India's only representative from the state of Mizoram, talented midfield player Lalengmawia started his journey from very humble and simple beginnings. The son of a butcher in a family of five, he followed his passion towards football and was given full support by his family and he will now be playing on the biggest stage, representing his nation.
Lalengmawia plays primarily as a central midfielder but can also play as an attacking midfielder providing crucial balls for the front men and even contribute with a few goals of his own. The Mizoram-born 17-year-old is a passionate boy and has his eyes set on the prize as he goes in the FIFA U-17 World Cup, a crucial part of the Indian side.Here is a short video of him talking about his journey so far and his aspirations for the national team :
Here are ten things you need to know about one of the talented central players in the India U-17 side :
#1 Lalengmawia was born in Aizawl in Mizoram and is the only player from the North Eastern state in the present squad.
#2 His birthday is on the 17th of October.
#3 Former East Bengal man Lalrindika Ralte is his favourite Indian player.
#4 He loves FC Barcelona and idolises Argentinian forward Lionel Messi.
#5 Lalengmawia supports his hometown club and current I-League champions Aizawl FC.
#6 Apart from Football, he also loves to play Basketball.
#7 He is a big fan of Jackie Chan and loves all his movies but his favourite movie is Fast and the Furious.
#8 He loves listening to Bruno Mars and it acts as a stress buster for him.
#9 He is also into gaming and loves playing games whenever time permits.
#10 He loves his hometown of Aizawl and loves his home cooked food.
Lalengmawia started out when he was selected from his school for the U-14 Subroto Cup team and he has been in the fray since then. Even though from a humble family, where the only earner is his father who is a butcher, his parents have always been there for him during all his need for football and have always given him their full support.
Lalengmawia's story serves as an inspiration, it makes you believe in the fact that if you are passionate about something and work hard and have the talent, no matter what the situation you will succeed. The midfielder who wants to be a professional footballer will be one to keep an eye out for in the Indian team.
Stay tuned to this series for more about the Indian team stars who will make the nation proud at the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017.
The FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 will start on 6th October and the official broadcasters for the event in India are SONY TEN 2 and SONY TEN 3