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I-League: Neroca host East Bengal in a battle of nerves
Imphal, Dec 29: Imphal city is going to witness another pulsating Hero I-League match between Kolkata powerhouse Kingfisher East Bengal and Neroca FC at Khuman Lampak Stadium here on Saturday.
It's going to be Neroca FC's second home match following their win over Chennai City FC on December 15.
While the Red & Golds are approaching the game with 13 points from 6 matches, hosts Neroca FC are three points shy having played one match less.
Both teams are coming to this tie at the back of crucial wins away from their home and they won't let this opportunity go to finish 2017 on a winning note.
Neroca overcame northeastern rivals Shillong Lajong 1-0 while Kingfisher East Bengal made Chennai City FC bite the dust at Coimbatore courtesy two strikes from Katsumi Yusa and Charles D'Souza.
Neroca FC head coach Gift Raikhan said at the press conference that he has already done with the strategy of Saturday's match and now it's time to implement them on the pitch.
"East Bengal is a very good team but Neroca FC is not less, it is completely our credit that we had drawn with Mohun Bagan and it gives us more confident to meet East Bengal tomorrow," he said.
"Tomorrow's match will be very difficult, and also will be a very entertaining match. The home crowd will witness one of the best I-league matches tomorrow… the team will play like do or die for the sake of the people of Manipur," he added.
On the other hand, Khalid Jamil, Kingfisher East Bengal coach mentioned that Neroca FC is also one of the good sides of the league but the table-toppers will do their best as the team and they'll approach the game as a do or die one.
"We don't think much about our previous matches, we don't want to recall what happened in our last game. Our sole focus is nothing but tomorrow's Neroca FC match," he stated.
"This match is very crucial, Neroca FC are also in very good form. Their foreign players are playing some really good football, but we have our own strategy in place to overcome Neroca FC."