Shillong, Apr 14: Meghalaya’s midfielder Damaitphang Lyngdoh made his senior team debut for Bengaluru FC as they thrashed Tribhuvan Army FC of Nepal 5-0 in the AFC Cup preliminary stage two match in Goa today.

Lyngdoh played for around 15 minutes after coming on as a second half substitute after BFC had scored all five of their goals.

After a goalless first half, Bengaluru pumped in goals at will through Cleiton Silva (51′, 61′, 65′), Sunil Chhetri (52′) and Rahul Bheke (65′).

Victory means that the Blues are through to the playoff round of the 2021 AFC Cup.

Lyngdoh featured for the Bengaluru B team in the local league in Karnataka, where the club finished second in their most recent campaign. His performance there was noticed by new Bengaluru coach Marco Pezzaiuoli and he was brought over to train with the senior team before making his way into the 29-member squad. Lyngdoh is one of five reserve team players who have graduated to the senior side.

(Bengaluru FC file photo)

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