Gulab jamun Cup to be hosted by Mizoram start footballer to save a struggling sweet shop
Lallianzuala Chhangte, Mizoram’s football star and a winger in the Indian team, has found a unique way of helping a sweet shop in his home state that has been struggling during the pandemic — the Gulab Jamun Cup. Chhangte, from Mizoram’s Lunglei town, recently gathered youngsters, who are part of the reserve teams of various Indian Super League and I-League teams, for training after taking permission from authorities.
He soon floated the idea of having competitive matches over the weekends. The winners would take home boxes of gulab jamun as their trophy.
“Their gulab jamuns have earned fame from far and wide, and when I shared this proposition of getting the same as the bounty, everyone loved the idea. Thus, the Gulab Jamun Cup saw the light of the day,” said Chhangte, who has been purchasing the sweets in bulk from the shop. For Chhangte, the shop and its owner have always held a special place in his heart since it was located near a ground where he used to train earlier. “I still remember the uncle used to try newer sweets and share them with us first. While coming back from school, I used to have lunch at his place almost every day. They are so close to my heart,” he said. Chhangte said the Gulab Jamun Cup was a “win-win situation” for all of them.
“We could motivate more people to join us and play which would, in turn, be better for us all. On the other hand, buying sweets for so many people would help the shopkeeper’s family to sustain,” he said.