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Jeje Lalpekhlua (born 7 January 1991) is an Indian professional footballer who is the captain of club Chennaiyin FC and also plays for the India national football team.

Jeje Lalpekhlua
Jeje Lalpekhlua.jpg
Jeje in 2011
Personal information
Full name Jeje Lalpekhlua Fanai
Date of birth (1991-01-07) 7 January 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth Hnahthial, Mizoram, India
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Chennaiyin
Number 12
Youth career
2007–2008 Pune
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2013 Pune 54 (15)
2010–2011Pailan Arrows (loan) 15 (13)
2013–2014 Dempo 18 (5)
2014–2015 Mohun Bagan 12 (1)
2014Chennaiyin (loan) 13 (4)
2015– Chennaiyin 51 (18)
2016Mohun Bagan (loan) 14 (4)
2017Mohun Bagan (loan) 17 (5)
National team
2008–2009 India U19 2 (4)
2010–2011 India U23 17 (6)
2011– India 56 (23)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13:34, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19:00, 14 January 2019 (UTC)

He is the second highest Indian goalscorer in the Indian Super League since its inception. In 2015, he won the I-league with Mohun Bagan and the Indian Super League with Chennaiyin, and was subsequently named the FPAI Football Player of the Year.

CareerEdit

Youth careerEdit

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

Despite as initial hesitation from his parents in pursuing football professionally, 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. Jeje impressed youth coach Colm Toal at the U-19 selection camp in Gwalior and got selected for U19 qualifiers.

PuneEdit

Jeje was spotted by the Goa scouts and he signed for the Red Lizards at the age of 16. He then went on to captain the India U19 team in the South Asian Games.[2] Initially playing in their youth setup, Jeje would make his senior debut for Pune, who were then in the I-League 2nd division, during the 2009 I-League 2nd Division. It is only known that he had played nineteen games and scored five goals in his first two season at Pune.[3]

Pailan Arrows (loan)Edit

For the 2010–11 I-League season, Lalpekhlua signed for I-League newcomers Indian Arrows on a one-year loan basis from parent club Pune.[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 the two games he 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, Jeje 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 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 PuneEdit

On 7 July 2011, it was announced that Jeje was to return to his parent club Pune in the I-League.[11] 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 in the Federation Cup on 19 September 2011 against East Bengal 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 as a regular starter for Pune. In the second game of the season he scored his first goal in the 78th minute to mark the start of a comeback to make the score a 1–2 against Sporting Goa in a match which ended 2–2 on 28 October 2011.[15] Jeje continued his scoring form in the next match as he scored against Chirag United in what was Pune's first win of the 2011–12 I-League season in a 3–1 win 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]

DempoEdit

On 15 June 2013, Jeje signed for Dempo on a two-year contract.[18] Lalpekhlua made his debut for the Goan side 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 at the Duler Stadium on the 81st minute; the game eventually finished 1–1.

Mohun BaganEdit

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 Bagan in a match against Tollygunge Agragami in the Calcutta Football League. In the 41st minute of the same match, Lalpekhlua earned and converted a penalty in what proved to be the only goal in a 1–0 win.[22] On 25 April 2015 Lalpekhlua scored his first League goal for Mohun Bagan in a 2–0 win at Pune.[23]

Chennaiyin (loan)Edit

In September 2014, Jeje was loaned out to Chennaiyin for the 2014 Indian Super League season by Mohun Bagan. On 19 November Lalpekhlua scored his first goal from a Balwant Singh assist in a 3–1 win over FC Pune City.[24][25] Jeje finished as the top scoring Indian player in the league with 4 goals.

ChennaiyinEdit

Jeje signed a 2-year contract with Chennaiyin for the 2015 Indian Super League season.[26] In the second season with Chennaiyin, Jeje scored 6 goals, including a goal in the first leg of the semi-finals as well as recording 3 assists en route to winning the title. He was also chosen as the Emerging Player of the Season.[27]

Mohun Bagan (loan)Edit

Jeje was loaned back to Bagan by parent club Chennaiyin for the 2015-16 I-League campaign.[28] He had an excellent season where he won the Federation Cup with Bagan where he finished as the top scorer in the tournament with 8 goals, while finishing runner-up to Bengaluru FC during the I-League campaign, contributing 4 goals. He also had a productive AFC Cup chipping in with 6 goals [29] and was awarded the Indian Player of the Year title by his peers.[30]

ChennaiyinEdit

Jeje started the first match of the 2016 Indian Super League season away from home against Kolkata, providing an assist in a match that ended 2–2. He scored his first goal of the season against Pune from a long ball from Jerry which he lobbed above Pune goalkeeper Edel.[31]

InternationalEdit

 
Jeje playing for 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.[32] 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.[33] 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.[34] On 25 March he scored 4th goal of his international career against Turkmenistan which helped India tie the match.[35] 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.[36] 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.[37] 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.[38] He then scored his first goal of the tournament on 7 December 2011 against Sri Lanka.[39] 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.[40] He played a sensational game against Lebanon U22 and scored brace in that match, he came up in 65min from the bench. He scored his 10th and 11th goal against Maldives in the Saff Cup semifinals. He recently scored a goal against Puerto Rico in an International friendly played in Mumbai, making it 7 goals in his last 7 games for the Indian National side. He scored only goal for India against Kyrgyzstan on 27 March 2018 but later his goal proved to be just a consolation goal for INDIA since India lost 2-1 to Kyrgyzstan in their last Asian cup qualifier game.

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 the 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 India national football team. He also played a crucial role in India's 2011 SAFF Cup championship victory. In the 2015 SAFF Cup, he scored 3 goals, including an equalizer in the final as India won 2–1 after extra time.

StatsEdit

ClubEdit

Statistics accurate as of 5 June 2018[41][42]

Club Season League Federation Cup Durand Cup/Super Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Pune 2009 I-League 2nd Division 2 3 0 0 0 0 2 3
2009–10 I-League 17 2 0 0 0 0 17 2
2011–12 I-League 16 5 2 2 0 0 18 7
2012–13 I-League 19 5 3 1 2 1 24 7
Pune Total 54 15 5 3 2 1 0 0 61 19
Pailan Arrows (loan) 2010–11 I-League 15 13 1 1 0 0 16 14
Dempo 2013–14 I-League 18 5 2 0 0 0 20 5
Mohun Bagan 2014–15 I-League 12 1 4 0 0 0 16 1
Chennaiyin (loan) 2014 Indian Super League 13 4 13 4
Chennaiyin 2015 Indian Super League 11 6 11 6
2016 Indian Super League 9 3 9 3
2017–18 Indian Super League 20 9 1 0 21 9
Chennaiyin Total 40 18 0 0 1 0 0 0 41 18
Mohun Bagan (loan) 2015–16 I-League 14 4 5 8 9 7 28 19
2016–17 I-League 17 5 5 1 9 5 31 11
Mohun Bagan Total 31 9 10 9 0 0 18 12 59 30
Career Total 173 65 22 13 3 1 18 12 216 91

International statisticsEdit

As of 14 January 2019[43]
India national team
Year Apps Goals
2011 15 8
2012 0 0
2013 6 0
2014 0 0
2015 10 3
2016 6 5
2017 9 4
2018 7 2
2019 3 1
Total 56 23

International goalsEdit

  6 January 2019

Goals in official international matchesEdit

Under–23Edit

Senior teamEdit

  6 January 2019

Scores and results list India's goal tally first.[44]

Unofficial international goalEdit

HonoursEdit

InternationalEdit

India

ClubEdit

Mohun Bagan
Chennaiyin FC

IndividualEdit

  • FPAI Best Young Player Award: 2010–11
  • AIFF Emerging Player of the Year: 2013
  • Indian Super League Emerging Player of the League: 2015
  • Federation Cup Top Goalscorer: 2015–16
  • Federation Cup Best Player: 2015–16
  • FPAI Indian Player of the Year: 2015–16
  • AIFF Player of the Year: 2016
  • Indian Super League Fans' Player of the Month: December 2017[45]

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