Gangtok, 16 Jun:

Star footballer, Ong Tshering Lepcha after playing in numerous national and international matches has returned to his roots to help young footballers train. Lepcha (30) is recovering from his knee injury and is back in Passingdang. During this break, he is holding a training and skill camp for the local lads gearing up for the upcoming ‘02nd Division Sikkim League’ scheduled to kick off next month at Paljor Stadium.

After learning that Passingdang lacks a proper training institute Lepcha volunteered to be the coach for the lads by providing tips, skills and training sessions for the local players.

“The players are fantastic and to be able to compete in such a league with very less guidance and training is disheartening and commendable at the same time,” he says.

The training sessions are held at Passingdang School ground which according to Lepcha was donated by his father to the people of Passingdang for their children to play. Lepcha says that he is recovering by engaging in a little action with the trainees himself.

“I am training them as best I can. They are phenomenal players but they don’t know what their strong and weak points are. That’s where I come in,” Lepcha shares.

“I want them to prove that there are good players even in the remote corners of the state who can play better and perform better if they are given more exposure,” he says.

Ong Tshering Lepcha was dubbed as the next Bhaichung Bhutia by the media. He has played for Churchill Brothers and also captained the India Under-20 team. In 2009 Lepcha joined the Delhi Club, Indian Nationals where his name was put forward by Bhaichung Bhutia. After a season with Indian Nationals, Lepcha joined BMFC Mumbai in 2010 and then joined another Mumbai side Kenkre FC on loan and played in the 2nd Division I-League qualifiers. He has captained India Under 16 and Under 20 National teams in the past and has also scored a few international goals so he is also looking forward to win back that India jersey once again.