Imphal derby, Mumbai City debut FC highlight of 131st IndianOil Durand Cup Matchday 3 roster

Kolkata, Wednesday, August 17, 2022: The Imphal derby between Neroca FC (NFC) and TRAU FC (TFC) and the much awaited Durand Cup debut of Mumbai City FC (MCFC) will highlight Matchday 3 of the 131st IndianOil Durand Cup football tournament, group stage matches of which are currently ongoing in the three cities of Kolkata, Guwahati and Imphal. The Imphal derby will also mark the first time a Durand Cup game will be played in the state of Manipur, otherwise a powerhouse in Indian football. 

Kolkata giants Mohammedan Sporting won their Group A game 3-1 over champions FC Goa in the opener at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan (VYBK) on Tuesday in a repeat of last edition’s final, while Bengaluru FC ran away 2-1 winners over Jamshedpur FC (JFC) in the second Group A encounter at the Kishore Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata, earlier today.

Later in the evening, North East United FC (NEUFC) are set to take on Odhisa FC (OFC) in the first Group D game at the Indira Gandhi Athletic stadium in Guwahati, which will also be the first ever Durand Cup game played in Assam.

Catch all 47 games of the 131st IndianOil Durand Cup LIVE on:

–       Live Telecast: Sports18 1 SD & HD, and Sports18 Khel 

–       Live Stream: VOOT

–       Kick-off: North East United FC v Odhisa FC @ 5.30pm today (Aug 17, 2022)

–       Kick-off: Mumbai City FC v Indian Navy FT @ 3.00pm (Aug 18, 2022)

–       Kick-off: Neroca FC v TRAU FC @ 6.00pm (Aug 18, 2022)

The Islanders’ Durand debut

The “Big Boys” of Mumbai City FC coached by Des Buckingham are first up on Matchday 3 in a Group B game at the VYBKagainst an Indian Navy football team which is a settled side with some experienced and talented players, and on its day can give you a run for your money, in an otherwise David versus Goliath contest.

The Navy men’s coach VS Abhilash summed it up perfectly when he said, “We are playing against one of the best teams in Asia and one of the Durand cup favourites. Many big names in their squad.” But the fact that they are a confident and quality side came out when he added, “We have analysed their last year ISL & AFC matches. According to that we have some plan. Looking for three points nothing less than that.”

Big names that coach Abhilash was referring to were not limited to India regulars like Rahul Bheke, Bipin Singh, Rowlin Borges, Mandar Rao Desai, Vikram Pratap Singh and Lallianzuala Changte, but also the foreign Big Guns like Senegalese Mourtada Fall, Moroccan Ahmed Jahouh, Scotsman Gary Stewart and new recruits from the A-League like Rostyn John Griffiths and Jorge Pereyra-Diaz.

The sailor men on the other hand will rely on the leadership of Dalraj Singh from deep defence, the wing-play of the likes of P.M. Britto and Pintu Mahata as well as the sharpness of their Kerala centre-forward Sreyas VG upfront, all of whom have been plying their trades in the top Indian leagues for some time.

Des Buckingham in his pre-match chat spoke about starting well and also about his future plans with the team saying, “We’ve just had three weeks of a preparatory camp in Dubai before we’ve come here because we wanted to prepare as well as we can firstly for this tournament, and then secondly, for the ISL. But, I won’t disrespect this tournament and say we’re using it as a preparation for ISL because it is the oldest competition in Asia and it’s our first time competing. So of course, we want to try and do as well as we can. We must make sure that we get off to a good start and that’s making sure we only look at the first game within the group.”

The Mumbai gaffer added, “For me as a coach, for us as a playing group and as a club, we want to continue where we left off in the AFC Champions League last season, which is continuing to build our brand of football, continuing to give players opportunities to showcase what they can do, whether it’s on the Asian stage or here at the Durand Cup or whether it’s in preparation for the ISL. So for me, of course, it’s going to be our first competitive game against the Indian Navy, but it’s very much important that we try and pick up where we left off at the back end of last season.”

The Imphal derby

The evening game of Matchday 3 between the two biggest clubs of Manipur, Neroca FC and Tiddim Road Athletic Union (TRAU) FC is sure to set the Khuman Lampak alight as it always does. A sea of Orange, the Neroca colours and Red & Green, the TRAU colours can be expected to further brighten the picturesque venue. Given the momentous occasion, with the Hon. Chief Minister, Shri. Biren Singh himself being a former Durand winner and the passion for the game in the State, you can expect a fantastic competitive game.

Both teams finished mid and bottom table in their previous I-League season, with the orange brigade finishing seventh while TRAU finished ninth. However in a derby game, the two have always fought it out tooth and nail and kept their adoring fans on the edge.

Neroca though appear stronger on paper with four foreigners bolstering their line-up from defence to attack while TRAU only have the sublime skills of Tajik Komron Tursunov to fall back upon, in an otherwise talented locally assembled squad. Thokchom James Singh and Tondomba Singh bring the derby experience to the Orange squad while Manas Pratim Gohain and Bishorjit Singh bring the same for TRAU.

Ticket Information

India’s leading entertainment destination BookMyShow has been roped in as exclusive ticketing partners for the 131stIndianOil Durand Cup.

Fans can book their tickets to all the league stage games of the tournament exclusively on

In addition, Box Office services have already been made operational for fans in respective host cities.

The details are as follows:

For Group Stage Games

Kolkata ongoing


17th August onwards , 10 am – 5pm

Apart from this, match tickets for the three home teams in Kolkata will be sold and redeemed from respective clubs and stadiums concerned with the respective matches from Matchday -2

Guwahati ongoing

12th August onwards 

SAI Box office, Paltan Bazar

10 am – 5pm

Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium

Gate – 1 Box office

10am – 5pm

Imphal ongoing

13th August  onwards

Khuman Lampak Stadium

Gate – 1 & Gate – 2 Box Offices

Tentative timing – 8:30 am – 4:00pm (To be confirmed)

Above Box Offices will be operational throughout the Group Stage matches of respective cities.

Ticket prices

Guwahati – Rs 50, 100, 250

Imphal- Rs 50, 100, 300

Kolkata – Rs 50, 100, (200 only for VYBK)

BOX OFFICE will be dealing with Online redemption and Offline cash Sale

Broadcast & Live-stream details

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Airtel Digital293 
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17 August05:30 PMNorth East United FC vs Odisha FCSports18 – 1+ Sports18 – 1 HD + Khel
18 August 03:00 PMMumbai City FC vs Indian Navy FTSports18 – 1+ Sports18 – 1 HD + Khel
18 August 06:00 PMNeroca FC vs Trau FCSports18 – 1+ Sports18 – 1 HD + Khel
19 August 03:00 PMFC Goa vs Indian Air Force FTSports18 – 1+ Sports18 – 1 HD + Khel
19 August 06:00 PMSudeva Delhi FC vs Kerala Blasters FCSports18 – 1+ Sports18 – 1 HD + Khel
20 August 03:00 PMChennaiyin FC vs Army Red FTSports18 – 1+ Sports18 – 1 HD + Khel
20 August 06:00 PMATK Mohun Bagan vs Rajasthan United FCSports18 – 1+ Sports18 – 1 HD + Khel
21 August 03:00 PMNorth East United FC vs Army Green FTSports18 – 1+ Sports18 – 1 HD + Khel
21 August 06:00 PMMohammedan SC vs Jamshedpur FCSports18 – 1+ Sports18 – 1 HD + Khel
22 August 03:00 PMTrau FC vs Hyderabad FCSports18 – 1 HD
22 August06:00 PMEast Bengal Club vs Indian Navy FTSports18 – 1+ Sports18 – 1 HD + Khel
23 August03:00 PMOdisha FC vs Kerala Blasters FCSports18 – 1 HD
23 August06:00 PMBengaluru FC vs Indian Air Force FTSports18 – 1+ Sports18 – 1 HD + Khel
24 August03:00 PMArmy Red FT vs Neroca FCSports18 – 1 HD
24 August06:00 PMATK Mohun Bagan vs Mumbai City FCSports18 – 1+ Sports18 – 1 HD + Khel
25 August03:00 PMArmy Green FT vs Sudeva Delhi FCSports18 – 1 HD
25 August06:00 PMEast Bengal Club vs Rajasthan United FCSports18 – 1+ Sports18 – 1 HD + Khel
26 August03:00 PMHyderabad FC vs Chennaiyin FCSports18 – 1 HD
26 August06:00 PMJamshedpur FC vs FC GoaSports18 – 1+ Sports18 – 1 HD + Khel
27 August03:00 PMMohammedan SC vs Indian Air Force FTSports18 – 1 HD
27 August06:00 PMNorth East United FC vs Kerala Blasters FCSports18 – 1+ Sports18 – 1 HD + Khel
28 August03:00 PMTrau FC vs Army Red FTSports18 – 1 HD
28 August 06:00 PMEast Bengal Club vs ATK Mohun BaganSports18 – 1+ Sports18 – 1 HD + Khel
29 August03:00 PMMumbai City FC vs Rajasthan United FCSports18 – 1+ Sports18 – 1 HD + Khel
29 August 06:00 PMOdisha FC vs Sudeva Delhi FCSports18 – 1+ Sports18 – 1 HD + Khel
30 August 03:00 PMNeroca FC vs Hyderabad FCSports18 – 1+ Sports18 – 1 HD + Khel
30 August 06:00 PMBengaluru FC vs FC GoaSports18 – 1+ Sports18 – 1 HD + Khel
31 August03:00 PMKerala Blasters FC vs Army Green FTSports18 – 1+ Sports18 – 1 HD + Khel
31 August 06:00 PMATK Mohun Bagan vs Indian Navy FTSports18 – 1+ Sports18 – 1 HD + Khel
1 September 03:00 PMTrau FC vs Chennaiyin FCSports18 – 1+ Sports18 – 1 HD + Khel
1 September 06:00 PMJamshedpur FC vs Indian Air Force FT

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