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Zodingliana Ralte Mid-fielder

age 21 height (cm) 175

Hailing from Mizoram, Zodingliana Ralte nicknamed 'Adinga' staretd playing football at the tender age of seven in his village. A bright athlete from childhood, Adinga was soon selected to represent the Mizoram U-14 team for a football festival in Goa. His career only went onwards and upwards from there. Having played at other national tournaments like the Mir Iqbal Hussain Football Tournament in Haryana, Zodingliana made the transition from representing his state youth side to national youth sides effortlessly. For the next few years, Adinga was a fixture in the India under-14, under-16 and under-19 teams. A creative midfielder with a sweet left foot, Zodingliana has played all along the left flank in his career. His versatility meant his coaches even trusted him to perform in the middle of the pitch for the team. Young Zodingliana has been with I-League mainstays Shillong Lajong since his youth days. Making his first-team debut in the 2013/2014 season, Zodingliana has grown into one of the key members of the the I-League side. In the ISL, Zodingliana represented the Highlanders - North East United in the first season. Despite it being a pretty underwhelming first campaign, Zodingliana made 10 appearnces in 14 games. The second season of the ISL saw him switch to Roberto Carlos' Delhi Dynamos and Adinga operated as left back all season. He made 12 appearances in a campaign that ended in a semi-final heartbreak for the Delhi outfit. 21-year-old Zodingliana is a young left sided player who has got experience beyond his tender years in Indian football and to add to the big names he has played for in his career; he signed with FC Pune City for the 2016 season of the ISL.

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