The Orange Brigade had earlier threatened to shut shop during the Super Cup.
With Indian football currently in dire straits with a rather uncertain future, it is NEROCA FC now, who face a rather unfortunate scenario of having to possibly pull out from the I-League.
With the AIFF taking a rigid and unfortunate stance towards I-League clubs, it doesn’t come much as a surprise. It is already known that the Imphal-based club lost its main investors in the guise of Classic. Khel Now had also revealed earlier that the club’s new gaffer Renedy Singh had also joined Classic’s new football academy as technical director. According to Khel Now sources, “the club won’t participate in the I-League, if it doesn’t get suitable investors soon”.
Khel Now sources have also revealed that the club won’t shut down, but if it doesn’t get the right investor, then it would participate in local leagues and competitions.
NEROCA finished off the 2018-19 I-League season with a sixth-place finish. The club registered 26 points, coupled with seven wins, five draws, and eight losses. During the Super Cup protest, the club had threatened to shut shop too!
The future looks unsure, with the AIFF still not revealing anything about Indian football’s future, regarding the top-league status. We have already had Minerva Punjab reveal that they would play a U-23 team in the upcoming I-League, and now NEROCA’s uncertainty, could be a sign of bad things to come.