Benjamin Laldinpuia Khiangte, football legend from Mizoram passed away in Mizoram on Friday. Benjamin, popularly known as Didina breathed his last at the age of 60. Didina, played for Australian Capital Territory and Nepal first division teams during his younger days. In 1976 he returned to India, where along with a few friends, founded Aizawl FC in 1984.
Lalnghinglova Hmar (Tetea), an executive member of All India Football Federation said that Didina was the convener of the founder group of Aizawl FC. He was of the view that footballers should always wear the best shirt, so he even ordered Umbro jersey from foreign soil for Aizawl FC in the 1980’s added Hmar.
Didina was also the first captain of Aizawl FC and won many accolades as a player. After his retirement, he was hired as a manager/coach at The People’s Club.
He was long associated with MFA and had taken charge of the state team from sub-junior level to Santosh Trophy. It is also worth mentioning that he won the Goan First Division title with Faria Strikers in his first year with the club in the year 2009.
Mr. Hmingsanga, an executive member of MFA mentioned that Didina made many positive impacts for the development of football in Mizoram. His contribution is immense and it is a great loss for the fans.