Lalengmawia Ralte, often recognised by the name Apuia, who is currently seeing through his time at Mumbai City FC has headed to Belgium to spend two weeks in training with Lommel SK, a CFG-owned club competing in the Challenger Pro League (Belgian 1st Division B).
The Mumbai City pivot has already left for his short stint in Europe and will start training under the English football coach and former professional footballer, Stephen Andrew Bould. Lommel SK are currently placed 1st in the Challenger Pro League with six points in three matches.
The Mumbai City CEO, Mr Kandarp Chandra, said,
“Through our association with City Football Group, we knew it would open a pathway for players and coaches to have access to the Group’s collective resources and it brings me great pleasure to be able to see Apuia get the benefits of the technical expertise and know-how of our friends at Lommel SK.
“This is an indication that talent at Mumbai City will be furthered and nurtured within the Group and this can potentially open doors for others to gain a similar experience too. I want to thank our colleagues at Lommel and CFG for facilitating this training stint and we wish Apuia the very best for his time in Belgium.”
Apuia was on the teamsheet against Indian Army FT, ATK Mohun Bagan, and Rajasthan United FC in the Durand Cup – of which Mumbai City won two and drew one. As a result of his departure, he shall not feature in their match against Emami East Bengal this evening.
In other news, the ISL fixtures have been released and Mumbai City’s first five matches are against Hyderabad FC, Odisha FC, Jamshedpur FC, Kerala Blasters FC, and ATK Mohun Bagan FC in the respective order, of which three are home fixtures for the side. Their first match against the reigning champions will be on the 9th of October, an away match.