Robbie Fowler named a defensive formation against the well-set ATK Mohun Bagan with Balwant as the sole striker, putting the experienced Jeje Lalpekhlua on the bench, something that did not work out.
SC East Bengal joined the ISL only in late September and that gave them very little time to prepare for the competition but the club has recruited smartly under the guidance of Robbie Fowler as the legacy club aim to dazzle on debut.
India striker Jeje Lalpekhlua takes part in online gaming event to aid volunteer died during lockdown
Jeje Lalpekhlua has joined forces with mobile gamers from Mizoram for an online gaming event to aid the family of a volunteer who died while enforcing the lockdown to contain the coronavirus.
India's biggest sportspersons - current and former - gazed into the crystal ball and predicted the future of sports once the action resumes.
Indian football team striker Jeje Lalpekhlua has come to the rescue of people in dire need of blood when it is not readily available in Mizoram due to the extraordinary situation arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Comeback postponement a setback, but no complaints in current situation, says India forward Jeje Lalpekhlua
"I was really looking forward to the camp in Bhubaneswar. The postponement has come as a big setback. But there's no room to complain and I fully stand by the decision taken," Jeje said.
FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers: Sandesh Jhingan, Jeje Lalpekhlua called up for 18-day national football camp
Jhingan had been sidelined because of a knee injury which he sustained six months ago, while Jeje is returning from a knee injury he suffered in June last year
India new coach Igor Stimac announces probables list for King's Cup; injured Jeje Lalpekhlua left out
Injured striker Jeje Lalpekhlua along with four others have been left out of the national team's probables' list for the Kings Cup football tournament in Thailand that takes place in June.
AFC Cup 2019: Chennaiyin FC beat Abahani Dhaka via Wellington Priori's late own goal to widen gap atop Group E
Abahani battled to the end but failed to create any clear chances to level the score as India's Chennaiyin FC moved three points above them in the group
ISL 2018-19: Defending champs Chennaiyin FC stay rooted to bottom of standings despite beating table-toppers Bengaluru FC
Chennaiyin FC took their tally to eight points from 15 games but remain at the bottom of the table.
AFC Asian Cup: Unfortunate India go down to hosts UAE after strikes from Khalfan Mubarak, Ali Ahmed Mabkhout
India left their scoring boots and luck behind while hosts United Arab Emirates found both after a subdued opener to record a 2-0 win in the AFC Asian Cup
AFC Asian Cup 2019, India vs UAE, Match Highlights: Khaflan Mubarak, Ali Ahmed Mabkhout's goals seal match for hosts
Catch the Live score and updates from the AFC Asian Cup Group A match between India and United Arab Emirates.
AFC Asian Cup 2019: New generation of Indian players more knowledgeable about fitness, says assistant coach S Venkatesh
India look a completely different unit from the one that took part in the Asian Cup eight years ago. The Blue Tigers are no pushovers and have forced opponents to look at them as a serious team.
AFC Asian Cup 2019: Stephen Constantine’s ‘chosen ones’ sparkle to help silence Indian manager’s detractors
Having identified the players of his choice, Stephen Constantine has stuck with them through thick and thin. The likes of Narzary, Jeje, Sandesh Jhingan and Anas Edathodika weren’t in the best of forms coming into the tournament
AFC Asian Cup 2019: Heroic Sunil Chhetri inspires India to shock 4-1 victory over Thailand in opener
Sunil Chhetri's brace and goals from Anirudh Thapa and substitute Jeje Lalpekhlua completed the rout to leave India as unlikely group leaders.
AFC Asian Cup 2019, India vs Thailand, Match highlights: Sunil Chhetri inspires team to terrific win in opener
Catch the Live score and updates from the AFC Asian Cup 2019 match between India and Thailand
AFC Asian Cup 2019: Underdogs India must dream big at quadrennial event despite tough competition from continental elites
India begin their 2019 AFC Asian Cup campaign against Thailand on 6 January at the Al Nahyan Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
AFC Asian Cup 2019: Indian captain Sunil Chhetri 'always knows where I am' on the pitch, says forward Jeje Lalpekhlua
India take on Thailand in their opening match of the AFC Asian Cup 2019 and Jeje Lalpekhlua sounded confident, saying his understanding with captain Sunil Chhetri would be key to India's campaign.
AFC Asian Cup 2019: As India gear up for continental challenge, numbers don’t paint a happy picture for Stephen Constantine's men
Lack of finishing and a shaky defence has been a problem of late for team India and going by the recent pattern, it looks like this could continue at the start of the new year.
Sunil Chhetri has been the face of Indian football in recent times and the forward promised to lead by example in their return to the AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates after an eight-year hiatus.