Vasco face Sporting in AWES Cup

GOA: Vasco Sports Club will be looking to win season’s first Cross-Town derby match when they take on Sporting Clube de Goa in their Group D opening fixture of the 1st AWES Cup 2017, at Duler Football Stadium, on Monday at 4:00 pm.

“I am not worried about our opponent; we will be playing our game.  I have best youngsters in my ranks along with some experienced seniors. However, there are two injuries in the squad, a midfielder and a defender is injured. So we will take a final call on them tomorrow.” Vasco head coach Eban Misquita said.

Vasco did not enjoy their pre season at their best as they had experienced mix with two defeats at the start at the hands of Salgaocar FC and FC Goa, followed by a commanding 3-1 win over FC Goa, but their last two friendlies ended in a hard fought 2-2 draw against Corps of Signals and Guardian Angel SC.

“This is our first match and I have not seen Vasco playing. So we will go out there and our style of football. I had a very good preseason and I will be happy to see my boys carry in that form.” SCG head coach Mateus Costa said.

SCG coach Costa has managed to build a strong team roping in Peter Carvalho, Alesh Sawant and Girish Naik from FC Bardez. While, he has also managed to retain most of their last season players which helped them to finished runners up in the Goa Professional League 2016-17, making them one of the strong sides in the Goan football. Sporting had a very successful preseason, compared to the Port Towners as they were unbeaten in their all five matches. Their recent win was against Corps, defeating them 2-0.

It was 3-0 in the favour of the Panjim based club when they had met in the Goa Pro League match last December. However, Vasco assistant coach-cum-player Mickey Fernandes expecting a good fight between the two sides as he said “I am expecting a good show down from my boys. They are giving more than 100% in the practice sessions and trying hard to get prove their calibre to get into the starting XI. I think this positive attitude will help the team to perform well.”

Salgaocar lift GFA Champions Trophy

DULER: Salgaocar FC defeated FC Bardez 2-0 in the Goa Football Association Champions Trophy Charity Match played at Duler Stadium, Mapusa, on Sunday.

Gilbert Oliveira 45+1st minute and substitute Clencio Pinto 77th scored for the winners in the curtain raiser match. FC Bardez coach Armando Colaco played a balanced squad with skipper Jessel marshalling the defence while Shubham Dessai led the attack.

The Goa Pro League champions Salgaocar were captained by Rosario Mendes. Lalit Tariad on the left wing made quite an impact on the game with Mackroy Peixoto in the midfield and Gilbert in the strike.

The match was played on equal footing as the teams restricted midfield play in the first quarter of the match.

Salgaocar soon went on to dominate the match proceedings and attacked through Mackroy Peixoto who swiftly passed the ball to Gilbert Oliveira however the defender got to ball first.

Mackroy initiated yet another move and sent in a brilliant ball to Gilbert, the striker dribbled past two defenders and shot towards the goal but to his dismay his strike hit the crossbar.

Salgaocar continued their domination as the match progressed. A corner kick taken by Agnelo Colaco found Leny Pereira however the latter’s strike missed the rival nets by inches.

Salgaocar finally managed to find the breakthrough in the added time of the first half through Gilbert. Harmanjot made the run from the flanks and sent in a brilliant ball to Glibert. The striker made no mistake to head the ball home making it 1-0 in the favour of the reigning Goa Pro League Champions.

FC Bardez tried hard to make amends and find the equaliser but were unfortunate enough to get the ball past the rival midfield.

Post resumption, Salgaocar FC made three changes with Clencio, Senson and Ribhav taking on the pitch while FC Bardez brought on Clinton Niasso and Ravil Azavedo.

Salgaocar FC determined to increase the lead started attacking from the word go and missed a couple’s of chances at the goal. FC Bardez however defended resolutely and tried to score through counter attack.

Later, Salgaocar FC skipper Rosario was booked for a double footed tackle on FC Bardez’ Dadapeer Patil.

A few minutes later, Jessel sent in an amazing corner towards Lenstan Afonso who headed the ball on target; the attempt marked as the first on goal attempt for FC Bardez.

FC Bardez which was undermined throughout the first half came back stronger and made a series of attempts thereafter but failed to find the net.

In a counter attack move by Salgaocar FC, super-sub Clencio Pinto nailed in an astonishing goal to give his team a 2-goal lead. Coach Norberto’s substitutions proved to be on mark as Ribhav sent in the ball to Clencio who brilliantly placed the ball home.

Earlier at half-time, a minute’s silence was observed in the memory of former GFA referee Kevoy Fernandes.

Aizawl FC ropes the ‘Godfather’ of Mizoram football 

AIZAWL: I-League champions Aizawl FC, on Thursday, announced the signing of Shylo Malsawmtluanga for the new season. Popularly called ‘Mama’, the 32-year-old has been widely regarded as the ‘Godfather’ of Mizoram football and has a wealth of experience behind him.

Though some might say signing of a 32-year-old winger, who went unsold in last week’s ISL Draft, should not be celebrated by a club that won the I-League not very long ago, but Mama is still capable enough to cope with the younger talents and proved that while playing for Kolkata-based Southern Samity in the 2016/17 I-League 2nd Division.

Mama also gives Aizawl FC the experience boost they clearly need as most of the players from their I-League winning squad including coach Khalid Jamil has already left the club.

The diminutive winger started his career in 2002 with East Bengal, where he spent the better part of his 15-year-old career. He also turned out for the likes of Mohun Bagan, Salgaocar FC, United Sports Club and Bhawanipore FC.

Mama also appeared for Delhi Dynamos in the first two seasons of Indian Super League and has been capped 3 times for Indian national team since 2005.

Bengaluru retain five, sign eight new players at ISL Draft


Bengaluru: Bengaluru FC went about their business smartly at their first ever Indian Super League draft retaining five players from last season while strengthening their squad further by adding eight more Indian players, in Mumbai on Sunday.

First pick and fan-favourite goalkeeper Lalthuammawia Ralte was joined by Harmanjot Khabra, Lenny Rodrigues, Alwyn George and local-boy Calvin Abhishek among the players who will continue to be part of the squad. These players, along with the existing retentions in Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh, John Johnson, Juanan, Nishu Kumar, Malsawmzuala and Daniel Lalhlimpuia, will boost the squad ahead of the AFC Cup Inter-Zonal Semifinal against North Korean side April 4.25 SC in a month’s time from now.

Joining them will be seasoned professionals in goalkeeper Abhra Mondal, midfielder Boithang Haokip and defenders Rahul Bheke and Zohmingliana Ralte, along with exciting youngsters Joyner Lourenco, Collin Abranches, Thongkhosiem Haokip and Subhasish Bose.

Albert Roca, Bengaluru FC Head Coach, was content with the draft and the luck factor that goes with it, “We cannot have all the players we want. Eugeneson, Rino and Chhuantea have been important players for the club, but we knew it was impossible for us to get all our choices. However, we are happy with our picks and who we’ve signed so far. The circumstances of a draft mean that some players have to go and we’ve tried to keep as many players as possible. We looked at players who are compatible with our team, because we have important games in the AFC Cup coming up fast.”

While new signings Abhra Mondal and Boithang Haokip bring in loads of experience, the likes of Rahul Bheke and Zohmingliana Ralte were few of the stand-out performers in Indian football over the last few seasons. Rahul has created a name for himself on the domestic circuit with consistent performances for Air India, Mumbai FC, East Bengal, Kerala Blasters and FC Pune City over the last six seasons. Meanwhile, Zohmingliana, an ex-Pune FC and DSK Shivajians player, was an ever-present figure in Aizawl FC’s fairy-tale run to the I-League title. In fact, Aizawl were second only to Mohun Bagan when it came to conceding goals as they romped to the title with Zohmingliana scoring a decisive goal against the Kolkata club in the penultimate game of the season.

Bengaluru FC continued their tradition of keeping faith in youth by snapping up striker Thongkhosiem Haokip and left-back Subhasish Bose. Twenty-four-year-old Haokip was the highest scoring Indian player in the 2014-15 I-League netting seven goals throughout the season while at Pune FC. He then had stints with Salgaocar FC, FC Goa, Kerala Blasters and East Bengal.

Twenty-one-year-old Subhasish, on the other hand, had a breakthrough season at Churchill Brothers, before becoming a defensive mainstay for Sporting Goa in 2016 which prompted Mohun Bagan to sign the talented youngster. His impressive performances with the Kolkata-side even caught the eye of National Team Coach Stephen Constantine who called him up to the National Team camp, while also being part of the Indian U-23 team for the AFC Championship Qualifiers 2017.

Bengaluru FC Squad

Goalkeepers: Lalthuammawia Ralte, Abhra Mondal, Calvin Abhishek

Defenders: John Johnson, Juanan, Nishu Kumar, Rahul Bheke, Subhasish Bose, Zohmingliana Ralte, Collin Abranches, Joyner Lourenco

Midfielders: Erik Paartalu, Dimas Delgado, Toni Dovale, Malsawmzuala, Harmanjot Khabra, Alwyn George, Lenny Rodrigues, Boithang Haokip

Forwards: Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh, Thongkhosiem Haokip

(Thirteen players picked at today’s ISL Draft have been marked in red)

East Bengal ropes Salam Ranjan Singh and Gabriel Fernandes; Luis Barreto sign extension


KOLKATA: Kolkata giants East Bengal kept at their pre-season shopping, adding defender Salam Ranjan Singh and winger Gabriel Fernandes to the club roster ahead of the 2017/18 Calcutta Football League.

Ranjan, a product of Pune FC youth system, was part of the Pune FC side that won consecutive U-20 I-League titles in 2012 and 2013. The 21-year-old made his first team debut for Pune in 2013 and stayed till 2015 before moving to Bengaluru FC. Ranjan has also turned out for NorthEast United FC in the third season of Indian Super League (ISL).

Furthermore, Ranjan has represented India in the under-23 age group in 2016 South Asian Games.

Gabriel, on the other hand, has previously played for leading clubs in the I-League such as Sporting Clube de Goa, Mumbai FC, Dempo SC, Pune FC, Salgaocar FC and Churchill Brothers.

The 29-year-old also has the experience of playing ISL for FC Goa and Mumbai City FC, and his addition to East Bengal will give coach Khalid Jamil, who coached Gabriel in Mumbai, some experience and pace in attack.

Meanwhile, veteran goalkeeper Luis Barreto has signed the extension at East Bengal.

FC Bardez suffered their first defeat in the GPL

Salgaocar FC handed their first loss to FC Bardez Goa as they beat them 0-2 in the Goa Professional League match played at Duler Stadium earlier today.

FC Bardez stared without their key players centre-back Mathew Gonsalves and skipper Peter Carvalho.

Salgoacar went into the break with a one goal cushion. Balwinder Singh and Liston Colaco scored in each half to confirm their victory. Both teams shared equal possession of the ball.

Salgaocar stated the game in good spirits as their first shot on goal was deflected by Rowilson Rodriguez. Few minutes later Linston Colaco again took the ball passed the FC Bardez defence but Luckily Rowilson cleared it. In the 13th minute Alesh Sawant tried his first shot on goal which went wide.

Richard Costa got a yellow card in the 24th minute for tackling Brian giving away a free-kick just 20 yards away from goal , Brian took the shot that went over the crossbar. The Slagoacar skipper almost put the ball in his own net on 28 minutes as Alesh crossed the ball in the Salgaocar box in turn Myron failed to connect.

Just two minutes later Gilbert was in action again this time at the oppsite end as a cornerkick was played short to him and he crossed it in the box. None of the FC Bardez defenders could clear the ball instead Balwinder Singh headed it home to make it 0-1 to the Greens.

Brian Mascarenhas almost doubled the score for the Greens in the 40th minute as his freekick was just a whisker away from goal. Jessel Carneiro priduced a superb cross in the 54th minute inside the Salgaocar box, Chatur Naik couldn’t finish it.
Four minutes later Alesh Sawant got the ball inside the box, but his shot was saved by the Salgaocar keeper. FC Bardez got a corner in the 71st minute, Alesh Sawant took it and crossed it in but Rowilson’s header was straight at the keeper.

Than Richard produced a lovely cross inside the Salgaocar box, but Myron couldn’t direct the header inside the goal. In the 79th minute Alesh found Lenstan who headed the ball inside the goal but was called offside by the Referee.

Two minutes later Salgaocar Doubled their score as Lston netted from a pass by Rosario Mendes.

Salgaocar Coach Norbet Gonsalves was happy with the result and said, “My boys played well. All we wanted is three points weather you play good game or not but the boys played well and they are going to improve.”

FC Bardez Press Release

Footprints in the Sand – A 60 year journey with Salgaocar FC


GOA: Salgaocar Football Club who have completed 60 years of their exsistance this year have club launched a book titled ‘Footprints in the Sand’ to commemorate the history and legacy of their journey.

The Club also honoured some of its long-time serving players at the celebration which took place at Panjim on the birth centenary of its founder, the late Mr. V.M. Salgaocar.

Funded in 1956 under the name of Vimson, who went on to win the Second Division in its debut year in an unrivalled manner. Later the club came to be known as Clube Desportivo Salgaocar before 1961 and Salgaocar Sports Club post. The current name and crest was coined and launched in 2012.

Speaking at the event; the club President, Mr Shivanand Salgaocar said “My father started the club to give back to Goa to promote footballing talent in the state, a responsibility which I take very seriously. Our youth development & grassroots initiatives are an extension of this mandate.”

Since its inception,  Salgaocar Football Club has evolved from a team of part-time footballers playing locally in Goa, to a formidable national-level club with an acclaimed grassroots program, but the purpose of the existence of the club has remained the same – to promote football in Goa and give an opportunity to Goan footballing talent.

The Community Outreach Program saw over 650 children from in and around Vasco enrolled in its third year. In the Youth Development Program, the U-14 and U-16 teams were both crowned GFA league winners, while the U-18 team topped the Goa zone of the junior I-League and the U-20 team is on the verge of being promoted to the GFA First Division.

The Vice-President – Youth Development, Ms. Swati Salgaocar also added “We at Salgaocar FC have always maintained that football is more than just a game, it’s our passion, and looking at everyone gathered here today I can safely say that Salgaocar FC is more than just a club, it’s a family. It was these sentiments that led us to document the history of the club and chronicle its achievements. Having personally been involved with the book, it has been overwhelming to read accounts of players and coaches over the years and makes me proud to be a part of this tradition.”

‘Footprints in the Sand’ was launched at the hands of Mr. Alisab Sadekar, Mr. Candido Abreu & Alcantara Barreto in the presence of Mr S. V. Salgaocar, Mrs Ranjana Salgaocar club’s vice-president Mr. Vivek Salgaocar, Ms Swati Salgaocar.

Federation Cup: Mohun Bagan rallies to beat Salgaocar 3-2 in Goa


VASCO, GOA: Salgaocar FC was outdone by a spirited Mohun Bagan side in their first leg encounter of the Federation Cup’s quarter-final round at the Tialk Maidan in Vasco on Monday .

Jeje Lalpekhlua’s (1′ & 85′) brace aided by a strike from substitute Abhishek Das (78′) secured the win for the visitors while Martin Scott (26′) and Calvin Mbarga (31′) netted for the hosts.

Mohun Bagan got off to a flying start as Jeje netted the fastest goal thus far in the competition. In the very first minute of the game Subhash Singh made a blistering run from the right flank before sending a cross for the Indian international to head in.

The hosts had their first opening in the 10th minute when Darryl Duffy sent a free-kick  whizzing passed the Bagan wall but just inches away from right post. The Goan side restored parity in style through Scott in the 26th minute after the Scottish playmaker received a cross from Saran Singh before sending the bullet of a shot past Debjit Majumder.

Salgaocar took the lead after only five minutes, with an outstanding individual goal as Mbarga headed home a lofted ball from Duffy after he controlled the ball well in the rival box.


The Goan side headed into the tunnel with the 2-1 lead at the half-time.

However, the Kolkata outfit were not going to give up without a fight and that was shown in their approach come second half. After stringing together multiple passes the away side had a close chance in the 58th minute when Yusa  Katusmi sent a cross towards substitute Prabir Das who headed the ball just wide of the goal.

In the 69th minute, a move initiated by Lenny Rodrigues saw Prabir square the ball to Jeje but the striker’s effort on the turn was saved by Karanjit Singh. Another substitute who made his presence felt as soon as he stepped on the pitch was Abhishek Das as he restored parity in the very same minute of his substitution.

The match-winner was scored by the Man of the Match Jeje in the 85th minute as he controlled Luciano Sobrosa’s pass to turn and beat Karanjit who unable to deny the striker on this occasion.

The high-intensity game didn’t end before Duffy’s free-kick in the dying minutes of the game penetrated the wall; however Bagan custodian Debjit Majumder was alert enough to keep it out. As the final whistle was blown Mohun Bagan walked away with 2-3 away victory.

Now Mohun Bagan will host Salgaocar at Barasat Stadium on Thursday.

Federation Cup: Salgaocar stay confident ahead of Mohun Bagan test


VASCO DA GAMA, GOA: Salgaocar FC are looking to redeem a rather poor season in the recently concluded I-League as they will take on Mohun Bagan in their first leg quarter-final round encounter of the Federation Cup tomorrow at Tialk Maidan.

The Greens having narrowly escaped relegation in the I-League finished the season at 6th spot after suffering 8 losses 4 of which came in the their opening ventures. The Mariners, on the other hand, haven’t had a very satisfying season aswell, as the defending champions lost their crown to Bengaluru FC after being table toppers for the greater part of the league and  now looking for a trophy as a means of redemption as well.

Salgaocar, who have won the India’s league cup 4 times the last being in the 2010-11, season now have Mario Soares at the helm of things and he has made it clear that the past will remain in the past.

When asked about the double that the Kolkata outfit had pulled over them in the league Soares brushed it aside saying “It doesn’t matter now, that is a different competition and this is a new beginning, the boys understand this and we will treat it that way.”

“We are positive and we will do our best. The boys are high on tempo. Mohun Bagan is a big side but we need to cash in on the home advantage.” he added further.

Also present the Salgaocar skipper and star striker Darryl Duffy confirmed how the lads were feeling “It’s a fresh start for us. The I-League campaign was very disappointing as we were desperate to finish a lot higher up in the League than what we eventually did. So the Federation Cup is a new opportunity to do well and try and win a Trophy.”

The Goan outfit will be missing the services of their midfielder Gilbert Oliviera as he is unwell.

Similar feelings were expressed by the Mohun Bagan’s head coach Sanjoy Sen as he admitted they are focussed on finishing the season with a Trophy.

“Definitely! We want to win a trophy. Whatever is gone has gone and is in the past now. So our focus is to win this cup. When we started the season as defending champions, expectations were just too high. So at least for our supporters we should try our level best.” Sen said

India International Jeje Lalpekhlua maintained as he backed his coach’s statement “We are disappointed to lose the I-League Trophy and this is our new target to get the Fed Cup for the fans and for the Team.”

The game kicks off on Monday at the Tilak Maidan in Vasco at 04:30 PM.

We are concentrating on getting the job done: Westwood

With A Win Standing Between Bengaluru FC And The Title, The Gaffer Says Sunday Will Be Just Another Game

Bengaluru: Even while everyone around is tipping Bengaluru FC for a second I-League crown in three years, Ashley Westwood refused to be drawn into any talk of glory as his side take on Salgaocar FC at the Kanteerava Stadium on Sunday, needing a win to claim the title they won in their debut season.

“It’s just another game of football and I haven’t laid any expectations down to the boys. We know what we need to do. The League is for us to win now and I hope we get the right result,” said Westwood while addressing the press on the eve of the game.

The title has been reduced to a two-horse race after East Bengal played out a 0-0 draw with Sporting Clube de Goa on Friday. Bengaluru, meanwhile need a minimum of two points from two games to wrap things up. The Blues play second-placed Mohun Bagan in the season’s final game in Siliguri on Saturday but could render the game meaningless should they beat Salgaocar at the Fortress.

But despite playing down the much-awaited clash Westwood admitted the prospect of winning the title at home would be pleasing. “Obviously, we are at home and would like to win it there in front of our fans with a performance that they would be proud of. It adds that extra bit of spice. But again, we are not counting our chickens before they hatch.”

The club from Goa had a rather indifferent start to the League that saw Scottish coach Malcolm Thompson getting the sack and Santosh Kashyap take over. And after spending most of the season battling relegation, Salgaocar managed a ticket to safety after beating Aizawl last week.

Kashyap, however, will be without a few players, striker Darryl Duffy (suspension) being the biggest miss on the list that includes Calvin Mbarga and Gurjinder Singh (both injuries).

Westwood has a headache of a different kind – a completely fit and available squad to choose from. “Everyone’s fit. Everyone wants to get involved. That’s a nice selection problem for me. Will try and pick up the best team. Everyone’s chomping at the bit and that’s always a good thing.”

The Bengaluru attack has been in blistering form scoring eight goals in their last two games that included a structured 3-1 dismantling of East Bengal. The return of Eugeneson Lyngdoh too has played its part in the Blues’ resurgence and the No.14 said the dressing room was hungrier than ever for the title. “Last year we slipped at the last moment. We have another chance now. Tomorrow we have to go all out. We need to go and script our own history. We were gutted last year after losing. We are hungrier this year. We are looking forward to it and we will go all out.”

BFC Press Release