- Goa carrying high hopes
Goa carrying high hopes
Three new players Gabriel, Remus and Stanley added to squad; They leave by train, on today to play first match against Kerala on March 2; Gabriel named captain; Micky, Mario not included
MARGAO: For the last four days prior to the final announcement the team coach, Alex Alvares had to start every training session by telling his boys the importance of the Santosh Trophy.
The National football championship was not too long India’s most important football tournament and even though the significance may have died down due to overdependence on club football, the tournament still holds a pride of place in every Goan hearts.
“It’s still dear to all us. We want all of you to bring back the Santosh Trophy for Goa and Goan football,” said Schubert Furtado, GFA Vice-president (South Goa) during the announcement of the team, at Panchayat ground, Raia, on Wednesday in the presence of GFA Member Anthony Pango.
Three new players Gabriel Fernandes (Dempo SC), Remus Gomes and Stanley D’Silva (both Tuff Laxmi Prasad SC) have been added to the squad.
Micky Fernandes (Churchill Brothers SC) and Mario Mascarenhas (Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim) who were members of the West zone qualifying round played in Gujarat have been dropped. Micky was suspended and an inquiry is being conducted on Mario by the GFA for their hotel brawl incident at the recently concluded 35th National Games.
The team will be led by Dempo attacking midfielder Gabriel Fernandes., who stole the limelight for FC Goa in the Indian Premier League
Alvares said he was aware of danger in guiding his boys to win the trophy in the face of tough opponents in Group B like Mizoram, Kerala and Railways for the 69th National football championship for Santosh Trophy which gets underway at Guru Nanak stadium, Ludhiana and Guru Govind Singh Stadium, Jalandar in Punjab from March 1 to 15.
Alvares told Herald that it will have a tough time in Punjab but nothing in impossible.
The squad leaves by train, on Thursday to play their first match against Kerala on March 2.
Goa face Railways, on March and Delhi on March. Their final group match is against Mizoram, on March 9.
The team: Jaison D’Mello, Faiysal Shaikh, Amar Halankar, Mackroy Peixoto, Ponif Vaz, Remus Gomes, Stanley D’Silva, Gabriel Fernandes, Savio Fernandes, Marcus Mascarenhas, Perryson Rebello, Girish Naik, Rayman Fernandes, Agnelo Colaco, Melvin Fernandes,Rovan Pereira, Richard Costa, Nicholas Fernandes, Joshua Rebello and Jerose Carlito Olveira. Coach Alex Alvares, Team manager cum assistant coach Anthony D’Souza and Chief de Mission Arnaldo Costa.