FIFA/AIFF Delegation visit Don Bosco, Panjim

The FIFA/AIFF Delegation along with the Don Bosco Manangement and others, at Don Bosco, Panjim.

The FIFA/AIFF Delegation along with the Don Bosco Manangement and others, at Don Bosco, Panjim.

The management of Don Bosco High School, Panjim, were given a pleasant surprise when they were visited by the FIFA/AIFF delegation, to discuss the development of football in Goa, on Thursday morning.

The officials were made up of FIFA regional development officer Dr. Shaji Phabhakaran, FIFA Technical Development Officer Vincent Subramanium, AIFF Technical Director Scott O’Donell and I-League CEO Sunando Dhar.

The high ranking team are currently in the state on a fact finding mission, as Goa has been chosen as one of the seven states for the FIFA development pilot project.

Physical Education teachers which included Francis Raposa, Malvita Mascarenhas, Jason Colaco (All Don Bosco H/S), Carol Gomes (Our Lady of the Rosary H/S, Dona Paula) and Cajetan Fernandes (Loyola H/S, Margao) gave their views on the current state of football at the School level.

Don Bosco Principal Fr. Avin Carvalho, manager of Don Bosco College Fr. Wilfred Fernandes and Goa’s Senior Journalist Jovito Lopes spoke of the work Don Bosco are doing at the Grassroots level, which included training the B.P.Ed students to be AIFF D-Licence certified.

They also spoke of the good relationship the Don Bosco Institution has with the major stake holders which include the GFA, GFDC, SAG and DSYA and welcomed further technical assistance from the AIFF.

The meeting was also attended by the Gfa’s General Secretary Jason Monserrate, administrator Anthony Lobo, Sporting Clube de Goa CEO Victor Fernandes and SCG Media Officer Aldrid Da Costa.

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Sporting Clube de Goa sign up Sesa quartet

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Sporting Clube de Goa has strengthened their squad with an injection of Goan Youth as they completed the signing of four Sesa F.A. players at the SCG Headquarters in Panjim, on Wednesday.

Ponif Vaz, Myron Pereira, Fayaz Shaikh and Isaac Negredo are the four diamonds that the Flaming Oranje will cut and polish with the hope of taking them to I-League standards.

The 23 year old stopper, Ponif who hails from Fatorda has grown up watching Sporting Goa at the PJN Stadium and is delighted to be signing for SCG. “I want to cement my place in the Sporting Goa team and hope it becomes a catalyst for playing for the Indian national team,” reasoned Ponif.

Ponif joined Sesa at 16 and has got three years of experience playing in the Goa Pro League. The highlight of his career was winning the Gold Medal at the Lusiofonia games with the Goa-India team last year. Ponif started his youth career with Salcete FC and has been part of the Goa Santosh trophy team for the last two years.

Myron, the 20 year old Nuvem based stopper, played for Salgaocar U-14 before enrolling with Sesa at 16, with whom he won the Taca Goa U-20 League in 2013. “After Sesa withdrew the senior team it was a nervous time for us, but I thank the Sporting Clube de Goa management for giving us this opportunity,” informed Myron.

21 year old goalkeeper Fayaz is from Cuncolim and has represented Goa at the Santosh trophy this year which was a proud moment for him. “Representing Goa was an amazing feeling. I am now looking forward to playing for Sporting Clube de Goa,” said Fayaz.

The 19 year old right back, Isaac studied at Don Bosco School in Panjim and played for the Don Bosco Oratory at U-14 and U-16 level. He later moved to the Vasco Sports Club U-18 side and eventually on to Sesa. “I am pleased to be back training at Don Bosco with Sporting Goa,” stated Isaac.

PHOTO: (Left to right) Sporting Clube de Goa’s new signings Ponif, Isaac, Fayaz and Myron.

Akeraj graduates to Sporting Goa senior team

Akeraj graduates to Sporting Goa senior team

The young speedy striker Akeraj Martins created Sporting History on Friday after becoming the first player to graduate to the Sporting Clube de Goa senior side after representing all the SCG age group Academy teams namely U-14, U-16, U-18, U-19 and U-20.

Akeraj was elated with the promotion. Speaking after signing Professional terms with his boy-hood club at the SCG Headquarters said “My dream is finally turning into reality. I will work hard in training and take my opportunities when they come.”

Akeraj turned 18 just a fortnight ago and could become the youngest player to don the famous Flaming Oranje jersey when the Goa Pro League kicks off next month.

“Akeraj has shown tremendous maturity over the years which allowed the club to let him play with an older age group to keep challenging him and continue his long term development. He has also captained the various teams’ right up to the U-19 I-League on numerous occasions,” stated Sporting Goa’s Manager Angelo Albuquerque.

Local boy Akeraj hails from Don Paula and studies at Don Bosco in Panjim which has made his transition through the SCG ranks a smooth one. He fondly remembers coming to School as a youngster and watching the Sporting Goa senior team train on a daily basis which inspired him to reach for the stars.

For his School he has won a lot of silver-ware, where he trained under the dedicated PE teacher Francis Raposa who taught him the fundamentals of football and discipline. The highlight for Akeraj was winning the Mir Iqbal Hussein U-15 trophy.

Apart from supporting Sporting Clube de Goa, Akeraj also follows Manchester United in the EPL and his favourite player is the mercurial Wayne Rooney. Although Akeraj is not the biggest of players, he sure makes up for it with his explosiveness and eye for goal.

Akeraj has proudly represented the state of Goa at various National age group competitions. He has also played in the Gfa 1st division with Panjim Footballers after helping them come up from the 3rd tier of Goan Football.

“The club is delighted with Akeraj’s progress having been with us right from the start of his career. We are happy that our Youth development programme is starting to bear fruit and also fulfil our President Peter Vaz’s aspirations of promoting Goan talent,” commented Sporting Clube de Goa’s CEO Victor Fernandes.

“We are hoping Akeraj can become a role model for more students to transform their passion into a profession and play for Sporting Clube de Goa,” stated Don Bosco Principal Rev FR. Avin Carvalho.