BENGALURU: A few months ago, Eugeneson Lyngdoh was a Bengaluru FC hero, loved by fans and hailed as one of the best Indian midfielders. But as BFC gained entry into the Indian Super League, they had tough choices to make. They could retain only two senior stars and three U-21 players.
Lyngdoh was one of the players BFC had to sacrifice. The Shillong-born midfielder was picked up by ATK from the players draft and his stint with BFC came to an end.
Lyngdoh earned recognition at BFC under former coach Ashley Westwood. During his three-year tenure at BFC, the 31-year-old won the I-League, Federation Cup and also helped his side reach the AFC Cup final. But life goes on, and he has moved on too. Cherishing the memories of the ‘Fortress’, he is determined to make a mark at ATK.
“It was a fantastic experience at BFC. Playing alongside some of the best players in the country was a great learning curve,” Lyngdoh said.
“But we’re professional players and we play for different clubs at different points. As a player, I’m extremely excited to be part of the ATK roster and I wish to bring my A-game to the pitch to assist my new club to retain the coveted trophy.”
Lyngdoh struggled with form under current BFC coach Albert Roca. Now at ATK, he will reunite with his former boss, who is the technical director of the club, and will hope to rediscover his form. “I’ve been lucky to have trained under two experienced coaches. They’ve added value to my game. Both of them have been helpful. It will be good to work with Teddy (Sheringham) and Ashley again,” he said.
Lyngdoh was a vital cog in BFC’s AFC Cup success, but now at ATK, he will have to wait at least a season to play in the continental tournament.
“It was a privilege to play in the AFC Cup for BFC and I’m glad that I could contribute to the team’s success. But with ISL getting a continental playoff berth, I’m confident that ATK will give our best shot to play in the AFC Cup qualifiers,” Lyngdoh said.
ATK have put together a strong team with a few good foreign signings. Lyngdoh believes the team has what it takes to defend the title. “The team is still in transition but ATK has the right mix of experience and youth.”