Sporting Clube de Goa kick off league campaign

Goa Pro League 2015/16

Sporting Clube de Goa will kick off the 2015/16 campaign when they take on Churchill Brothers Sports Club in Gfa’s Goa Pro League at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Thursday. The kick off time is 4pm.

Sporting Goa narrowly lost to Salgaocar by a solitary goal in the Charity Cup match last weekend, although there were plenty of positives the coach took away from the game.

Promising youngsters Ponif Vaz and Ndidi Chukwuma made their debuts against Salgaocar. More new signings are set to follow suit and don the famous Flaming Oranje jersey for the first time in this encounter.

Keeping with tradition, the team offered mass at the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, at Don Bosco in Panjim on Tuesday, which was attended by the players and management, including SCG President Peter Vaz, CEO Victor Fernandes and well wishers. The team Jersey and equipment was blessed.

To commemorate the recent 200th Birth anniversary of Saint John Don Bosco, Sporting Clube de Goa presented a special edition framed jersey to the Don Bosco Principal Rev. Fr. Avin Carvalho, which was personally signed by the entire first team squad.

PHOTO: SCG President Peter Vaz presenting the commemorative jersey to Fr. Avin at Don Bosco, Panjim.

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Aslon wins it for Salgaocar

Aslon Oliveira netted the solitary goal as Salgaocar FC defeated Sporting Clube de Goa 1-0 in Gfa’s Charity Cup match at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Saturday. Salgaocar led 1-0 at the interval.

The referee was kept busy dishing out four yellow cards to each team, mostly resulting from late tackles.

Just as it looked like being a baron first half, Salgaocar won a free kick on the edge of the box, which Brian Mascarenhas struck onto the cross bar and Aslon reacted quickest to head into the net.

Midway through the second half Salgaocar introduced their Scottish striker Daryl Duffy who made an immediate impact when he controlled a long ball, but saw his fierce strike saved by the Flaming Oranje custodian.

Sporting Goa had their moments to equalize. Marcus Mascarenhas came closest to restoring parity when he headed a cross from Jovel Martins on to the woodwork.

PHOTO: A Salgaocar and Sporting Clube de Goa player battle for the ball, at Duler.

Sporting Clube de Goa and Salgaocar to lock horns in Charity opener

Goan I-League heavyweights, Sporting Clube de Goa and Salgaocar FC will lock horns in Gfa’s Charity Cup at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Saturday. The kick off time is 3.45pm.

Sporting Goa has bolstered their squad in the summer with talented Goan youngsters and some of them will be on show against Salgaocar.

During the Pre-season, Sporting Goa remained unbeaten with victories over the AIFF Elite Academy, Curtorim Gymkhana, Sporting Clube de Goa U-20 and Vasco Sports Club.

“The GFA charity game is for a good cause and I hope many people turn out to watch the excitement,” stated Sporting Clube de Goa star Odafa Okolie.

Salgaocar put up a splendid performance as they reached the Finals of the Police Cup recently with rising young stars from their Academy.

“It is great to kick off the league with the Charity game. The youngsters will also get another chance to impress,” remarked Salgaocar striker Daryl Duffy.

Both teams will be raring to go and start their season on the right note in what has become known as the traditional curtain raiser for Goan Football.

PHOTO: Salgaocar FC’s Daryl Duffy poses along with Sporting Clube de Goa’s Odafa Okoli.

Munich, Thailand and now Goa for Quan

His football journey has taken him from the quaint village of Majorda to the bustling city of Munich and now Sporting Clube de Goa has decided to promote their midfield magician Quan Gomes to the senior team, on Tuesday at the SCG office, in Panjim.

This September will mark five years since Quan put the St Anthony’s High School in Majorda on the map after he was handpicked by a star-studded selection panel that included former India Captain and Arjuna Awardee Bruno Coutinho and the late great Goan wing wizard Domnic Soares at a talent hunt competition in the state.

The final round where he was selected from thousands as the lone Goan to travel to Germany was held at Don Bosco ground in Panjim. The twenty year-old Quan is happy to have signed a Professional contract for Sporting Goa and excited to be training at Don Bosco.

“This is where I got the opportunity to train abroad and meet future World Cup winners such as Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Meuller, where they presented me with a Bayern Munich signed jersey,” explained Quan.

“After seeing the facilities in Germany it’s easy to see why they are World beaters. The Don Bosco turf reminds me of the pristine pitches I got to play on,” added Quan.

Last season Quan was given his probation period as he represented the Flaming Oranje in the U-19 I-League, which brought many admirers including the SCG President Peter Vaz.

“Quan impressed us with his box to box running and eloquent skills, which includes the Zidane roulette trick. His lack of height is made up for by a good standing jump and his shot from 40 yards also packs a punch,” stated Sporting Goa’s Head of Youth Development Mahesh Lotlikar.

During his formative years Quan has represented Fransa U-14 and Betalbatim Sporting Club U-14 under Coach Eban Mesquita, before joining Salgaocar U-16 where he got an opportunity to play in Thailand after winning the Indian leg of the Manchester United competition.  He also played for Guardian Angel, Curchorem in the GFA 1st Division.

Quan had previously played under Sporting Goa’s current Head Coach Matheus Costa for Dempo Sports Club U-18 and also in the Goa Pro League for Vasco Sports Club.

“The SCG Academy attempts to scout the best talent in Goa. If by chance these players are picked up by other clubs we are patient and wait for them to become available,” reasoned Matheus.

PHOTO: Sporting Goa’s twinkled-toed assassin Quan Gomes gets into the zone during a closed camp.

Sporting Clube de Goa look to improve Endurance

Sporting Clube de Goa has completed the signing of the 18-year old Nigerian striker Ndidi Chukwuma at the SCG office in Campal, on Saturday.

Ndidi which translates as Endurance in English is the son of SCG official Clifford Chukwuma and the younger brother of Chukwudi who is currently playing his club football in Europe, for FK Teplice in the Czech Republic.

Ndidi has studied and played for the Don Bosco School, in Panjim and is fully acquainted to life in Goa after moving here with his family seven years ago.

“It is great to have you back,” remarked the Don Bosco School Principal Rev Fr. Avin Carvalho. “Ndidi was a hardworking footballer for our School and I am sure he will be successful with Sporting Clube de Goa,” stated Fr. Avin.

By studying at Don Bosco and growing up in a football household has given the well-mannered Ndidi the game intelligence to prosper.

As Ndidi is a foreigner he was not allowed to play in the Goa Football Association age group tournaments, but this has not stifled his progress.

“When my father was coaching Sesa Football Academy, I used to play in some practice matches to get experience,” revealed Ndidi.

Ndidi is a Manchester United supporter and his favourite player is Cristiano Ronaldo. Ndidi was excited in 2012 to travel to Bangalore for training under the Coaches from Old Trafford after impressing in a talent hunt competition.

He has also won the SAG U-16 tournament with his School, after being put through his paces by Don Bosco PE teacher Francis Raposa.

“In Indian football we usually recruit foreign players based on a short trial or a recommendation, but we have seen Ndidi grow up and recognise his potential,” reasoned Sporting Goa’s manager Angelo Albuquerque.

Ndidi is the third footballer from Don Bosco in recent weeks to sign for the Flaming Oranje. Akeraj Martins and Isaac Negredo are the other two.

“The signing of Ndidi is in keeping with the policy of Clube President Peter Vaz to groom young talent and give them the opportunities to show case their skills,” stated SCG CEO Victor Fernandes.

PHOTO: (Left to right) SCG Manager Angelo Albuquerque, Ndidi Chukwuma & Don Bosco School Principal Rev. Fr. Avin Carvalho.

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.

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.