Sporting Clube de Goa to do battle with Calangute

Sporting Clube de Goa take on Calangute Association in round 4 of Gfa’s Goa Pro League at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Wednesday. The kick off time is 4pm.

After two successive losses, Sporting Goa registered their first win in the league in the last round with a comfortable 5-1 victory over bottom placed Curtorim Gymkhana.

Calangute on the other hand managed a goalless draw in their last encounter against Salgaocar and will be looking to get back to winning ways after making a good start to the league.

Calangute are currently on 7 points from three matches, while Sporting Goa is on 3 points from the same number of games.

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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.

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.

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


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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.