A happy Sporting Clube de Goa Juniors team left early morning on Thursday, for Jamshedpur, in preparation for the AIFF’s I-League U-20 tournament which kicks off from 5th March.
Sporting Goa will play United Sikkim on 5th March, Prayag United on 7th March, Pune FC on 9th March and Salgaocar FC on 11th March in group A.
The Flaming Oranje Juniors have been preparing well under the tutelage of experienced coach Severino Fernandes. “When we participate in a competition, we always go with the intention to be successful,” remarked Severino who guided Sporting Clube de Goa to the I-League U-19 title in 2010.
Severino also hopes his players can pick up valuable experience as they come up against some of the best age group teams in the country. “We are investing in these players with the hope that they can someday become regulars in the senior team and this trip will definitely be good for their career,” stated Severino.
The likes of Joyner Lourenco, Stephene Barretto, Mackroy Peixote and Pedro Gonsalves were part of the class of 2010.
This year Sporting Goa has a talented squad some of which are survivors of the team that lifted the coveted GFA Taca Goa trophy in 2012.
Mario Lobo and Xaiver Dias have played regularly in the Goa Pro League this season for the club and interestingly both players share their birthday on 6th March, but both will be keeping their celebrations on hold until after they return from the tournament.
Sporting Clube de Goa Squad: Subhajit Basu, Rahul Yadav, Ashwyn D’Souza, Jyotesh Palkar, Akshay Dabholkar, Charles Cardoz, Shane Temudo, Jesmon Carvalho, Leichombam Singh, Jesus Estrocio, Saurabh Gurung, Nikhil Naik, Lesten Martins, Mario Lobo, Sameer Govenkar, Xaiver Dias, Pandhari Chopdekar, Pritam Ningthojam, Vikram Singh, Melwin Carvalho, (Coach) Severino Fernandes, (Manager) Anthony Vaz.