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Shillong Lajong host NEROCA FC in a 'who's the boss' battle on the hills

Written by: I-League

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Shillong Lajong defeated defending champions Aizawl FC in their last game and NEROCA were held to a goalless draw by Mohun Bagan. 

Shillong Lajong FC and Neroca FC addressed the pre-match press conference on the eve of the second North East derby of the season to be played on 23rd December 2017 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong.

Having bagged 10 points from 5 matches, Lajong are firmly seated in the second spot on the league table.Speaking at the press conference Head Coach, Bobby Nongbet said that they will be careful in this match and will give their hundred percent to win the three vital points at home.

He added that since it is their home turf, the players will also be more confident despite their captain, Samuel being injured and remains a doubt for tomorrow's game. Lajong believes that they just need to play well tomorrow and everything else will fall into place.

"Other than Samuel there are no injuries in the squad, but he too is recovering." Bobby Nongbet, Head Coach of Shillong Lajong also stressed.


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Whereas, Neroca FC hold the fifth spot on the table with 7 points after their inspired draw against Mariners. Head Coach, Gift Raikhan said that he is really grateful to Lajong for hosting them in Shillong and he is really looking forward into the match. NEROCA is a new club in the I-League but is actually an old team, dating back to 1965.

He believes that they have a team which is well suited to tackle Lajong at home and will primarily play the matches game by game. Their team is all fit and they expect to play well tomorrow. Although they are in the fifth position of the table compared to Lajong who are second on the table, they are not at all tensed because the players know their duties well and he believes that they all will contribute to winning the game tomorrow.

NEROCA'S goalkeeper and Captain Lalit Thapa said,"Our team is preparing hard and it is a derby for us tomorrow. I hope the best team wins".

Published: Fri Dec 22, 2017 09:20 PM IST

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