Shillong Lajong FC has triumphed as the first team to secure promotion to make a comeback to the highly anticipated 2023-24 Hero I-League from the ongoing Hero 2nd Division League season. In a nail-biting football encounter at the SSA Stadium in Shillong on Sunday, May 21, 2023, the Meghalaya side clinched a 2-1 victory against FC Bengaluru United, elevating their Final Round tally to an impressive seven points from four games.
After a 4-year hiatus, Shillong Lajong has made a triumphant comeback to the Hero I-League. Following a commendable journey in this season’s Hero 2nd Division, overcoming challenges from various teams, Lajong emerged as the best runners-up and secured their spot in the Final Round. In a must-win situation against Bengaluru United, Lajong showcased their determination and resilience, with Everbrightson Mylliempdah and Figo Syndai delivering crucial goals to secure the victory.
With their return, the upcoming Hero I-League season will witness an impressive representation from northeast India, including Aizawl FC, NEROCA FC, and TRAU FC.
While Bengaluru United and United SC are now out of contention for promotion, the fate of the second team rests on the forthcoming clash between Delhi FC and Ambernath United Atlanta on Friday, May 26. Both teams are vying for their inaugural promotion to the Hero I-League, with Ambernath needing a draw and Delhi FC requiring a victory to secure their spot.