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Shillong Lajong FC, NEROCA FC confident ahead of key I-League clash

Shillong Lajong FC and NEROCA FC will face off in an I-League derby match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong.

football Updated: Dec 22, 2017 22:41 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Shillong Lajong FC and NEROCA FC will face off in an I-League derby match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong. (AIFF)

Shillong Lajong FC and NEROCA FC both seemed confident 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 the 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.

NEROCA FC hold the fifth spot on the table with 7 points after their draw against Mohun Bagan. Head coach Gift Raikhan believes that they have a team which is well suited to tackle Lajong at home and will primarily play the matches game by game.

Although they are in the fifth position of the table, the head coach added they are not 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”.

First Published: Dec 22, 2017 22:41 IST