I-League 2017-18: Gift Raikhan admits to pressure on NEROCA ahead of 'must-win' game

The head coach of the team from the North-East stressed the importance of getting back to winning ways...

NEROCA FC head coach Gift Raikhan admitted to feeling the pressure to obtain a positive result when his team takes on Churchill Brothers in the I-League on Tuesday.

"It is a must-win game. There will be pressure. We don't want to lose again so definitely, there will be pressure. If we lose three games continuously, it is not good," said Raikhan.

After a nine-game unbeaten run, NEROCA lost to Shillong Lajong and Minerva Punjab in their previous two games.

"It is not easy to travel from Kerala to Manipur. But that is not an excuse, the results are results. We lost two games after the nine-game run.

"We will work hard and try our best to win three points on Tuesday. We know that Churchill are a good team. Let us see what will happen. "

Meanwhile, Churchill Brothers head coach Alfred Fernandes is not underestimating the ability of NEROCA FC.

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"The title is not decided until the final match is played. But they are in the second position which shows their potential. Losing two matches does not make them inferior. They will come at us all guns blazing against us because they lost two matches.

"We have to be on our guard and be prepared for that. They are a very good team but we are fully prepared for that," Fernandes signed off.