Jeje Lalpekhlua

archakarchak 2081 Points
edited May 2012 in Indian Football Players
After todays 4 goal haul he is the running for top indian scorer in ileague 2010-2011
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  • he sud partner sunil instead of sushil
  • usaindiausaindia 1671 Points
    i think jeje has just 7 goals and anil has 8
  • jose12jose12 4 Points
    I want JEJE to score a hatrick against pakistan tomorrow.
  • namewtheldnamewtheld Kolkata5545 Points
    I want the same!! <!-- s:mrgreen: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt=":mrgreen:" title="Mr. Green" /><!-- s:mrgreen: -->
  • usaindiausaindia 1671 Points
    so he scores 2 more
  • namewtheldnamewtheld Kolkata5545 Points
    I want JEJE to score a hatrick against pakistan tomorrow.
    Man he almost did it!!
  • rudrarudra 2954 Points
    Use this pic to add in wiki....permissions taken from Jeje himself!!!! <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_e_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->
  • rudrarudra 2954 Points
    Jeje celebrating after scoring goal against Pakistan...the other player is his India and Indian Arrows team mate Shilton D'Silva
  • rudrarudra 2954 Points
    Jeje Interview

    Jeje Lalpekhlua – The architect behind India’s fantastic run in the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifier, has been the best found of Indian football in many years. Scoring four goals in three matches in his debut series for the India Senior Team, the 20 year old striker from Mizoram is dubbed as the next Bhaichung Bhutia. The former Pune FC striker is also considered as one of the brightest prospect of Indian Football.
    Having already represented India in three different age groups including the senior team, Jeje had always stood up to the expectation of the coaches and had been performing consistently throughout. Born as the youngest child to a loving family in a small village of Mizoram, the shy guy had the passion for football right from his childhood. His passion and love for the game drove him from the far corner of the country to the heart of the mainland to live his dream of making big in football.
    In an exclusive interview to Babua Biswas of SportsKeeda, he talked about his experiences at the AFC Challenge Cup Qualifier, team mates and whole lot of other issues.

    Excerpts:

    Babua Biswas (BB): Firstly and foremost SportsKeeda congratulates you for your marvelous debut. How are you feeling?
    Jeje: I am feeling very happy at the moment. It was indeed a dream debut for me as I had never imagined in my wildest dream. I would like to thank my Coaches, seniors and all my teammates for making this possible.
    BB: You scored four goals in three matches and had a superb game in the tournament. Did you ever expect to perform this well in your debut series?
    Jeje: No, I had never expected. Even after getting the call I thought I would not even be considered for the starting lineup. But to my astonishment, everything was different out there and it turned out to be much different when I played the game. In fact I am very lucky to debut for the senior side in such a soaring fashion.
    BB: Have you spoken to your family after the matches? What was there reaction?
    Jeje: Yes, I called them up. Till then they were not even aware of whether I was playing or not because the match was not broadcasted. They all felt very happy for me and encourage me to do better. Dad told me not to get carried away and remain grounded. He told me you still have a long way to go and this is just the beginning. You have to come up with better performance as you are now shouldering the country’s hope.
    BB: What was going in your mind before you took the field against Chinese Taipei? Were you nervous?
    Jeje: There was nothing specific going in my mind. I was just trying to take it as calmly as possible but yes I was very nervous. It was the first time I was playing for the senior side and that two on such an important game. But once I got to the field and began playing I forgot everything and played my natural game.
    BB: What advice did the Coach gave you?
    Jeje: Bob Sir told me just be confident, play your natural game. Don’t think much about the outcome just go and enjoy your game. Such encouragement helps a player a lot. I am lucky to play under his guidance.
    BB: How have your senior team mates been throughout the camps and the tournaments?
    Jeje: They were really good and helpful. Not even once did they make us felt that they were the seniors and we are the juniors. They made us so comfortable. With such seniors in team, your performance is bound to leap with the encouragement and help they offer.
    BB: You and Sunil Chhetri instantly came out to be a good striking pair with good understanding. Do you discuss strategy with him?
    Jeje: Yes of course. He is my senior striking partner as well as the captain. We discuss whether it’s on the field or off the field. But he always told me to play my natural game and do it to the best of my ability. Talking with him also helps a lot.
    BB: You have now played under different Coaches. But what difference did you found playing under Bob Houghton and Desmond Bulpin?
    Jeje: I don’t find any difference. You know great people think alike (Laughs). They are both very experience Coaches and they know what to do at what time. It’s a great privilege to be their student. Gouramangi once said that Bob Houghton is an Institution by himself and I seconded him. While Despond Bulpin is a man with vast knowledge of the game and one can never finish learning from him.

    BB: Indian football lovers are going crazy over you. You now carry millions hope every time you step into the field. Is this good for you or you feel the extra pressure?
    Jeje: Thanks to the Indian football lovers for their love and support. We are nothing without your support. It is your support which motivates and keeps us going. Moreover, with people expecting from me, I am not under any extra pressure. I rather take it as a motivational factor and want to do well from them. More the expectations, more it will motivate me to do better.
    BB: Indian Arrows was formed with much hope. But you are placed at the 10th spot at the moment. What position do you think will be a respectable finish for the team?
    Jeje: Of course finishing top would be the best (Laughs). But this won’t be possible this season as we are far down the table. A mid table finish would be good for us owing to the fact that Indian Arrows is playing its first I-League. Next season I am sure we will finish in a better position.
    BB: How do you feel on being touted as the next Bhaichung Bhutia?
    Jeje: It always feels good to be compared with one whom you have always idolized or look up to. But Bhaichung has reached his prime and has done so much for the country. As for me, I have just started off my career and still have a long way to go. So comparing with Bhaichung at this point is not done. It’s too early. I will have to prove myself at the highest level.
    BB: Looking back at your life, you started your Journey from Mizoram. So can you tell us about your journey from Mizoram to the Indian National Team?
    Jeje: Right from my childhood I was very passionate about football. And I did think of making a career out of it. However my family were little reluctant about it but Dad promise me if I clear my Class X exam he will allow me to play football. Clearing the exam I was admitted to Ari Football Academy in Aizwal and participated in the Wai Wai Cup which is a big football tournament in Mizoram. From there I was selected for the Mizoram U-19 team and from there to the India U-19 team. Then I landed up in Pune FC and then at Indian Arrows. From Indian Arrows I made a cut to the Senior National Team.
    BB: Who or what inspired you to take up football?
    Jeje: There are many people behind me. Naming a few, it has to be my Dad, then the Mizoram Football Association. But the most important of all would have to be Colin Toal who had done so much for me. I transformed a lot under him. He showed huge amount of faith and trust in me. He inspired me and infuse in the confidence that I can do it.
    BB: Who is your favorite football player?
    Jeje: Christiano Ronaldo; He is a gem in football. I just love watching him play. And I love Bhaichung Bhutia also.
    BB: Which club do you dream to play for?
    Jeje: (Laughs) As of now I am happy with where I am. I need to mature more as a player. I need to learn many things more. However I would like to play for a big European club one day.
    BB: What else do you like to do when you are not playing?
    Jeje: There is no time when I don’t play. I love playing. If I am not playing football I play some game or the other like Badminton.
    BB: Can you tell little about your childhood and your family?
    Jeje: I was born and brought up in a village in Southern part of Mizoram which is 5 hrs drive from Aizwal. My father is a govt. employee and Mom has a small business. I have an elder brother and an elder sister. So being the youngest in the family I was much pampered and throw tantrums when my wishes were not fulfilled. My football aspiration is also fulfilled because of the tantrums I throw at home.
    BB: What are your future plans?
    Jeje: I haven’t thought of anything yet.
    BB: You defeated Pakistan in football. Do you think Indian team can defeat Pakistan in Cricket as they play the ICC World Cup Semi-final on March 30?
    Jeje: Yes they will surely defeat Pakistan. It will be a tough match though as Pakistan is also a good side.
    BB: Anyway Jeje, thanks a lot for speaking to us. We hope to see you scoring many more goals and take Indian football ahead. SportsKeeda family wishes you a very good luck.
    Jeje: Thank You.

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  • AdminAdmin 240 Points
    Interview by AIFF

    He is newest found darling in Indian Football and rightly, the found of the season for the club as well as the Country. Jeje Lalpekhlua wrote headlines recently grabbing four goals in three matches in the AFC Challenge Cup qualifier held at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
    The Mizoram lad speaks his heart out on the recent development of his career in an exclusive interview with <!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.the-aiff.com">www.the-aiff.com</a><!-- w -->

    Excerpts:

    Q: Jeje, it has been very fruitful season for you from every front, how do you analyze the whole progress?
    Yes, it has been a fruitful season for me as well as the team. It is all due to hard work put in by all the stake holders.

    Q: A dream start to your International Career where you picked up four goals in three matches, what it meant for you and how was the experience playing alongside Sunil Chhteri?
    I owe success in my recent matches and in AFC Challenge Cup qualifying round to excellent team spirit and hard work by all the players. Even down by a goal against Pakistan and Turkmenistan, we kept on displaying spirited display and came out with flying colours. Sunil Chhetri is a great player and was honoured to play alongside him, I have to learn a lot from him.

    Q: From Pune FC to Indian Arrows, how has the journey been and what changes you have seen in yourself ?
    Pune FC was my initial platform where I got to play I-League. They always encouraged me to carry on and which gave me lot of confidence in my initial exposure to I-league. My colleagues in Indian Arrows are all my age and we have been playing together for the complete season now. It has been a great learning experience. Remember average age of our team is below 19 and we play all the top clubs and pitted against tall foreigners and we never give up easily.

    Q: Tell us about your early days as a player and your family?
    Mizoram has lot of passion for football. I got lot of encouragement from my father, Uncle who was a State level player and also played International Club match in Guwahati and am indebted to my fans, who support me.

    Q: Where do you see Indian Arrows finishing in the I-League?
    We had some fantastic wins in Home and Away matches, we were also unlucky not to win a few matches even though we were in complete domination of these matches. We just want to play matches natural way and not worried about the Standings and hope to finish in respectable position.

    Q: What is your personal target this season?
    There is no personal target, I just play my natural game and enjoy it too.

    Q: Lastly, Indian Arrows takes on Pune FC in the next match after beating HAL 4-0 in the last match, your comments?
    We will play it like any other match of the I-league match at home.
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