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NEROCA up against Indian Arrows in must-win game in I League
Sportslogon Team January 31st 2019


Bhubaneswar : Manipur-based NEROCA FC will take on the Indian Arrows at their new home ground at Kalinga Stadium here on Friday in the 12th Hero I-League. Last edition runner up team NEROCA is eyeing for a win to getting close to the second place finish that they secured in their debut season last year.

Neroca have 22 points from 14 games so far, eight behind leaders Chennai City and the Arrow, on the other hand, are lying eighth on the table with 13 points from 14 games.

Neroca have faltered in their last three outings, losing two and drawing one.

Neroca’s Spanish coach Manuel Fraile sounded positive in the pre-game press and expressed “The preparation is coming good. We are hoping to take the three points. It is a difficult team and the players are young. We are fighting to be on the top. We have a good team with experienced players. We lost with Mohun Bagan and Churchill in the past matches but we have a good fight which matters."

He added, Eduardo and Aryn Williams are suspended for this match but football is a team game and the rest of the team has players who are mature and professionals. Adherently it is a golden opportunity for the local players to come up.

Floyd Pinto, the Arrows gaffer, has also remained ever-positive with his young side and that should help them put behind memories of a 0-3 drubbing at the hands of their Friday opponents in the first leg.

Floyd said “Happy to be back home. It was not a good experience when we played in Neroca. No game is easy for us. If you look at the points table, we have been doing really well so far. The performance of the boys have been improving as the season has gone on but now we have reached that stage where we have to get points as well and I am sure we're going to have a good performance tomorrow. Either we keep a clean sheet or score one goal more than Neroca." .
This news was added and updated on : January 31st 2019
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