Children participating in the Hero ISL Children’s League in the Shillong division can garner inspiration from the footballing journey of Redeem Tlang. He is one of their very own and is flying the flag of Meghalaya high in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL).

There’s no looking back for Shillong-born Redeem Tlang, ever since he starred for NorthEast United FC in the Hero ISL last season.

Playing with the likes of seasoned professionals like Asamoah Gyan, Jose David Lleudo, Martin Chaves and Federico Gallego has taken his game to another level. The inputs of former NorthEast United FC and current Kerala Blasters head coach Eelco Schattorie, as well as current NorthEast United FC head coach and former Croatia full-back Robert Jarni has been valuable in grooming him into one of the country’s most talented footballers.

Redeem started playing football from the age of seven. It laid the foundation for him to play football at all levels. Hailing from a football frenzy state certainly played its part.

The rise of Redeem Tlang has certainly not been easy. It took years of hard work and dedication for Redeem to reach the highest level of Indian football.

He is a product of the Shillong Lajong youth academy, having joined them in 2009, when he was just 14 years old. He rose to prominence in 2013, with his performances in the Shillong First Division League. He received numerous accolades when he scored four goals in a 6-1 thrashing of city rivals Shillong United that year.

His consistent performances and constant goal-scoring abilities in the U-19 I-League North East Zone impressed Lajong manager Thangboi Singto. Later that year, he made his professional debut for Shillong Lajong against Churchill Brothers in the I-League. He scored his first senior team goal against Salgaocar in the Federation Cup in 2014.

The speedy winger’s talents didn’t go unnoticed for long as he was snapped up by NorthEast United FC ahead of the 2018-19 ISL season.

Redeem scored a memorable goal against Bengaluru FC in the first leg of the semi-final that season. He is continuing to prove his worth, having already netted goals against FC Goa and Odisha FC this season.

Redeem’s directness in attacking play and nimble footwork are features to behold. But what makes him truly stand apart is his rate of tackling, which is quite high for a player playing in the winger position. It is only a matter of time before the 24-year-old winger receives a call up from the national team coach.