Sporting Clube de Goa trounce Curtorim Gymkhana

GOA PRO LEAGUE

Sporting Clube de Goa came from behind to trounce Curtorim Gymkhana 5-1 in Gfa’s Goa Pro League at Duler Stadium, Mapusa, on Monday. The match was tied 1-1 at halftime.

Curtorim took the lead on the stroke of half time when Hanslyn Furtado converted a penalty, after Sporting Goa defender Clemente Joseph was adjudged to have brought down former Sporting Goa winger Xavier Dias inside the box.

The lead did not last long as Odafa Okolie promptly equalized for the Flaming Oranje after receiving a pass from substitute Ganesh Thakur.

After the resumption, Sporting Goa’s Ganesh got his name on the score sheet after receiving a neat through ball from Odafa.

Midway through the second half, Sporting Goa’s Franzil Negredo hit a beautiful volley into the back of the net to make it 3-1 after connecting onto Cajetan Fernandes’ tempting corner.

Deep into injury time, Sporting Goa’s Glan Martins set up Odafa who completed his brace when he delicately scooped over the goalkeeper and then Ganesh also netted his second of the game after another well executed pass from Glan.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa fans take a picture with Odafa Okolie.

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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.

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.

Sporting Clube de Goa face Pune on final day


I-LEAGUE

Sporting Clube de Goa will face Pune FC in the final round of the HERO I-League at PJN Stadium, Fatorda on Saturday. The kick off time is 4.30pm and the match is being televised live on TEN CRICKET.
Sporting Goa were defeated 0-2 by title contenders Mohun Bagan in their last game and will be looking to get back to winning ways. Despite producing a run of good performances recently, Sporting Goa are still involved in the relegation battle.
Pune defeated Shillong Lajong 1-0 in their last game and will be trying to finish their season on a high as they look to improve on their current fifth place position.
Pune are currently on 29 points from nineteen matches, while Sporting Goa are on 20 points from the same number of games.
The last time the two clubs met was in February where the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

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Sporting Clube de Goa train on the eve of the game at Don Bosco ground, Panjim.

(left to right) Pune Captain Arata Izumi, Pune Coach Gift Raikand, SCG Coach Mathew Costa and SCG Captain Odafa Okolie at the Press conference in Panjim.