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Official NEROCA FC Logo.png
Full nameNorth Eastern Re-Organising Cultural Association Football Club
Nickname(s)Orange Brigade
Founded1965; 55 years ago (1965)
GroundKhuman Lampak Main Stadium
OwnerNEROCA Football Club Pvt. Ltd. under North Eastern Re-Organising Cultural Association (NEROCA)
ChairmanArunkumar Thangjam
ManagerGift Raikhan
LeagueI League
WebsiteClub website
Current season

NEROCA Football Club is an Indian professional 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.


North Eastern Re-Organising Cultural Association (NEROCA), Sangakpham Bazar, Imphal, Manipur was established in 1965 with the hope of improving quality in the field of cultural activities and sports. 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 All Manipur Football Association (AMFA), Mapal Kangjeibung, Imphal. NEROCA has participated in the Manipur State League (MSL) since its inception and finished in second place in the 2nd MSL, 2007. In the 9th MSL, 2014, NEROCA won the Championship Trophy. With the aim of participating in the I-League (2nd Division), 2015–16 and as per the norms of All India Football Federation (AIFF), the nomenclature of NEROCA was changed to NEROCA Football Club and managed by a Private Limited Company, NEROCA Football Club Pvt. Ltd. bearing Company Identification Number U92412MN2015PTC008432.

Marvin Phillip is NEROCA's Current Captain
Marvin Phillip is NEROCA's Current Captain


Khuman Lampak Main Stadium
Khuman Lampak Main Stadium.jpg
Full nameKhuman Lampak Main Stadium
LocationImphal,Manipur, India
OwnerManipur Football Federation
OperatorNEROCA and TRAU
CapacityFull : 42,500
NEROCA (2015-Present)
TRAU (2015-Present)

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.


NEROCA had the 2nd highest average attendance for the 2018–19 I League season. In the 2017–18 season, NEROCA had the highest attendance in the I League.


NEROCA have participated in the Imphal derby with city rivals TRAU. The two clubs are the only two from Imphal to have played professional league football.


The official colour of NEROCA is orange.

Senior Team Squad

As of 7 March 2020

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

No. Position Player
1 Trinidad and Tobago GK Marvin Phillip (Captain)
3 India MF Kongbrailatpam Manjit Sharma
4 Mali DF Ousmane Diawara
5 Trinidad and Tobago DF Taryk Sampson
6 India DF Moirangthem Dhananjoy
7 India MF Sushil Meitei
9 India MF Khaimithang Lhungdim
11 India FW Ongnam Romton
12 India GK Bishorjit Loitongbam
13 India GK Golmei Dihempu Rongmei
14 India MF Zodingliana Ralte
15 India DF Wahengam Rojen Meitei
16 India DF Chingkham Roshan Singh
17 India MF Yumkhaibam Jiteshwor Singh
19 India MF Siam Hanghal
20 India MF Nongthombam Ronaldo
No. Position Player
21 India MF Thokchom Johnson Singh
22 India MF Y Sonam Chothe
24 India MF Chanso Horam
25 India DF Seikhohao Haokip
26 India MF Ronald Singh
28 India FW Khanngam Horam
29 India FW Manglem Nongthombam
30 Mali FW Boubacar Diarra
32 India FW Varun Thokchom
37 India FW Imran Khan
40 India FW Pritam Singh
42 India FW Subhash Singh
44 India DF Govin Singh
45 Hungary MF Attila Busai
50 Ghana FW Philip Adjah

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
2015—16 Glory Sports Classic Group of Hotels
2016—17 Bee Athletic
2017—18 Vector X
2018—19 Sqad Gear
2019–present Vicky Transform Living 3D

Current technical staff

Position Name
Head Coach India Gift Raikhan
Assistant Coach India Tomba Singh
Assistant Coach And Youth Head Coach India Leishangthem Raman Singh
Goalkeeping Coach India Sapam Premkanta Singh
Team Manager India Laishram Rajiv Singh
Club Physio India Kshterimayum Karan Singh
Office Secretary India Thoudam Ningthem
Media manager India Tikendrajit Thokchom
Kit Manager India Lairellakpam Shobha Singh


Position Name
President India Arunkumar Thangjam
CEO (chief executive officer)
Club Secretary India Moirangthem Manimohon Singh

Team Records

Season Div. Tms. Pos. Average attendance Federation Cup/Super Cup Durand Cup AFC CL 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 6 19,139 DNP DNP DNP
2019–20 I-League 11 - DNP DNP DNP
  • Tms. = Number of teams
  • Pos. = Position in league
  • Attendance/G = Average league attendance

Overall records

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 20 7 6 7 27 26 -
2019–20 1 20 -

Top scorer

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
2018–19 Nigeria Felix Chidi Odili 8

Past and present internationals

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

Head coach's record

updated on 21 February 2020

Name Nationality From To P W D L GF GA Win%
Gift Raikhan  India 2015 2018 52 29 13 10 68 36 055.77

Manuel Retamero Fraile

 Spain 2018 2019 20 7 6 7 11 7 035.00

Gift Raikhan

 India 2019 Presant 14 4 3 7 21 29 028.57



2nd place, silver medalist(s) Runners-up (1): 2017–18
1st place, gold medalist(s) Winners (1): 2016–17


1 Runners-up (1): 2016 Durand Cup[2][3]


  1. ^ "I-League Core Committee Meets at AIFF Headquarters". 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. Archived from the original on 25 October 2016. Retrieved 25 October 2016.

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