Sporting Clube de Goa sign up Sesa quartet


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.


Sporting Clube de Goa and Salgaocar to do battle



Sporting Clube de Goa and Salgaocar Football Club will battle it out in a round 4 match of the Aiff’s I-League at PJN Stadium, Fatorda, on Sunday. The kick off time is 4.30pm.

Both Goan clubs are still in search of their first win and will looking to put that right.

Sporting Goa drew their opening match with East Bengal and then was defeated by Dempo, to leave them with 1 point from two matches.

Salgaocar drew their opening game with Pune, before suffering a narrow defeat to Royal Wahingdoh and very recently were held to a goalless draw by Mohun Bagan. They are currently on 2 points from three games.

Sporting Goa is still missing striker Victorino Fernandes through injury. Liberian-Australian Boima Karpeh who came on in the last match as a substitute could be given the nod to start the game.

Salgaocar will give Scottish forward Daryl Duffy a late fitness test to see if he can be included in the team to boost the attack.

At the Pre-match press conference Sporting Goa Coach Mathew D’Costa was all praise for his opposite number having worked under him as assistant at Vasco Sports Club. “I Know Derrick Pereira very well from my days at Vasco and I have a lot of respect for him. He will come with a tactical plan which makes for a very exciting game,” stated Mathew.

Salgaocar Coach Derrick Pereira is looking forward to the local derby. “Goan derbies are always exciting, as the teams know each other inside out, it brings out the best in the local players and there is a great buzz from the Goan supporters,” remarked Derrick Pereira.

When the two clubs met in the I-League at the same venue last season the match ended in a thrilling 3-3 draw, with a lot of twists in the tale. Much is expected from both sides in this Goan derby.

PHOTO: (Left to right) Salgaocar Captain Rocus Lamare, Salgaocar Coach Derrick Pereira, SCG Coach Mathew D’Costa and SCG captain Anthony Wolfe, at the Pre-match press conference.


Naro wins it for Salgaocar

SCG Logo
U-19 I-League

Sporting Clube de Goa 0

Salgaocar FC 1 (Naro Hari Shrestha ‘7)

Salgaocar Football Club narrowly overcame Sporting Clube de Goa by a solitary goal in the U-19 I-League, organised by the AIFF at Don Bosco ground, Panjim on Monday. Salgaocar led 1-0 at the interval.
Salgaocar raced into the lead as early as the seventh minute, when a free kick rebounded off the Sporting Goa wall and fell into the path of Naro Hari Shreshta who guided his shot in between a crowded box of player which nestled into the bottom corner.
Just before the lemon break, Sporting Goa had a superb chance to level when James Fernandes’ shot was parried by the Salgaocar goalkeeper, with the ball falling to the Sporting Goa captain Ganesh Thakur who relayed it back into the path of James but his second attempt was cleared off the goal line.
Post resumption, Sporting Goa had another great attempt to level when Shawyn Fernandes’ teasing stiff grounder from the edge of the box had the Salgaocar custodian at full stretch to parcel the ball for a corner.

Sporting Clube de Goa: Austin Fernandes, Kamaljit Singh (GK), Quan Gomes, Olan Chandran, Jarmanit Singh, Shawyn Fernandes, James Fernandes, Ganesh Thakur (C), Allen Fernandes, Manuel Leon Fernandes, Gautham Dias

Yellow cards: (Manuel Leon Fernandes ’8)

Substitutions: (Harshed Naik in/ Austin Fernandes out ’20), (Jonathan Cardoza in/ (Gautham Dias out ’77)

Subs on bench: Ryan De Souza, Sherwin da Cunha, Harshed Naik, Jonathan Cardoza, Biswajeet Rajput , Benedicto Dias, Charlston Pereira

Salgaocar FC: Chinmaya Behera (GK), Samuel Costa, Godfrey Mascarenhas (C), Constancio Rodrigues, Raja Rawat, Denil Rebello, Klins Mendes, Samson Furtado, Lalit Tariad, Naro Hari Shrestha, Steffen Fernandes

Yellow cards: (Steffen Fernandes ‘58)

Substitutions: (Liston Colaco in/ Naro Hari Shrestha ’58), (Domnic R. Soares in/ Klins Mendes out ’71), (Domnic J. Soares in/ Steffen Fernandes out ’83)

Subs on bench: Jeet Gupta,Saurab Patil, Jason Barbosa, Domnic R. Soares, Domnic J. Soares, Myron Borges, Liston Colaco


Sporting Clube de Goa end Salgaocar’s unbeaten run to enter final

GFA Knock out Semi-Final

Sporting Clube de Goa 2 (Kofi Dankwae ’48, Victorino Fernandes ’79)

Salgaocar FC 1 (Darryl Duffy ’38)

Sporting Clube de Goa came from behind to break Salgaocar Football Club’s unbeaten run and qualify for the final after winning 2-1 in Gfa’s Knock out Cup semi-final, at Cuncolim ground, on Saturday. Salgaocar led 1-0 at the interval.

Salgaocar came closest to scoring when Daryl Duffy chipped the ball at goal, only to be denied by the post.

Seven minutes before the breather, Salgaocar found the break through when a cross was swung in from the left side, which Daryl Duffy connected to at the back post with a bullet header to give his side the lead.

After resumption, Sporting Goa was a revitalized team. It took only three minutes to draw level when Kofi Dankwae rose highest to nod home Cajetan Fernandes’ corner to score on his debut.

Ten minutes from time Sporting Goa found the winner when substitute Victorino Fernandes volleyed a Beevan D’Mello corner into the back of the net.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa’s Beevan D’Mello chases down a Salgaocar player.


Sporting Clube de Goa: Ravi Kumar (GK), Clemente Joseph, Joyner Lourenco, Kofi Dankwae, Harpreet Singh, Velito Cruz, Rowllin Borges (C), Cajetan Fernandes, Beevan D’Mello, Olvin Cardozo, Sumeet Passi

Yellow cards: (Cajetan Fernandes ’83, Anthony Wolfe ’83, Joyner Lourenco ’90+1)

Substitutions: (Anthony Wolfe in/ Olvin Cardozo out ’57), (Victorino Fernandes in/ Velito Cruz out ’75), (Jovel Martins in/ Beevan D’Mello out ’82)

Subs on bench: Melroy Fernandes, Jovel Martins, Victorino Fernandes, Creson Antao, Anthony Wolfe, Mauvin Borges

Salgaocar FC: Albino Gomes, Augustin Fernandes, Gurjinder Kumar, Pawan Kumar, Thangjam Singh, Djidja Pierre Douhou Sey, Rocus Lamare (C), Darryl Duffy Brian Mascarenhas, Gilbert Oliverira, Nicolau Colaco

Yellow cards: (Augustin Fernandes ’23, Nicolau Colaco ’53, Rocus Lamare ’78)

Substitutions: (Bikash Jairu in/ Nicolau Colaco out ‘59), (Dawson Fernandes in/ Brian Mascarenhas out ’75)

Subs on bench: Abhijeet Das, Othallo Tabia, Rosario Mendes, Zakeer Mundampara, Dawson Fernandes, Clifton Dias, Bikash Jairu




Salgaocar secure narrow win

GFA U-16 League

Salgaoacar FC Juniors 2 (Joston Cardoz ’33, Rollwin Almeida ’38)
Sporting Clube de Goa 1 (Allwyn Vaz ’67)

Salgaocar Juniors narrowly overcame Sporting Clube de Goa 2-1 in Gfa’s U-16 1st Division League at Velsao ground, on Friday. Salgaocar led 2-0 at the breather.
It was Sporting Goa who enjoyed the lion share of the early exchanges, but failed to capitilise. Dwayne Britto drilled his shot into the side netting and moments later Stendly Fernandes’ free kick was easily saved by the Salgaocar custodian.
Seven minutes before the lemon break, Salgaocar surged ahead when Joston Cardoz blasted a shot into the top corner from outside the box.
Rollwin Almeida doubled Salgaocar’s lead from the penalty spot after Sporting Goa’s Maxwell Fernandes had brought down Rollwin in the box.
A super fight back from the Flaming Oranje in the second half, allowed them to pull a goal back through substitute Allwyn Vaz who jumped high to head in across from Vijay Rathod.
The closing stages was nail biting as Sporting Goa ushered men forward in search of the equalizer, but Salgaocar managed to hold out for the three points.

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

Salgaocar FC: Josbon Fernandes (C), Osbourne Fernandes, Pravin Bandodkar, Aston Rodrigues, Joston Cardoz, Rollwin Almeida, Kantek Dessai, Lefun Endro, Robert Noronha, Jude Cardozo, Darryl Mascarenhas

Substitutions: (Allen Fernandes in/ Joston Cardoz out), (Aliston Coelho in/ Osbourne Fernandes out), (Samson Vaz in/ Aston Rodrigues out)

Subs on bench: Hayson Fernandes, Ashley Fernandes, Samson Vaz, Aliston Coelho, Allen Fernandes

Sporting Clube de Goa: Shibam Sarkar, Kevin Negredo, Maxwell Fernandes, Chandan Gupta, Ezikiel Vaz, Melborn Pereira, Savelon Cardozo, Stendly Fernandes (C), Dwayne Britto, David Cardozo, Vijay Rathod

Yellow cards: (Maxwell Fernandes ’37, Jayden Fernandes ’55, Chandan Gupta ’71)

Substitutions: (Allwyn Vaz in/ Mellburn Pereira out), (Lloyd Mascarenhas in/ David Cardoza out), (Jayden Fernandes in/ Ezikiel Vaz out)

Subs on bench: Akshat Hadkonkar, Jayden Fernandes, Darren Andrade, Nitant Korane, Lloyd Mascarenhas, Cajiton Fernandes, Allwyn Vaz


Durand Cup draw 2014


Sporting Clube de Goa take on United Sports Club and Air India in pool B of the Durand Cup quarter finals. The Durand Cup draw took place at Bambolim Stadium, Goa on Saturday.

The other groups are as follows:

Pool A = Salgaocar, Indian Navy, Qualifier 2

Pool B = Sporting Clube de Goa, USC, Air India

Pool C = Bengaluru FC, Mohammedan Sporting, Qualifier 3

Pool D = Pune FC, Churchill Brothers, Qualifier 1

The dates and venues of the matches are to be announced shortly.

Goa is hosting the prestigious Durand Cup trophy for the first time. The Pre-quarter final stage is set to kick off from the 20th of October, while the Quarter final group stage involving the I-League clubs starts on the 30th of October.



Sporting Clube de Goa face Vasco test

Goa Pro League 2014/15

Sporting Clube de Goa
will look to get back on track when they take on Vasco Sports Club in round 6 of Gfa’s Goa Pro League, at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Sunday. The kick off time is 4pm.
For all their aesthetic charm, Sporting Goa has not yet struck gold in this season’s campaign, with a win against Calangute, draws against Dempo and Salgaoacar and counter punch defeats against Sesa Football Academy and Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim.
Last season the Flaming Oranje lifted the Goa Pro League title and Gfa knock out Cup, along with finishing as Federation Cup runners up and so the fans believe it is only a matter of time before the players regain the electric chemistry.
Some of the forwards were seen after practice sharpening their swords in front of goal, which indicates Sporting Goa Coach Oscar Bruzon has still many aces up his sleeve and there could be one or two changes in the offing.
Vasco recently defeated Churchill Brothers and Calangute, drew with Sesa but suffered losses at the hands of Dempo and Cavelossim.
Sporting Goa striker Victorino Fernandes who has just been recalled in to the India team for the upcoming friendly against Palestine, is the current top scorer in the league with six goals.
Vasco on the other hand have the experienced Jerose Oliveira to produce the magic when counted upon. The hit man has netted three so far, while team mates Aiken Dias and Jaison Dias have contributed with a goal each.
Vasco are currently on 7 points from five matches, while Sporting Goa is on 5 points from the same number of games.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa striker Sumeet Passi leaps high to head goal bound, in training at Don Bosco ground, Panjim