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We want to win I-League and create history: Neroca coach

Imphal: Brimming with confidence after his side's nine-match unbeaten run in their debut season, Neroca FC head coach Gift Raikhan made it clear that the Manipur club can lift the I-League title and create Indian football history.
Neroca, the first Manipur side to have qualified for the I-League, are now at second spot with 21 points from 10 matches and a win on Wednesday will take them to the top position ahead of Minerva Punjab (22 points from nine matches).
Out of the eight matches left in the league, the Imphal based side will play six at home and that has given them a lot of hope to have a go at the title.
They have not lost at their home venue Khuman Lampak Stadium till now, winning twice and drawing once so far.
"I hope the wish of the people of Manipur (of Neroca winning the I-League) is fulfilled. It will be a great achievement if Neroca does not lose a single home match and that will be crucial (for a title win).
"We will try our best, we want to create history in Indian football which will pave a new path for other clubs to emulate," head coach Gift Raikhan said.
For a side being run with a shoestring budget, Neroca have shown that their top spot finish in the second division to make it to the I-League was no fluke. They have played out draws against Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, who have several times bigger budget, while beating sides like Aizawl FC, Chennai City FC and Indian Arrows.
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