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Sporting Club de Goa emerge U-20 TACA league champions

MARGAO: Sporting Clube de Goa remained unbeaten in the U-20 TACA League to emerge champions as they played out a goalless draw in their ultimate league match against Dempo Sports Club, at Artificial Turf, Fatorda on Monday.

Both teams played neck to neck as they cancelled out each other’s chances. Sporting being unbeaten in the campaign went into the game positive as they aimed at taking all points from this league but the Dempo side gave them a tough fight and both teams headed goalless at half time.

Post resumption, the teams displayed some fine football on field and created some potent attacks. But in the later half of the second session, the Flaming Orange were made to tighten up their socks and play fair as Prasil Kankonkar and Clive Miranda were booked with yellow cards in the 64th and 77th minute respectively for harsh challenges onto the opposition team. On the other side, Altroy Rodrigues of Dempo SC was booked too in the 80th minute with a yellow. As the final whistle drew near, the teams pressed hard to find a goal but nothing changed the score.

By virtue of this, Sporting Club de Goa have remained unbeaten in the entire campaign winning 7 games out of 8 while the last ended in a draw today. They collected a total of 22 points in the league while Dempo SC are at 6th position with 8 points and still a game in hand. Salgaocar FC finished runners-up as they pocketed 18 points winning 6 games and loosing 2.

In the Second Division league game held at Quitula ground, Sinquerim Sports Club edged pass Candolim SC 1-0. Both teams played out strong and created a host of chances but neither of the two managed to find the opening goal as both teams went into half goalless.

Post resumption, Richard Cardozo of Candolim SC was booked with a yellow for a foul committed. As both teams were going to settle it out and share points, Akxya Vengrulkar netted in the winning goal with a fine finish in the 86th minute for Sinquerim SC.

Bardez, Sporting play out 3-3 in Goa Pro League

GOA: FC Bardez came from behind to draw 3-3 against Sporting Clube de Goa in the Goa Professional League at Duler Stadium, Mapusa on Wednesday.

Sporting dominated the opening 10 minutes of the match. Sporting skipper Victorino had a shot at goal after a short run with the ball but his shot lacked accuracy, as he shot the ball out.

After some lovely passing between the sporting midfielders Glan Martins played a lovely through ball to Philip Odogwu but was well collected by Bardez Goalie Aliston Fernandes.

Bardez’s Inacio Colaco tried a shot at goal but was well blocked by the the Sporting defense. Sporting got their first goal in the 24th minute after Marcus Mascarenhas played a lovely ball to Philip Odogwu on the right flanks, the latter had a neat shot that hit the upright and went straight in.

Bardez had a good chance to equalise through Clinton Niasso who shot the ball over the crossbar after a lovely cross played to him by Kritikesh Gadekar from the left flank.Bardez’s Jessel tried a shot from some distance but was very much off target

Post resumption FC Bardez looked revitalized but were rattled in the 54th minute after Caitano Viegas scored an Own goal. The latter took Victorino’s pass which meant for his team mate in the goal.

Clinton Niasso did some quick feet before having a shot which went off the goal. In the 66th minute Glan Martins made it 3-0 for Flaming Oranje after he blasted in a shot from 30 yards after he received a precise pass from Quan Gomes.

FC Bardez managed to pull one back in the 71st minute through Chatur Naik who tapped in the ball after Sporting keeper Ozen Silva failed to hold onto the shot from Shubham Desai
Marcus Mascarenhas nearly got his name on the scoresheet as his shot hit the crossbar.

In the 85th minute Sporting defender Sodiq Ibrahim scored an own goal as he got his legs on the ball which was passed by Caitano Viegas. The ball just rolled past Sporting keeper Ozen Silva who couldn’t do anything.

In the 95th minute Inacio Colaco scored the equaliser as he slotted the ball in after Ozen Silva failed to hold on to the ball yet again in the match from a cross by Jessel Carneiro

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.”

Goa Football Association AGM held on Sunday

GOA: The Annual General Body Meeting of the Goa Football Association was held Sunday at Hotel Mandovi under the Chairmanship of the President, Elvis Gomes.

At the outset, a minute’s silence was observed as a mark of respect to the departed souls of Shashikala Kakodkar (Ex-Chief Minister), Alex D’Souza (Ex-Treasurer), Jay Prakash Poulekar (Ex-Executive Committee Member), Manuel Rebello (Ex‑Administrator), Braz Rodrigues (Ex-Match Official), Kevoy Fernandes (Ex‑Referee), Peter Gomes (Ex-Player), George D’Cunha (Ex-Player), Tyson Silva (Ex-Player), and Mathias Mergulhao (an avid football fan) all of whom have passed away leaving behind a rich legacy of their contribution to the game of football in Goa.

The President then placed on record that Bernardinho Velho (Secretary of Benfica Youth Club) holds the distinction of attending the AGM uninterruptedly for the 41st year and proposed that this feat be acknowledged. The members felicitated Velho for his long contribution to Goan football. The General Body also felicitated Ralin De Souza (Secretary of Don Bosco Oratory, Panjim) for being the first Certified Grade II Basketball Coach in India. Thereafter, the General Body felicitated all the members elected in various Panchayats as Sarpanchas and Panchas.

The General Body has agreed to discuss and decide about carrying out further amendments in the Statutes as well as Private Tournament Rules and Official Competition Rules through an EGM to be convened later. It is also decided to propose voting to the Executive Committee on an All Goa basis as against the present zonal system followed.

The General Body congratulated the Goa Team for being the Runners Up of the 71st Santosh Trophy for the year 2016-17. The General Body also congratulated Salgaocar Football Club and Dempo Sports Club for the milestones achieved in completing 60 years and 50 years respectively. At the same time, it was noted with concern that the three leading clubs viz Salgaocar Football Club, Dempo Sports Club, and Sporting Clube de Goa had withdrawn from the I-League and unanimously held that the policies of the AIFF were flawed and have put the future of budding players at stake. The General Body also resented the fact that GFA had no place in the Executive Committee of the AIFF but vowed to protect its self respect and pride under all circumstances. It was decided that FIFA and AFC be informed about the non-engagement of the LOC with the GFA on issues about the U17 World Cup to be held in Goa.

The General Body passed a resolution that the Government should make all grounds available to the GFA to conduct official competitions free of any charge and similarly to village clubs in their respective villages to be allowed use of grounds without any charges for their own Inter Village Tournaments.

The General Body congratulated the President and the Committee on the steps taken to promote Women’s Football, Referees’ Development, Coaching Development, and Introduction of CRS System for all players, the development of a full fledged fully air conditioned dormitory and conference hall, and the steps taken to construct the changing rooms along with a VIP lounge at Duler and also efforts made to get a generator for the floodlights. The General Body also applauded the fact that the Committee managed the finances despite constraints, which resulted in a surplus of 15.23 lakhs. The General Body, accordingly, approved the Annual Financial Statement and the Income and Expenditure Statement 2016-17, and the Budget for the year 2017-18. The General Body was briefed on the FCRA notice and the steps taken to keep not only the FCRA registration valid but also that of the exemption under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act.

The General Body approved the induction of the following new clubs as provisional clubs namely Shree Naguesh Maharudra Sports and Cultural Club (Curca), Siddheshwar Sports and Cultural Club (Surla-Bicholim), Verna Cultural and Sports Association, M7 Football Club (Panjim), and Pinto’s Youth Club of Baradi (Velim) subject to them fulfilling the eligibility criteria.

The General Body also accorded the Permanent Status to the following clubs namely Assonora United Football Club, Football Club Neura, Kevnem Sports Club, Panchawadi United Sports Club, Ponda Footballers, and Vailankani Football Sports Club Morjim.

It was also approved to maintain the terms of participation fee of Rs. 30 lacs and a deposit of Rs. 20 lacs as fixed by the Executive Committee for inclusion of the 12th team into the Goa Professional League.

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)

Kalu Ogba pens Mohammedan SC deal

KOLKATA: Mohammedan Sporting Club has completed their foreigner quota for the forthcoming Calcutta Football League, after signing Nigerian midfielder Kalu Ogba Nnanna.

The experienced play-maker joins the Black Panthers after spending the previous season at Southern Samity and teams up with Aser Pierrick Dipanda and Richard Agwu Somtochukwu in the foreigner triad.

Known for his dogged displays in the middle of the park, Kalu can dictate the play both in attack and defense which shall immensely benefit the Biswajit Bhattacharya-coached side.

Welcoming Kalu to the club, Mohammedan Sporting General Secretary Ghazal uz Zafar said: “Kalu comes with a lot of experience that will be very handy for us in the season ahead.”

“We have been keeping an eye on him, and with Southern Samity, he had a positive impact on their performance and we hope he will do even better with our club. We are glad to have him on our side and I wish him the best of luck,” he added.

Kalu began his Indian sojourn in 2007, when he joined Churchill Brothers from Nigeria-based Fadam United FC and helped the Red Machines win the I-League, IFA Shield, Durand Cup and the Goa Professional League once during his stay.

In 2010, Kalu switched his allegiance to Dempo Sports Club, before joining Sporting Clube de Goa next season. Kalu stayed at Sporting for four seasons and finished as the top goal scorer for the Panjim-based club twice in I-League.

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.

Durand Cup: SC de Goa thrash Gangtok Himalayan SC 5-1

SCG Press Release

Sporting Clube de Goa proved to be too hot for the highlanders as the Goan side thrashed their Gangtok opponents 5 – 1 in their 4thmatch of Durand Cup 2016. Cajetan Fernandes (4’) opened the flood gates with an early header while, Marcus Mascarenhas (17’),Joseph Pereira (33’), Ganesh Thakur (45’+) & Victorino Fernandes (55’) got their names on the score sheet. For GangtokHimalayan SC Rishab Sharma (19’) scored the consolation goal.

Sporting Clube de Goa was off to a flying start right from the kick-off. In the very first minute Victorino Fernandes made a dazzling run but couldn’t get his shot off. In the 4th minute Sporting won a corner which was delivered elegantly by Harpreet Singh finding Cajetan Fernandes in the box who slotted home the early goal Sporting were looking for. Sporting maintained a good shape and looked dangerous with the aerial balls. In the 17th minute the Goan side won another corner kick which was a carbon copy of the first, Harpreet Singh once again managed to send in a beauty this time to find Marcus at the end of it who powered it past the Gangtok keeper. Trying to get back into the game Gangtok SC  made some brilliant passes to find Rishab Sharma who beat the Sporting defenders and put one past Ravi Kumar to make it 2 -1 in the 19th minute. Just when Gangtok SC felt they were getting back in the game Joseph Pereira hoodwinked the defenders to brilliantly control a ball from Ganesh Thakur and slot it past the keeper making it 3 – 1. After setting up the previous goal Ganesh Thakur himself slotted in the 4th goal just before half-time. In the injury time Gangtok SC won a penalty but it was just one of those days where nothing could go against Sporting as Rishab hit the post and missed their chance to narrow the gap. Score stayed 4 – 1 at the half-time.

Crossing over Sporting were completely in control, Glan Martins and Cajetan Fernandes bossed the midfield. At the other end Loveday Enyinnaya & Harpreet Singh put up a brilliant show. The attacking intent of Harpreet and Loveday made things worse for the highlanders. In the 55th minute Victorino Fernandes further increased the gap with a 22 yards rasping shot which went past the keeper making it 5 – 1 with little left to play for Gangtok SC. Rest of the half saw Sporting dominate proceedings while creating some good chances. Towards the injury time Victorino Fernandes  of Sporting & Baichung of Gangtok SC were given their marching orders by the referee for a rough tackle.


Sporting Clube de Goa will take on Army Green in their third fixture of Durand Cup 2016 at Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi. Sporting have collected one point from the two matches played and will be hoping pocket full points from the upcoming matches.

Sporting Gaffer speaking to the media said “The ground conditions are very much different here, but we have to make the most of what we have.”
He further added “The boys have been playing some good attacking football, the first match was a narrow loss. The second match we threw away from very good position.” He went on “We have evaluated our mistakes and will make sure that doesn’t happen again. The boys needed sometime to adjust to this conditions and we are hoping we can play to our potential on Thursday.”
Speaking about their chances to progress in the tournament Mateus Costa said “See we would like to focus on this match right now, definitely there is a good chance to progress but we will take one match at a time, stick to our basics. Its simple we have to get maximum points from the remaining matches, our progress is still in our hands.”
Sporting Durand tour however has been injury ridden, losing two of their star players in the opening two matches. The first match saw Seriton Fernandes taken off with a head injury while next match saw the Captain Joyner Lourenco taken off early i the first half with a dislocated shoulder. On the positive note Sporting will be happy with the performance of their striker Victorino Fernandes and defender Loveday Enyinnaya who has been exceptional at the back.
GROUP A STANDINGS– DSK lead the group with 6 points beating Sporting (2-1) & Gangtok Himalyan (2-1), Gangtok Himalyan are placed second with one win against Minerva FC (2 -0) and one loss against DSK, Indian Navy who drew both their matches with a score line of 1 – 1 (Against Sporting & Army Green) are placed third with 2 points while Army Green and Sporting are on fourth and fifth position respectively with a point each, Minerva FC are at the bottom and yet to open their account.

Federation Cup: Sporting campaign with crucial away-win over Mumbai FC


MUMBAI: Sporting started their Federation Cup campaign against their west coast rivals Mumbai FC at Cooperage Stadium on Sunday with a 0 – 1 win. Sumeet Passi header in the 89th minute gave Flaming Oranje the crucial away goal.

Sporting started as the better side among the two with great ball control and good passing. Mumbai FC struggled to end long spells of possession by the Goan side.  The first real opportunity for Sporting came early in the 5th minute when Densill Theobald headed a ball inches away from the goal. Soon in the 10th minute Pratesh Shirodkar found Nicholas Fernandes with a good cross on the left but the latter was rounded off by Ashutosh Mehta to contain any damage. In the 20th minute Mumbai FC came close to taking the lead when Eric Brown whipped a dangerous ball into the Sporting box trying to find Sushil Singh who failed to make any contact with it, Arindam saw off the danger for visitors.  In the 39th minute the visitors once again knocked the Mumbai FC nets when Rowllin Borges did what he is known for, a fantastic box to box ball right in spot to confuse Kunal Sawant who finds himself out of place but somehow manages to nick it above the post. The first half ended even as both teams failed to break the dead lock.

The second half saw Mumbai FC trying to get an early lead as the build up from the kick off ended with Sushil taking a good shot from the 18 yard spot but failed to provide the right direction. In less than a minute Sporting responded with Densill Theobald’s free kick which sailed inches above the cross bar. In the 54th minute Jayesh Rane of Mumbai managed to poke one past Arindam but the referee at the far side had his flag up. In the 76th minute Sporting came close to scoring when a Bose corner found an unmarked Rowllin who’s free header landed into the hands of Kunal Sawant who held on to the ball after an initial fumble. Mumbai’s responded well in the next minute when Clifford Miranda made a good run on the left to find Sushil in a good position who struck a powerful volley straight at the nets, but Arindam pulled out a fantastic save the ball however went straight to Eric Brown who smashed it once again towards the bottom right corner. It was Arandim’s day as he made an acrobatic dive to save Sporting from a definite goal in the span of less than 15 seconds.

In the 83rd minute Gaffer Costa handed the young Nigerian Ndidi Chukwuma his first major start when he came in for a tiring Densill Theobald. The move worked out well as Ndidi made a dazzling run in the dying moments of the match to find Victornio Fernandes in the far right corner. Victorino took stock of the situation and send in a fantastic cross hoping to find an orange shirt at the end of it. The man in form Sumeet Passi made a full length dive to send in a powerful header into the Mumbai nets as Kunal Sawant stood still and watched.

Sporting play their reverse fixture back at Fatorda on 4th May 2016. With the one goal advantage in hand Sporting just have to ensure they prevent Mumbai from scoring in the second leg which would mean they progress into the semis.