Sporting Clube de Goa start campaign with a comfortable win

Sporting Clube de Goa's Anthony Wolfe collects the ball

Sporting Clube de Goa’s Anthony Wolfe collects the ball


Sporting Clube de Goa 3 (Boima Karpeh ‘2 & ‘6, Anthony Wolfe ’63)
United Sports Club 2 (Sankar Oraon ’26, Sujay Oraon ’70)

Maverick striker, Boima Karpeh netted a brace as Sporting Clube de Goa overcame United Sports Club 3-2 in the Durand Cup quarter final group B match at Raia Panchayat ground, on Wednesday. Sporting Goa led 2-1 at the interval.
Anthony Wolfe made his debut for the Flaming Oranje alongside Boima Karpeh and they struck up an immediate cohesive partnership, with both getting their names onto the score sheet.
Sporting Goa got off to a dream start after just 93 seconds when Rowllin Borgesrolled a free kick across the edge of the box and Boima Karpeh placed it into the back of the net.
Four minutes later Boima struck again, after latching onto to an effective through ball from Wolfe.
United SC battled hard and was soon rewarded when Sankar Oraon took control of a short back pass in the Sporting Goa defence to capitalize and pull a goal back.
Changing over, Sporting managed to regain their two goal cushion after Wolfe was brought down inside the box. Wolfe dusted the grass off his knees, before stepping up to steer home the resulting penalty.
United SC came back with another reply, when Sujay Oraon’s dipping shot from the edge of the box spectacularly crept under the bar to make 2-3. It was a nervous end to the game, but Sporting Goa held onto victory.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa’s marquee player Anthony Wolfe takes control of the ball.

Sporting Clube de Goa: Kamaljit Singh (gk), Chandrashekar Chinta, Keenan Almeida, Joyner Lourenco, Clemente Joseph, Royston D’Souza, Cajetan Fernandes, Rowllin Borges, Mauvin Borges, Boima Karpeh (c), Anthony Wolfe

Substitutions: (Velito Cruz in/ Rowllin Borges out ’62), (Jovel Martins in/ Joyner Lourenco out ‘68), (Sumeet Passi in/ Boima Karpeh out ’82)

Subs on bench: Ravi Kumar, Cresson Antao, Rojen Singh, Jovel Martins, Velito Cruz, Joseph Pereira, Sumeet Passi

United Sports Club: Ranajit Majumder (gk), Sujay Oraon, Provat Lakra, Eze Kingsley, Barun Oraon, Babun Das, Dinesh Bhagat, Laxmi Mandi, Jagannath Oraon, Surojit Bose (c), Sankar Oraon

Yellow cards: (Onyeama Francis Dkechukwu ’88)

Substitutions: (Onyeama Francis Dkechukwu in/ Surojit Bose out ’57), (Sumit Oraon in/ Laxmi Mandi out ’68), (Azaruddin Mullick in/ Jagannath Orain out ’79)

Subs on bench: Biten Oraon, Santu Singh, Manotosh Chakladar, Ranjan Mistry, Sumit Oraon, Azaruddin Mullick, Onyeama Francis Dkechukwu


Sporting Clube de Goa take on USC in Durand opener

Sporting Clube de Goa take on USC in Durand opener

In what is set to be an explosive game, Sporting Clube de Goa will take on United Sports Club in the Durand Cup inaugural quarter final pool B match, at Raia Panchayat ground, Goa, on Wednesday. The kick off time is 3pm and entry to the venue is absolutely free.
Sporting Goa’s new marquee signing, Trinidad and Tobago utility player Anthony Wolfe is set to make his long awaited debut for the club.
Sporting Goa’s Spanish Coach Oscar Bruzon is banking on good home support as his team is made up of many Goans from the locality. “Beevan D’Mello and Velito Cruz is from Raia, besides Rowllin Borges, Mauvin Borges and Cajetan Fernandes are from the neighbouring Salcete village of Nuvem, so we are drumming up good local support,” remarked Oscar.
Oscar is taking the tournament very seriously as he feels the Durand Cup has a prestigious history. “The Durand Cup is the oldest football tournament in Asia and third oldest in the world. We have heard of the tournament in Spain and it has a great history behind it,” enlightened Oscar.
Interestingly, Oscar’s first I-League victory as Sporting Goa Coach came against United Sports Club in December 2012. Since then the two clubs have met three times in the I-League, with Sporting Goa winning once more and USC winning the other two encounters. All is set for another gripping match-up between the Goan and Kolkata outfit.

Sporting Clube de Goa 20-man squad for Durand Cup:

Goalkeepers: Kamaljeet Singh, Ravi Kumar

Defenders: Keenan Almeida, Rojen Singh, Jovel Martins, Chandrashekar Chinta, Joyner Lourenco
Clemente Joseph, Creson Antao

Midfielders: Joseph Pereira, Beevan D’Mello, Rowllin Borges, Velito Cruz, Cajetan Fernandes, Royston De Souza, Mauvin Borges

Strikers: Boima Karpeh, Anthony Wolfe, Sumeet Passi, Victorino Fernandes

Stanly Rozario conducts training at Sporting Clube de Goa

Stanly Rozario at a SCG training session at Don Bosco ground, Panjim

Stanly Rozario at a SCG training session at Don Bosco ground, Panjim

Stanly Rozario conducts training at Sporting Clube de Goa

Former Indian national team assistant Coach Stanly Rozario conducted a full practice session with the Sporting Clube de Goa senior team to fulfil the final module of his assessment as part of the AFC Pro Licence Course, at Don Bosco ground, Panjim recently.
Stanly is one of fourteen Coaches completing the AFC Pro Licence course, which started in July last year. It was conducted for the first time in India under national team Coach Wim Koervermans and AIFF Technical Director Rob Baan.
Stanly who has Coached Indian giants such as East Bengal and Mohun Bagan in the past thoroughly enjoyed coaching the Flaming Oranje players. “It is always nice to be coaching a team at the top level. The players understood all the instructions communicated to them,” stated Stanly. They play a free flowing brand of football and a lot of this is attributed to their Coach Oscar,” added Stanly.
The experienced Indian Coach made a special mention of the young stars in the side. “There is a competitive environment here at SCG. The youngsters know that if they want to be break into the side then they have to be patient and work hard at every practice session. This is exactly what I witnessed today,” reasoned Stanly.
Sporting Goa Head Coach Oscar Bruzon congratulated Stanly on a job well done. “I was fully confident in handing over the reins to Stanly for the session as I knew the players would be in safe hands,” said Oscar.
Recently, AIFF Academy Technical Director and Head of Coach Education Scott O’Donnell also conducted a training session for Sporting Goa.
Sporting Clube de Goa President Peter Vaz wished the AFC Pro Licence candidates good luck. “On behalf of Sporting Clube de Goa I wish Scott, Stanly and all the other 12 participants who have taken part in the AFC Pro Licence all the best with the course which will be highly beneficial in taking Indian football forward, signed off Peter.

Wolfe unveiled as Sporting Clube de Goa’s new marquee player

Wolfe unveiled as Sporting Clube de Goa’s new marquee player

“Sporting Clube de Goa’s emblem is a lion and with the versatility of Wolfe adding extra bite to the attack, we are hoping to create the most ferocious formation in the I-League,” stated Sporting Clube de Goa President Peter Vaz, after unveiling Trinidad and Tobago National team utility player Anthony Wolfe as Sporting Clube de Goa’s new marquee signing at the Models office in Panjim, on Thursday.
Wolfe first came under the Flaming Oranje radar when he performed spectacularly in the second half of last season for Churchill Brothers, where he helped them to win the Federation Cup.
“I am delighted to have signed for one of the most exciting teams in Indian professional Football,” expressed Wolfe, moments after signing on the dotted line for Sporting Goa.
Wolfe was part of the Trinidad and Tobago squad that qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany. “Going to the World Cup is a dream for any footballer. It is an experience that I will never forget,” reasoned Wolfe.
Trinidad historically became the smallest nation to ever qualify for the FIFA World Cup with a population of around 1.3 million people, which is even smaller than the beautiful Indian state of Goa.
During his time with the national team Wolfe worked under legendary Dutch Coach Leo Beenhakker, who has won titles with Real Madrid, Ajax and Feynoord. “I have learnt so much from Beenhakker. He along with many local Coaches has contributed a lot to football in Trinidad,” stated Wolfe.
Since making his debut against Finland in 2003, Wolfe turned out in various positions for Trinidad including defence, midfield and attack, where he has netted three goals along the way. He has played alongside former English Premier League stars such as Dwight Yorke (Manchester United), Shaka Hislop (Newcastle United) and Trinidad’s all-time leading goal scorer Stern John.
Early in his career Wolfe tasted success as he lifted the Trinidad league title with North East Stars in 2004 and two years later finished as the league’s joint top goal scorer with San Juan Jabloteh, before packing his bags to ply his trade in the US.
When he was a youth, Wolfe was pretty nifty with a cricket bat also and represented various teams, but there came a time when he had to decide to devote full attention to football.
“Brian Lara is a massive star in my country. I am also a huge fan of Sachin Tendulkar. They have both broken so many records which are truly inspiring for any sportsmen,” stated the athletic Wolfe. “I loved to play both games, but in the end I chose football,” said the thirty year old.
Wolfe was partly persuaded to come to India after seeing fellow countrymen, Densill Theobold who previously played for Dempo and Shillong Lajong’s Cornel Glenn set up base in the country.
“We welcome Anthony to the Flaming Oranje and I am sure he will make an immediate impact,” stated Sporting Goa Coach Oscar Bruzon.
PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa President Peter Vaz unveiling marquee signing Anthony Wolfe.

Sporting Clube de Goa edge out Vasco in friendly


Sporting Clube de Goa edge out Vasco in friendly

Sporting Clube de Goa eased to a 3-2 win over Vasco Sports Club in a friendly match, at Don Bosco ground, Panjim, on Friday. Sporting Goa led 2-0 at the breather.

Roystan D’Souza netted the opener for the Flaming Oranje after latching onto a pinpoint pass from Velito Cruz.

Beevan D’Mello doubled the lead for the Panjim outfit after he rose to head in a chipped pass from Chandrashekar Chinta.

After the lemon break, Roystan observed Sumeet Passi galloping forward and so released the ball for him to apply the finishing touch to make it three for Sporting Goa.

Vasco were determined to make a game of it and put up a strong fight. Clever thinking from Roystan Pereira allowed him to roll a quick free kick on the edge of the box for Dhiaan Srinivasan to place into the bottom corner.

The Sporting Goa defence were caught napping once again, when a long free kick was played forward and Vasco’s Agnelo D’souza managed to head the ball over the outrushing goalkeeper to reduce the margin further.

The last fifteen minutes was exciting, as both teams upped the ante which delighted the gathering supporters.

Sporting Clube de Goa put four past Cavelossim in friendly


Sporting Clube de Goa put four past Cavelossim in friendly

Sumeet Passi netted a brace as Sporting Clube de Goa overcame Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim 4-0 in a friendly match, at Cuncolim ground on Tuesday. Sporting Goa led 3-0 at the breather.

Sumeet opened the scoring very early on for the Flaming Oranje after he perfectly controlled a cross from Roystan D’Souza, before firing into the back of the net.

Sumeet linked up well with Rowllin Borges in midfield. After a neat interchange of passes, Sumeet wrapped his foot around the ball and planted it home.

Just before the lemon break, Mauvin Borges made it 3-0 after he went on a twining run before capping off the solo effort with an impressive finish.

Changing over midfielder Glan Martins swelled the lead for Sporting Goa.

Sporting Goa is expected to play another friendly match on Friday.

Wim Koervermans and Scott O’Donnell visit Sporting Clube de Goa


Wim Koervermans and Scott O’Donnell visit Sporting Clube de Goa

Sporting Clube de Goa senior players were in for a real treat as AIFF Academy Technical Director Scott O’Donnell conducted a full training session at Don Bosco ground, Panjim, on Monday as part of his AFC Pro Licence assessment.
India Coach Wim Koervermans was also present, to carry out the assessment as he is the Coach educator for the AFC Pro Licence course.
Scott had inaugurated the SCG Academy last August at Don Bosco. Since then he has been occasionally observing SCG training sessions and analysing the SCG professional set up as part of the AFC Pro Licence Course.
Scott’s session was very energetic and perfectly executed on the ground. The players were enthusiastically listening to his every word. “Look forward, play forward, play quickly”, was Scott’s mantra which was imbibed by all the players.
Meanwhile, Sporting Goa Coach Oscar Bruzon was not taking a vacation and carefully supported Scott’s drills.
Next week, another AFC Pro Licence candidate, Stanly Rozario will be dropping in to conduct a session under the watchful eyes of Wim.
Sporting Clube de Goa wishes AIFF Technical Director Scott O’Donell all the very best with preparing the U-17 India team for the U-17 World Cup in 2017.
PHOTO: Aiff Technical director Scott O’Donell and India Coach Wim Koervermans along with the SCG squad.