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The Guwahati based Indian Super League club Northeast United FC are out of the Hero Indian Super League 2016 after a 1-0 defeat by the Steve Coppell’s side Kerala Blasters FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Sunday.
— Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) December 4, 2016
Sunday’s match against the Kerala Blasters FC was the must win match for the Highlanders to qualify for the semis but the defeat meant they finished in fifth position in the standings with 18 points from 14 games.
Nelo Vingada’s side Northeast United FC missed the services of their star forward Nicolas Velez, who couldn’t feature into the match because of the hamstring and the Argentine ace Nicolas Velez, who has scored eight goals for Northeast in his two years of Indian Super League has shared his feelings with the fans on his Facebook page.
For the fans who ask why I did not play today, I tried until the last moment. I went out to the field to warm up with my team-mates but I still felt pain and that's why I could not be available. I just have to thank all my team-mates who gave their everything till the end, the coaching staff and all the staff members. I take the best memory of each one of you and hopefully we will meet again someday. To the fans, who were always, in good and bad times, supporting and believing in us, I just say sorry and those who didn’t, I also thank them because they have made us stronger. We arrived like this and we go like this, as a team… Thank you Northeast United FC. You will be a part of my life forever.