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.