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.

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Sporting Clube de Goa trials come to an end

SCG senior star Rowllin Borges who rose up though the ranks, at Don Bosco ground.

SCG senior star Rowllin Borges who rose up though the ranks, at Don Bosco ground.


Sporting Clube de Goa trials come to an end

After receiving a phenomenal response, Sporting Clube de Goa’s All-Goa Football selection trials came to an end at Don Bosco ground, Panjim, on Thursday.
Sporting Goa had spent the last two weeks searching for football talent in Goa, to induct into the SCG Football Academy.
The talent hunt started at Duler Stadium, Mapusa before moving on to Don Bosco ground in Panjim and finally to two venues in the South at Navelim ground and Raia ground.
Players were shortlisted in the U-14, U-16 and U-17 to U-20 age group category, where a lot of raw talent was unearthed for moulding into Professional footballers.
After the club’s recent success in winning the GFA Knock out Cup to add to the Goa Pro League won earlier in the season, interest in the trials increased.
A few days later, when Sporting Goa won the GFA U-14 All Goa 1st division league title, interest in the trials intensified.
One enthusiastic U-20 boy even travelled from Karnataka by train, with the hope of being able to try out for the selection.
“For players who missed the selection trials for any reason, they should not worry as the club is planning to have similar initiatives to harness Goan talent in the near future and also has an ongoing scouting program in place,” stated Sporting Clube de Goa CEO Victor Fernandes.

Sporting Clube de Goa Academy trials to start in Salcete from Monday

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Sporting Clube de Goa Academy trials to start in Salcete from Monday

Newly crowned GFA Knock out Champions and Airtel Goa Pro League Champions, Sporting Clube de Goa will kick off their trials to induct youngsters into the SCG Academy in South Goa, from Monday 5th May till 8th May 2014.
The SCG Coaches have just finished a busy week in North Goa, where they have put candidates through their paces, in the U-14, U-16 and U-17 to U-20 age group category.
“We are extremely happy with the turn out in North Goa and have seen a lot of talented boys” remarked the Sporting Clube de Goa Head of Youth Development Mahesh Lotlikar.
On the final day, Sporting Clube de Goa Head Coach Oscar Bruzon came to have a look at the players and was also impressed with the turn out this week.
“It is extremely encouraging to see such a large number of boys attend the trials and we hope to see a similar response in South Goa,” remarked Oscar.
The venues for the SCG trials in South Goa will be Raia ground and Navelim ground. Sporting Clube de Goa is also keen to have tie ups in South Goa, to facilitate the training of South Goa based players.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa Head Coach Oscar Bruzon with participants of the North Goa trials, at Duler Stadium.

Trial dates:

U-17, U-18, U-19, U-20
5th May@ Navelim ground (report time 8.30am)
6th May @ Navelim ground (report time 8.30am)

U-16
5th May @ Raia ground (report time 4pm)
6th May @ Raia ground (report time 4pm)

U-14
7th May @ Navelim ground (report time 8.30am)
8th May @ Navelim ground (report time 8.30am)

Age group eligibility:

U-17, U-18, U-19, U-20 = Between 1st January 1995 and 1st January 1998

U-16 = On or after 1st January 1999

U-14 = On or after 1st January 2001

216 boys attend first day of SCG Academy Trial

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216 boys attend first day of SCG Academy Trial

 A lot of sweat and tears of joy were shed on the first day of the Sporting Clube de Goa All-Goa Academy trials which attracted a huge response, with a grand total of 216 boys auditioning for the U-17 to U-20 category at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Tuesday morning.

Successful candidates were carefully selected and called back for the second day, where they will further be put through their paces by the SCG Academy Coaches.

Once all the candidates got sufficient time to show off their talent, the exceptional ones were given the opportunity to play against the current SCG U-18 team.

The SCG Coaches present included Mahesh Lotlikar, Javier Cabrera, Norbert Gonsalves, Alex Alvares and Seby Noronha.  The club’s two physiotherapists, Brian D’Costa and Abhinandan Chaterjee were on hand to deal with any minor injuries which presented themselves, as the players gave it their all.

“We are happy with the response on the first day of the trials. It is encouraging to see so many dedicated Goan boys, with the desire to get on the pathway to becoming a professional footballer,” remarked the Sporting Clube de Goa Manager Anju Albuerquerque, who was kept busy on the sidelines.

 

PHOTO: The trial participants listen attentively to the SCG Coaches, at Duler Stadium.

 

Sporting Clube de Goa All-Goa football trials

(left to right) Jovel Martins, Rowllin Borges, Victor Fernandes (SCG CEO), Mahesh Lotlikar (Head of Youth dev.), Eddie Noronha (G. secretary), Victorino Fernandes, Joyner Lourenco, Mackroy Peixote.

(left to right) Jovel Martins, Rowllin Borges, Victor Fernandes (SCG CEO), Mahesh Lotlikar (Head of Youth dev.), Eddie Noronha (G. secretary), Victorino Fernandes, Joyner Lourenco, Mackroy Peixote.


Sporting Clube de Goa All-Goa football trials

In keeping with its motto of GROWING GOA’S GAME! Sporting Clube de Goa is proud to announce All-Goa Football Trials to join the SCG Football Academy. The announcement was made at a press conference at Don Bosco Club House, Panjim on Friday.
The Trials will be held between the 29th of April and 8th of May and will take place at 4 venues in both districts of Goa, in order to cast the club’s net far and wide and pick up the best talent in the state.
The venues to be utilized in the North are Don Bosco ground, Panjim and Duler Stadium, Mapusa while in the south, Navelim ground and Raia ground will be used.
The trials will be split into three categories, firstly U-14, secondly U-16 and thirdly a combined category for U-17, U-18, U-19 and U-20 boys.
The SCG Academy was set up last year on the 16th of August 2013 at the hands of the AIFF technical director Scott O’donnell, with the aim to provide an opportunity for Goan youngsters to become professional footballers by working their way through the ranks.
Since then the telephone has not stopped ringing, with requests from parents from all over India wanting to know how they can get their son enrolled.
It is the club’s aim to give maximum opportunity to Goan talent and that is why these trials have been arranged, which will also be a major asset to the club’s ongoing scouting efforts.
Due to its commitment to Youth development the club has become the U-19 I-League champions in 2010, GFA U-18 League Champions in 2010 and Taca Goa U-20 Champions in 2012.
Sporting Clube de Goa has invested heavily in Infrastructure by building a Club House and renovating the training grounds. The club has also sourced the latest training methodologies from Spain, along with foreign Coaches to compliment the Goan coaches.
“All the Academy players go to the Stadium to watch the SCG senior teams home games, which is very inspiring for them and helps them to understand the philosophy of the club, “stated the Sporting Clube de Goa’s Head of Youth development Mahesh Lotlikar (A-Licence).
“The club encourages you to combine pursuing your studies along with playing football, which is very important,” remarked the Sporting Clube de Goa General Secretary Eddie Noronha.
“We ask the media to help us in spreading the message of these trials so that maximum number of Goan youth can be made aware and have the opportunity to try out for the SCG Academy,” signed of Sporting Clube de Goa CEO Victor Fernandes.

Testimonials:

Present on the occasion were six senior team players who graduated from the youth academy. The following are excerpts from their glowing testimonials:

“The club gave me a platform to prove myself and today I am playing for the Indian national team.”
Victorino Fernandes

“I had the chance to join other clubs, but this is the place where I felt I would progress further.” When I was a youngster I used to go and watch Sporting Clube de Goa at the Stadium, they had a nice style which I liked.”
Rowllin Borges

“Training with the senior team while still an Academy U-20 player, gave me an experience of what it is like to be a professional footballer. It is a great confidence booster.”
Joyner Lourenco

The club has a good blend of foreign coaches and local expertise, which is a great environment for any budding young talent to learn their trade,”
Mackroy Peixote

“This club is really looking to give promotion to Goan Footballers and they make a real effort to tap talent in the villages.”
Jovel Martins

The coaches have the ability to improve players technically, tactically, physically and psychologically. There is also a back room staff which gives good nutritional and injury prevention knowledge,”
Stephene Barretto

Trial dates:

U-17, U-18, U-19, U-20

29th April @ Duler Stadium, Mapusa (Report time 8.30 am)
30th April @ Duler Stadium, Mapusa (Report time 8.30 am)

5th May @ Navelim ground (Report time 8.30 am)
6th May @ Navelim ground (Report time 8.30 am)

U-16

2nd May @ Duler Stadium, Mapusa (Report time 8.30 am)
3rd May @ Duler Stadium, Mapusa (Report time 8.30 am)

5th May @ Raia ground (Report time 4pm)
6th May @ Raia ground (Report time 4pm)

U-14

1st May @ Don Bosco ground, Panjim (Report time 3pm)
2nd May @ Don Bosco ground, Panjim (Report time 3pm)

7th May @ Navelim ground (Report time 8.30 am)
8th May @ Navelim ground (Report time 8.30 am)

Age group eligibility:

U-17, U-18, U-19, U20 = Born between 1st January 1995 and 1st January 1998
U-16 = Born on or after 1st January 1999
U-14 = Born on or after 1st January 2001

Sporting Clube de Goa U-19 I-League 2013-14:Preview

I-LEAGUE U-19 SQUAD

Sporting Clube de Goa will play the following fixtures in the group stage of the I-League:
Sesa Football Academy (H) (14th February)
Churchill Brothers (A) (18th February)
Salgaocar (A) (21st February)
Dempo (A) (24th February)
Sesa Football Academy (A) (7th March)
Churchill Brothers (H) (10th March)
Salgaocar (H) (14th March)
Dempo (H) (19th March)
*(Match dates subject to change)
Training regime:

The Sporting Clube de Goa U-19 players have been training 5 times a week since September under the guidance of Spanish head Coach Javier Cabrera.
This season, the SCG U-19 squad played in the Goa Football Association 2nd division league for the clubs feeder team, Panjim Footballers and has qualified for the district play-offs after topping the zonal league.

Sporting Clube de Goa U-19 Friendly matches:
The SCG U-19 team has also played friendly matches against Sporting Clube de Goa senior team, Dempo U-19, Calangute Association (GFA 1st divison team), Sangolda Lightning (Gfa 2nd division team) and the University of Goa.

Sporting Clube de Goa U-19 I-League squad:

Goalkeeper: Alison Fernandes, Gawin Pinto, Suresh Lamani

Defenders: Charles Cardoz (captain), Chingakhan Roshan Singh, L.S. Hiisupulu, Silveston Pereira, Ohan Chandan, Jesmon Carvalho, Prajyot Kerkar, Alfex D’Souza, Elton Godinho

Midfielders: Gaurav Kundu, Jovel Fernandes, Papai Biswas, Clifton Fernandes, Mauvin Borges, Jeremy Menezes
Gautam Dias, Pascoal Fernandes, Lesten Martins, Suraj Hadkankor, Arnold Fernandes, Benedicto Dias, Pandurang Naik, Jesus Estrocio

Strikers: Akeraj Martins, Aniket Mandraker, Toyston Mendonca, Chatur Naik

Officials:
Coach: Javier Cabrera
Manager: Anthony Vaz
Physiotherapists: Brian D’Costa and Abhinandan Chaterjee

Training ground & home venue:
Don Bosco ground, Panjim, Goa

Experienced Players:
Sporting Clube de Goa Academy coach, Javier Cabrera believes all his players have special qualities which add to the team’s strength. The following have been registered with the senior team:
Mauvin Borges (I-League)
Charles Cardoz (Goa League)
Lesten Martins (Goa League)
Jesmon Carvalho (Goa League)
Chatur Naik (Goa League)
Alison Fernandes (Goa League)

History:
Sporting Clube de Goa were committed to youth development early on and the club coached by Severino Fernandes, were crowned the inaugural champions of the U-19 I-League on 21st May 2010, defeating East Bengal 4-2 on penalties after the match ended goalless after 120 minutes.
Nine players from that Golden era (Joyner Lourenco, Jovel Martins, Pedro Gonsalves, Pritam Singh, Mackroy Peixote, Stephene Barretto, Valerio Rodrigues, Rowllin Borges and Valzinho Fernandes) went on to make their senior team debut, while the majority transferred to other Professional clubs.
With the long term development plan of the SCG President Peter Vaz in place, the Flaming Oranje launched the SCG Academy on 16th August 2013, at the hands of AIFF Academy Technical Director Scott O’Donnell.

Panjim win Ilhas zone 2nd division

Panjim Footballers team

Panjim Footballers team


Panjim win Ilhas zone 2nd division

Having both already qualified for the North zone play-offs, Panjim and YBT decided to rest key players, but there was still a lot of excitement for the fans to cheer about.

YBT took the lead in the last ten minutes, through Paulwin D’silva who smashed in a spectacular 40 yard-free kick.

Deep into injury time, Panjim found the equalizer after quick thinking from their Captain Charles Cardoz who rolled an early free kick to Clifton to punt home and earn a valuable point.

Panjim finished top of the Ilhas zone with 11 points, followed close on the heels by YBT who had 10 points.

The Panjim team is made up largely of Sporting Clube de Goa Academy players.