216 boys attend first day of SCG Academy Trial


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 look to get back on track against East Bengal

Sporting Clube de Goa players training in Kerala

Sporting Clube de Goa players training in Kerala

Sporting Clube de Goa look to get back on track against East Bengal

“We love to play open football, although after the last game we must look to shore up the defence, build up cautiously and then the rest will fall into place,” stated Sporting Clube de Goa Coach Oscar Bruzon as his team prepares to take on Kingfisher East Bengal in the Federation Cup at MDS Complex, Manjeri in Kerala, on Saturday. The kick off is 5p.m.
Sporting Goa was beaten 3-5 by I-League leaders Bengaluru Football Club in their opening group “B” match and will now have to make up the deficit in the next two matches.
“Against Bengaluru, 4 out of the 5 goals were defensive errors and the players have put their hands up and taken ownership for their mistakes so we will start on a clean slate,” remarked Oscar.
Their opponents East Bengal did not have the best of starts either, having drawn 1-1 with Rangdajied United, but have got a point in the kitty for their efforts.
Oscar has decided to make a few modifications to the line up to ensure the team can play to their strengths against an East Bengal squad that boasts of three former Sporting Goa star strikers in Edeh Chidi, James Moga and Cavin Lobo, who East Bengal Coach Armando Colaco can count on when the chips are down.
While in the other corner, Oscar will rely on the likes of Mathew Gonsalves, Kalu Ogba, Boima Jerry Karpeh and Rowllin Borges to rally his troops.
The Flaming Oranje may be without Arturo Garcia who sprained his knee against Bengaluru and Jovel Martins who is still trying to recover from an ankle ligament injury.
Despite conceding five goals against Bengaluru, Oscar was pleased to see his players fighting till the very end, even when they were four goals down at one stage. “On a positive note, we scored three goals in the last 16 minutes, thanks largely to the bullish spirit of the team. The players have grown like a family and I must say I am proud of them,” signed off Oscar.

PHOTO: Sporting Clube de Goa players training on the eve of the game, at Nilambur, Kerala.