Jeje Lalpekhlua returned to competitive football for the first time in 18 months after he came on in SC East Bengal’s Indian Super League (ISL 2020-21) match against Mumbai City at the GMC Athletic Stadium in Bambolim on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old, who moved to SC East Bengal this season, played his last match on April 30 last year for Chennaiyin FC in the AFC Cup.

He was then forced to undergo a knee surgery and missed the entire ISL 2019-20 season, where his former club Chennaiyin FC finished as runner-up.

The ‘Mizo Sniper’ is the the ISL’s second-highest Indian goal-scorer with 23 strikes and is also sixth on the list of all-time top-scorers in the ISL.

He made 69 appearances for Chennaiyin and was the club’s leading goal-scorer. He has the distinction of being the only player to have scored in each of the first five editions of the ISL.

Jeje, who has earlier played for Mohun Bagan,…

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