NEROCA F.C.

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NEROCA FC
Official NEROCA FC Logo.png
Full nameNorth Eastern Re-Organising Cultural Association Football Club
Nickname(s)Orange Brigade
Founded1965; 54 years ago (1965)
GroundKhuman Lampak Main Stadium
Capacity35,000
OwnerNEROCA Football Club Pvt. Ltd. under North Eastern Re-Organising Cultural Association (NEROCA)
PresidentArunkumar Thangjam
Head CoachManuel Retamero Fraile
LeagueI-League
2017-182nd
WebsiteClub website
Current season

NEROCA Football Club is an Indian professional association football club based in Imphal, Manipur, India. The club made its I-League 2nd Division debut in the 2015-16 season.[1] The club won the 2016–17 I-League 2nd Division and secured promotion to the I-League. NEROCA is the only club from Northeast India to reach the final of the coveted Durand Cup.

History[edit]

Having long desire of the people of the northern Imphal side particularly along the Imphal-Dimapur National Highway No.39 (Now, NH2), the North Eastern Re-Organising Cultural Association (NEROCA), Sangakpham Bazar, Imphal, Manipur was established in 1965 with a good hope to enhance quality of youths especially in the field of cultural activities and sports arena. It was registered under the Manipur State Co-Operative Society Registration Act bearing Registration No. 1016 of 1972. NEROCA is a registered Football Club of Imphal East District Football Association and affiliated to the All Manipur Football Association (AMFA), Mapal Kangjeibung, Imphal. NEROCA participated the Manipur State League (MSL) since the beginning and stood 2nd position in the 2nd MSL, 2007. Again, in the last concluded 9th MSL, 2014, NEROCA got the Championship Trophy. With the Aim & Objective to participate the I-League (2nd Division), 2015-16 and as per norms of the All India Football Federation (AIFF), the nomenclature of NEROCA is changed to NEROCA Football Club Imphal and managed by a Private Limited Company, NEROCA Football Club Pvt. Ltd. bearing Company Identification Number U92412MN2015PTC008432.

Stadium[edit]

Khuman Lampak Main Stadium.jpg

Khuman Lampak Main Stadium, Imphal, Manipur is used as the home ground of NEROCA FC. Their first home match in the I-League was played on 15 December 2017 against Chennai City F.C.

Colours[edit]

The official colour of NEROCA is orange. The home jersey is orange and they use the white jersey for away matches.

Supporters & Rivalry[edit]

Neroca F.C. fans club is also known as the Orange Brigade. It was formed by a group of supporters.

Northeast India Derby[edit]

Opponent Played Wins Draws Losses Win %
NEROCA 7 4 2 1 057.14
Aizawl 9 1 3 5 011.11
Shillong Lajong 10 5 1 4 050.00
Total 23 9 5 9 039.13

Players[edit]

As of 25 May 2018

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 India DF Rojen Meitei
3 India DF Moirangthem Dhananjoy Singh
4 Equatorial Guinea DF Eduardo Ferreira
5 Liberia DF Varney Kallon (Vice captain)
6 India DF Moirangmayum Ashok Singh
7 India MF Ronald Singh
8 India MF Naorem Tondomba Singh
9 India FW Jerry Pulamte
10 Japan FW Katsumi Yusa
11 Nigeria FW Felix Chidi Odili
12 India MF Subhash Singh
13 India GK Lalit Thapa (captain)
14 India MF Malemngamba Meitei
15 India FW Surjakanta Tongbram
No. Position Player
16 India DF Sebastian Thangmuansang
17 India MF Sushil Meitei
18 India DF Naocha Huidrom
19 India DF Denechandra Meitei
20 India MF Thokchom Johnson Singh
21 India GK Loitongbam Bishorjit Singh
22 India DF Mohammad Abdul Salam
23 India FW Ngangom Ronald Singh
24 India MF Thangjam Singh
25 India DF Chingakham Roshan Singh
26 India FW Gunajit Singh
27 India FW Manglem Meitei
28 Australia MF Aryn Williams
77 Bhutan FW Chencho Gyeltshen (On loan from Bengaluru FC)
29 India MF Biaklian Paite
30 India GK Golmei Dihempu Rongmei

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors[edit]

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2015—2016 Glory Sports Classic Group of Hotels
2016—2017 Bee Athletic
2017—2018 Vector X
2018—present Sqad Gear

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach SpainManuel Retamero Fraile
Assistant Coach India Wangkheirakpam Shyamjai Meitei
Fitness Coach India Cherish Salam
Team Manager India Gamjin Daimei
Club Physio India Bikram Kumar Singh
Office Secretary IndiaYumnam Robinson Singh
Kit Manager India Angam Zimik

Management[edit]

Position Name
President India Arunkumar Thangjam
CEO (Chief Executive Officer) India Naoba Thangjam

Team records[edit]

Record[edit]

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Average attendance Federation Cup/Super Cup Durand Cup AFC Champions League AFC Cup
2015–16 I-League 2nd 10 3 DNP DNP DNP DNP
2016–17 I-League 2nd 12 1 8,438 DNP Runners-up DNP DNP
2017-18 I-League 10 2 21,382 Quarter-finals DNP DNP DNP
2018-19 I-League 11 DNP DNP DNP
Key
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

Overall records[edit]

updated on 28 May 2017

Season Domestic Asia
Division P W D L GF GA P W D L GF GA
2015–16 2 18 8 5 5 20 16 Not qualified
2016–17 2 16 12 3 1 28 7 Not qualified
2017–18 1 18 9 5 4 20 13 Not qualified
2018–19 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -

Top scorer[edit]

updated on 28 May 2017

Season Player Goals
2015–16 Nigeria Ejiogu Chinedu Emmanuel 3
2016–17 Nigeria Felix Chidi Odili 9
2017–18 Nigeria Felix Chidi Odili 7

Past and present internationals[edit]

Names in bold indicate players who had international appearances for their countries while playing for NEROCA.

Head coach's record[edit]

updated on 28 May 2017

Name Nationality From To P W D L GF GA Win%
Gift Raikhan  India 2015 2018 34 20 8 6 48 23 058.82

Manuel Retamero Fraile

 Spain 2018 8 4 2 2 11 7 050.00

Honours[edit]

National[edit]

Runners-up (1): 2017–18
Winners (1): 2016–17
Runners-up (1): 2016 Durand Cup[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "I-League Core Committee Meets At AIFF Headquarters". I-League.org. Archived from the original on 21 September 2015. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
  2. ^ "Army Green beat Neroca FC to win Durand Cup". Times of India. 11 September 2016. Retrieved 25 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Durand Cup Football: Army Green Crowned Champions After Shoot-Out". NDTV. 11 September 2016. Retrieved 25 October 2016.

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