Sporting Clube de Goa and Laxmi in crunch match



In a crunch match, Sporting Clube de Goa and Laxmi Prasad Sports Club will battle it out in round 8 of Gfa’s Goa Pro League at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Wednesday. The kick off time is 4pm.

Laxmi are currently on 13 points from seven games, while Sporting Goa is on 11 points from the same number of matches. With one round left to play after this game, the stakes are extremely high as both teams are trying to secure a top five finish to qualify for the Super League.

After a slow start to the season, Sporting Goa has started to find their groove and Coach Oscar Bruzon expects the recent winning form to continue.

“We have had two minor accidents and now we are on the fast road to recovery,” remarked Oscar.

“We are looking forward to the game. My players know what they have to do, it should be exciting,” stated Laxmi Prasad Coach Valentine Ezeugo.

Free scoring Sporting Goa has netted 17 goals from seven matches, which is the highest in the league till date. India International Victorino Fernandes has contributed ten goals for the Flaming Oranje to put him on top of the GPL scorer’s chart.

Laxmi on the other hand have netted ten goals and they have come from various sources including  Alvito Miranda, Marcus Mascarenhas, foreigner Ndubuisi Opara and former Sporting Clube de Goa star Mackroy Peixote.

PHOTO: SCG Coach Oscar Bruzon watches on as his players have a shooting competition, at Don Bosco grd, Panjim



Grassroot Photo

The playfield at Don Bosco, Panjim literally turned Flaming Oranje  last Sunday.  It was a pleasant sight indeed, to behold over two hundred exuberant children aged between  9 to 11 divided into groups,  all decked in the SCG colors playing a circuit of games which apart from Small Sided Games included games of fun and skill.

The Grassroots Festival was declared open by Rev. Fr. Evan Carvalho Principal of Don Bosco High School, Panjim,  in the presence of Arjuna Award winner Mr. Bruno Coutinho and a host of SCG stars which included the likes of Boima Karpeh and Ravi Kumar.

Bruno Coutinho in fact had a dual role, as apart from being an iconic and inspirational figure for the kids,  he was also a proud father  escorting his son, at the festival.  Is it the making of another Bruno Coutinho ?

SCG President Peter Vaz was all smiles as he noted the impressive response to the Grassroots Festival and made it a point,  along with Bruno Coutinho,  to personally shake hands and distribute the Participation Certificates,  to each individual kid. Shaking hands with these two titans of Indian Football was the highlight for the participating kids who went home with this cherished memory and a Flaming Oranje jersey.

The festival drew kids from Bethesda Life Centre , Santa Cruz and Margaret Don Bosco Bal Sadan, Uccasaim apart from schools like Auxilliam (Caranzalem), Santo Minguel (Taleigao), Chubby Cheeks (Pilerne), Sacred Heart (Anjuna), St Clara’s (Assonora), St Ann’s (Tivim),St Joseph’s (Calangute), St Britto’s (Mapusa),  Rosary (Miramar),  Don Bosco( Panjim), Sharda Mandir(Miramar) and Mustifund (Panjim)

The half day Festival was conducted by SCG Head of Youth Development Mahesh Lotlikar assisted by coaches Javier Cabreras, Norbert Gonsalves, Alex Alvares, Seby Noronha and Anthony Vaz, under the overall supervision of SCG General Secretary Edward Noronha Competitions Director Angelo Albuquerque and CEO Victor Fernandes. The team  of volunteers was drawn from the Junior ranks of SCG. Elaborate arrangements were made for water points, breakfast  and lunch for all the participants.

This is the first of the season’s Grassroots Festivals planned by SCG with the objective of broadening up the base of its Football Development Pyramid.  The next Grassroots Festival is planned for South Goa on 16th November, 2014.

Apart from the Football Development angle, these festivals are also part of SCG Community Development Program which aims at reaching out  to the community around and especially the under privileged as seen by the presence at the Festival, of 30  children from Bethesda Life Centre, Santa Cruz and  Margaret Don Bosco Bal Sadan, Uccassaim.



Victorino nets 4 in Sporting Clube de Goa’s massive victory


27/08/14 GFA Goa Pro League 2014/15 (Round 7)

Sporting Clube de Goa 8 (Victorino Fernandes ’31, ‘34, ’61, ’89, Rowllin Borges ’21 & ’43, Mauvin Borges ’72, Boima Karpeh ’78)

Goa Velha SC 0

India International Victorino Fernandes netted an amazing four times as Sporting Clube de Goa overpowered Goa Velha Sports Club 8-0 in Gfa’s Goa Pro League at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Saturday. Sporting Goa led 4-0 at the lemon break.
Boima’s Jerry karpeh’s goal for Sporting Goa was the pick of the bunch as he spectacularly lobbed the ball over the Goa Velha goalkeeper in the closing stages.
Rowllin Borges and Victorino Fernandes netted a brace each before half time to put the Flaming Oranje in a commanding position.
Changing over there was more of the same as Victorino completed his hat-trick for Sporting Goa. Young Mauvin Borges than added the sixth, before Boima weighed in with his neat chip.
In the dying minutes Sporting Goa Captain Victorino Fernandes placed in his fourth to take his tally for the season to ten and round of a scintillating victory.
After this result, Sporting Goa are in fourth place with 11 points from seven matches, while Goa Velha stay rooted to the bottom with just 2 points from the same number of games.

PHOTO: Goa Velha’s Chatur Naik attempts to get past Sporting Clube de Goa’s Joseph Clemente.

Sporting Clube de Goa: Melroy Fernandes (gk), Chandrashekar Chinta, Creson Antao, Clemente Joseph, Jovel Martins, Velito Cruz, Rowllin Borges, Cajetan Fernandes, Mauvin Borges, Sadeek Ingalagondi, Victorino Fernandes (c)

Yellow cards: Jovel Martins ‘26

Subs used: (Boima Karpeh in/ Sadeek Ingalagondi out ’25), (Sumit Ghosh in/ Velito Cruz out ‘55), (Rojen Singh in/ Rowllin Borges out ’65)

Subs on bench: Sukdeb Ghosh, Rahul Kumar, Rojen Singh, Joseph Pereira, Beevan D’Mello, Boima Karpeh, Sumit Ghosh, Jesus Estrocio

Goa Velha SC:
Siddesh Morje (gk), Melroy D’Silva, Cruz Gomes (c), Anthony Duarte Fernandes, Alfex D’Souza, Suraj Hadkonkar, Nelson Fernandes, Akshay Dabholkar, Nikesh Mangueshkar, Joshuah Vaz, Chatur Naik

Yellow cards:
Chatur Naik ‘3

Subs used:
(Wellington Fernandes in/ Anthony Duarte Fernandes out ‘38), (Christopher Borges in/ Nikesh Mangueshkar out ’47), (Revilino Da Souza in/ Alfex D’Souza out ’73)

Subs on bench:
Joseph Rodrigues, Wellington Fernandes, Criston Fernandes, Shashunk Naik, Jayesh Kadam, Revilino Da Souza, Shubam Shetgaonkar, Christopher Borges, Vivek Kanulkar

Sporting Clube de Goa take on Goa Velha

GFA Goa Pro League 2014/15

Sporting Clube de Goa take on Goa Velha

Sporting Clube de Goa take on Goa Velha in a round seven match of Gfa’s Goa Pro League at Duler Stadium, Mapusa, on Saturday. The kick off time is 4pm.

Sporting Goa
is currently on 8 points from six matches, after playing out two wins, two draws and two losses. Goa Velha on the hand are still in search of their first victory in the campaign having drawn two and lost four matches, to leave them currently bottom with 2 points from six games.

Sporting Goa striker Victorino Fernandes who is currently the league’s top goal scorer with 6 goals from six games, will join up with the India team on Sunday and will look to sign off on a high note. Sporting Goa’s young Internationals namely Keenan Almeida, Joyner Lourenco, Ravi Kumar and Kamaljit Singh have just returned from national duty, but will not play a part in the game.

The Flaming Oranje Coach Oscar Bruzon is looking forward to the match, although he has warned his players about the dangers of complacency.

“We have prepared well and are looking forward to the game. It is a very competitive league this year and everyone is fighting to be in the first five, so we must stay focused,” stated Sporting Goa Coach Oscar Bruzon.

Goa Velha Coach Lino Pereira is upbeat about his side’s chances, “although we are coming into the game as the underdogs, there have been some real shocks in this year’s GPL and so on any given day the team that plays the smartest can win,” reasoned Lino.

When the two teams met last season, Sporting Goa brushed aside Goa Velha 5-1. That afternoon Boima Jerry karpeh netted four times. In the last match against Vasco, Boima came on as a late substitute to score the winner for Sporting Goa and so could be rewarded with a start against Goa Velha.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa’s Stephene Barreto shields the ball in practice on Friday, at Duler

Sporting Clube de Goa to conduct SCG Grassroots Festival


Sporting Clube de Goa to conduct SCG Grassroots Festival

Whether you prefer the term “Jogo Bonita” or quite simply the beautiful game, young Goan football lovers can punch the air and say Viva, as Sporting Clube de Goa will conduct a Grassroot football festival on Sunday 28th September 2014, at Don Bosco ground, Panjim. The festival will kick off at 9am, but participants have to report prompt at 8.30am.
The participants will consist of around 200 young wards from selected Schools and orphanages from the North of Goa in the U-12 age group. The club has also chalked out plans to facilitate players in South Goa at a later date, with a similar Grassroots project.
The SCG Grassroots festival is another initiative taken by the club to promote football in the beautiful state. It is an extension of the deeply rooted commitment by the club to Goan football.
Earlier in the year the club had held All-Goa trials to select players for the SCG Academy, which is situated at Don Bosco in Panjim. The Flaming Oranje has also adopted 3 Schools around Goa under the umbrella of the very popular and successful School Community Grassroots (SCG) Program.
In living its motto of GROWING GOA’S GAME!, Sporting Clube de Goa is one of the few Sports institutions in the state offering a pathway that leads right from the grassroots, to the youth development stage and finally to the lucrative professional level for the more ambitious talents hungry enough to make a career from their passion.
This is just the tip of the iceberg as the club has provided a platform for one player to ply his trade in the UEFA Champions League (Dudu Omagbemi). Playing for the national team is another avenue to explore.
“Grassroots football provides the key to the beginning of the proud journey that can see you representing the country. When I was younger we did not have so many football festival experiences, but it is necessary to change the landscape of Indian Football”, remarked Sporting Goa striker Victorino Fernandes who is currently in the Indian national football team.
Sporting Goa Head Coach Oscar Bruzon was equally enthusiastic about the SCG festival, “Grassroots football offers a form of social recreation in a safe environment, where participants can seek solace and feel truly cared for by the festival leaders who provide the opportunity to express themselves to the fullest with all the joy and excitement to boot,” stated Oscar.
The SCG Grassroots festival is based on the FIFA model which introduces young participants to small-sided games and stations, arranged in a circuit format to bring out the FUN in the FUN-DAMENTALS of football.
Sporting Goa also recognises the need that training should be age specific in accordance with the characteristics and certain stages in child development, so that the young wards can truly imbibe the values of the world’s no.1 sport which include equality, healthy living, teamwork and social inclusion.
For further details contact SCG Manager Angelo Albuquerque on 9890203985 or Coach Seby Noronha on 9822212242.

PHOTO: Participants of the last Sporting Clube de Goa Grassroots Football Competition.

Sporting Clube de Goa ease past Vasco


21/09/14 GFA Goa Pro League 2014/15 (Round 6)

Sporting Clube de Goa 2 (Chinta Chandrashekar ’11, Boima Karpeh ’79)
Vasco Sports Club 0

Chandrashekar Chinta and Boima Karpeh were on the score sheet as Sporting Clube de Goa overcame Vasco Sports Club 2-0 in round 6 of Gfa’s Goa Pro League at Duler Stadium, Mapusa, on Sunday. Sporting Goa led 1-0 at the interval.
Sporting Goa Coach Oscar Bruzon brought Creson Antao into the starting line up to partner Clemente Joseph in defence, as Spaniard Pablo Gallardo was suspended after picking up two yellow cards in previous games.
Sporting Goa started brightly and took the lead after just eleven minutes from the unlikeliest of sources. Rowllin Borges sent in cross and defender Chandrashekar Chinta gave the Flaming Oranje the lead with a beautiful header.
Sporting Goa continued to apply pressure throughout the half with the playing making puppetry of Rowlin Borges and Cajetan Fernandes orbiting around, to unleash the likes of the young and exciting Mauvin Borges and hardworking Beevan D’Mello.
Changing over, the game got a little physical with three Vasco players entering the referee’s book in a short eight minute spell.
Vasco continued to battle forward and had their moments. In the closing stages Vasco’s Jerose Oliveira saw his headed effort cleared off the goal line by Cajetan, while minutes later Vasco’s Semson Fernandes rattled the cross bar with a scorching 30-yard free kick.
Twelve minutes from time, substitute Boima put the game beyond doubt as he timed his run into the box to perfection, to hoodwink the Vasco defence and slice in a low driven cross by Beevan.
The victory allowed Sporting Goa to move up to 4th place with 8 points from sixth matches and in the process leapfrog over Vasco who have 7 points from the same number of games.



Sporting Clube de Goa Captain Victorino Fernandes dribbles into a dangerous position.

Sporting Clube de Goa Captain Victorino Fernandes plants his header towards the goal.

Sporting Clube de Goa:
Melroy Fernandes (gk), Ganesh Thakur, Cresson Antao, Clemente Joseph, Chandrashekar Chinta, Velito Cruz, Rowllin Borges, Cajetan Fernandes, Mauvin Borges, Beevan D’Mello, Victorino Fernandes (C)

Yellow cards:
Cajetan Fernandes ’21, Clemente Joseph ‘27

Subs Used:
(Boima in/ Victorino out ’61), (Roystan in/ Velito out ’73), (Joseph in/ Beevan out ’81)

Subs on bench:
Sukdeb Ghosh (gk), Rojen Singh, Jovel Martins, Royston D’Souza, Boima Karpeh, Joseph Pereira, Souvik Das, Jesus Estrocio, Sadeek Ingalagondi

Vasco Sports Club: Harpreet Singh (gk), Savio Quadros, Agnelo Barretto, Amar Halankar, Don Fernandes, Naveen Mendes, Quan Gomes, Aiken Dias (C), Jaison Dias, Semson Fernandes, Jerose Oliveira

Yellow cards: Agnelo Barreto ‘49, Don Fernandes ‘52, Jerose Oliveira ‘57, Amar Halankar ‘73

Subs Used: (Aniston in/ Quan out ‘68), (Gaurish in/ Jaison out ’75), (Agnelo in/ Jerose out ’85)

Subs on bench: Francis Fernandes, Gaurish Naik, Royston Pereira, Agnelo D’Souza, Frehauf Fernandes, Aniston Fernandes, Inacio Colaco, Allen Fernandes, Neville Albuquerque, Hari Parab

Sporting Clube de Goa face Vasco test

Goa Pro League 2014/15

Sporting Clube de Goa
will look to get back on track when they take on Vasco Sports Club in round 6 of Gfa’s Goa Pro League, at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Sunday. The kick off time is 4pm.
For all their aesthetic charm, Sporting Goa has not yet struck gold in this season’s campaign, with a win against Calangute, draws against Dempo and Salgaoacar and counter punch defeats against Sesa Football Academy and Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim.
Last season the Flaming Oranje lifted the Goa Pro League title and Gfa knock out Cup, along with finishing as Federation Cup runners up and so the fans believe it is only a matter of time before the players regain the electric chemistry.
Some of the forwards were seen after practice sharpening their swords in front of goal, which indicates Sporting Goa Coach Oscar Bruzon has still many aces up his sleeve and there could be one or two changes in the offing.
Vasco recently defeated Churchill Brothers and Calangute, drew with Sesa but suffered losses at the hands of Dempo and Cavelossim.
Sporting Goa striker Victorino Fernandes who has just been recalled in to the India team for the upcoming friendly against Palestine, is the current top scorer in the league with six goals.
Vasco on the other hand have the experienced Jerose Oliveira to produce the magic when counted upon. The hit man has netted three so far, while team mates Aiken Dias and Jaison Dias have contributed with a goal each.
Vasco are currently on 7 points from five matches, while Sporting Goa is on 5 points from the same number of games.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa striker Sumeet Passi leaps high to head goal bound, in training at Don Bosco ground, Panjim