and with God’s grace, I believe we can bring the Hero ISL trophy to Kerala Blasters," he added.

"That is why I am here! I cannot wait to join my new teammates, coaches, support staff and get the season rolling. Inni Yennum Yellow, Inni Yennum Blasters!" he further said.

"Puitea has a great vision and technique on the field. I believe he is an asset to the team and can go on to have a great future for himself as well, with the club," said Kerala Blasters assistant coach Ishfaq Ahmed.

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