11th May 2013
Sporting v. Mumbai
Pune v. Pailan
Prayag v. ONGC
Sporting aim to end on high
VASCO: Sporting Clube de Goa’s dream run in the second leg of I-League will be complete if they manage a win against Mumbai FC in their concluding clash at Tilak Maidan, Vasco, Saturday.
Sporting Clube, before Spanish coach Oscar Bruzon took over, were languishing at the bottom of the pool and were fighting to save relegation. The Spanish’s coach arrival, however, changed the fortunes of the club who are now close to securing a sixth spot.
Sporting Clube have 34 points in their kitty and a win over Mumbai FC will guarantee them the sixth spot. Although, should Dempo lose their concluding match against Salgaocar FC, they will have the same number of points as the defending champions, Sporting will still finish sixth due to their inferior head-to-head record.
“This is a very important match. Because we have done well so far, it is important to finish on a high as well,” said Bruzon.
Sporting will be without the services of defenders Joyner Lourenco and Samananda Singh and the coach admitted he has concerns at the back. “There are problems in defence but I always speak about those players who are available and not those who are missing. I am sure we have enough in reserve to fill the gap,” said the Spanish coach.
Sporting will play at the Tilak Maidan for the first time this season since they had opted to play most of their home matches at the Duler Stadium, Mapusa.
Mumbai FC, with a fair bit of luck, can also finish sixth but for that to happen the visitors must grab full points against Sporting Clube who they defeated in the home clash at Pune.
Khalid Jamil’s side has surprised many with some eye-catching football and will hope they can come up with an impressive for one last time this season.
In Kalyani, Prayag United SC who have been one of the most notable achievers in the I-League table this season looked to end their campaign on a winning note when they take on Delhi’s ONGC FC in the concluding 26th round match at Kalyani Stadium, here, on Saturday.
“We have done well in the last few rounds and have reached the fourth position in the league standings. This is the highest our team has reached in the tournament and we would look to win the last match and finish in style,” said Eelco Schattorie, the Dutch coach of Prayag United.
“The team is in good rhythm and despite the title already decided our players will try to give their best and look to give a befitting end to our campaign,” Schattorie added. Prayag United have 41 points from 25 matches and have secured the fourth position already. Prayag United have won three, drawn one and lost one in their last five outings.
“Ours is a young and a spirited side and my boys always try to give their best effort. My team has come with many good results and we will try finish on a successful note,” said Santosh Kashyap, the ONGC coach.
“A win is a priority as it will help us finish better in the final league standings. Prayag United are a good side and have the advantage of playing at home. But we have our plan and will try to play accordingly to fulfill our objective,” Kashyap added. ONGC are currently placed 9th with 31 points from 25 matches and have drawn four and lost one in their last five matches.
Meanwhile, Pune will look to secure the second spot in the I-League table when they take on Pailan Arrows at Balewadi Stadium. Pune FC are on 49 points and a win against Pailan Arrows on Saturday will ensure their No 2 position for the 2012-13 season, but a different result will leave their fate in the hands of East Bengal, who meet Shillong Lajong FC on Sunday.
East Bengal, on 47 points, could upset Pune FC’s hopes should the Red Lizards fail to take full points from the AIFF developmental squad.
But given the way Pune FC have performed in the last four league matches, the Derrick Pereira’s side looks destined to grab the second position, which will be a milestone for the club that is playing in their only fourth season in the elite Indian football league.
Pune FC are coming into this match on the back of four straight wins, including one against Mohun Bagan, two against Air India and one over the ONGC FC. Their loss to Churchill Brothers in the Round 21 match in Goa will rankle Red Lizards for a long time as the way things panned out since then they would have surely been laying their hands of the brand new glittering I-League Trophy.
Again, history is with Pune FC. The Red Lizards haven’t lost to Pailan Arrows in their past five meetings, winning thrice and drawing twice giving the home team a clear edge over their rivals.
Arrows under Arthur Papas will look to redeem themselves against a team that needs an outright win to seal No 2 position.
Salgaocar edge past GUSA
MARGAO: Salgaocar Football Club rode on a 48th minute goal from striker Lenin D’Mello to edge past Goa United Sports Academy (GUSA) 1-0 and book their place in the final of under-14 inter-district play-off at Cansaulim Sports Complex, Friday. There was no score at half time.
The match started on a bright note with the teams creating umpteen chances. Salgaocar began to call the shots and put Goa United Sports Academy under pressure. Their efforts nearly materialized but striker Lenin’s fine effort missed the target narrowly.
At the other end, Goa United Sports Academy did not lag behind and raided the rival citadel time and again. However, their forwards muffed chances from ideal position.
Crossing over, Salgaocar attacked with more urgency and their efforts bore fruit in the 48th minute when Melbon Pereira’s try hit the crossbar and the rebound was smartly headed into the goal by Lenin.
After the early setback, Goa United Sports Academy did well to come back into the game. They created some decent chances which tested Salgaocar goalkeeper Rollan Gaonkar.
Dempo U-18 Ilhas Zone champs
MAPUSA: Dempo Sports Club rode on Areski Sudarji’s 45th minute strike to register a solitary goal victory over Sporting Clube de Goa in a GFA under-18 Ilhas Zone play-off final at Duler Stadium, here, Friday. There was no score at half time.
The teams started on a positive note but could not build up promising moves as the play was restricted in the midfield.
Dempo captain Deryl Endro’s 10th minute long ranger missed the mark narrowly.
At the other end, Sporting’s best chance was Avrhishto Fernandes’ powerful free-kick which, however, sailed inches over.
Subsequently, at the half hour mark, Sporting’s Pandurang Gotlekar sent in an intelligent long ball to striker Agnelo Fernandes but the latter shot wide with only Dempo goalkeeper Frazer Afonso at his mercy.
Post resumption, Dempo broke the deadlock in the 45th minute after Quan Gomes’ rasping free-kick was too hot for Sporting goalkeeper Rahul Yadav, who fumbled in his collection as the ball fell back in the path of Areski Sudarji, who slotted home from hand-shaking distance.
Stunned by the setback, Sporting went all-out in search of the equalizer but Aahan Philiphs and Akeeraj Martins squandered golden opportunities inside the rival territory.
Wilred thump Salcete
MARGAO: A four-goal blitz including a hat-trick by striker Melwyn Fernandes helped Wilred Lesiure Sports Club, Curtorim to thump Salcete Football Club 4-1 and enter the quarter-finals of GFA knock-out football tournament at DSYA ground, Curtorim, Friday. Wilred Leisure led 2-0 at the breather.
Wilred Leisure started off on a bright and took the lead in the 13th minute. Melwyn Fernandes picked up the ball from midfielder Jerose Oliveira and slotted past the rival goalkeeper with a snap shot.
Spurred by the early success, Wilred Leisure increased the tempo and doubled the lead in the 34th minute when Melwyn Fernandes bulged the net off a pass from Sertorio Monteiro.
Crossing over, Wilred Leisure continued to dictate terms and troubled the rival defence with well orchestrated raids. Melwyn Fernandes completed his hat-trick when he punished the rival goalkeeper with an adroit placement.
Thereafter, Wilred Leisure took control of the proceedings made it 4-0 when Melwyn Fernandes punted the ball to the far corner of the net.
Stunned by the huge deficit, Salcete went into an attacking mode and striker Geetesh Borkar reduced the margin in the 72nd minute.
I-League football: Sporting Clube de Goa v. Mumbai FC, Tilak Maidan, Vasco, 6 p.m.
GFA knock-out football: Margao SC v. Calangute Association, Poriat ground, Calangute, 4 p.m.
St Cruz Panchayat Cup football: St Savio SC, Calangute v. Clube Sao Miguel Taleigao, DSYA ground, St Cruz, 5 p.m.
3rd Fr Bento memorial football: Carmona SC v. Cuncolim Union, SAG ground, Agonda.
St Rock’s Super Soccer: Curtorim Gym v. Fr Agnel Paroda, St Rock’s ground, 4.30 p.m.
Vailankanni Cup Soccer: St. Anthony's SC Marna v. Penha de Franca, Morjim ground, 4.30 p.m.
SAPY floodlit 3-a-side tie-breaker, Vagator church compound, 7 p.m.
5th Saligao United Cup Soccer final: Goa Velha SC v. Nerul SC, Dr Gustavo Monteiro ground, Candolim, 4.30 p.m.
Rebello Pandal Soccer: Loutolim Boys v. Rebello Pandal, Maina, Maina church ground, 4.30 p.m.
4th Milagres Cup football semis: Pilerne SC v. Candolim SC, Bodgeshwar ground, 4.45 p.m.
22nd late VM Salgaocar football quarters: Guirim SC v. Adarsh Yuvak Sangh, Saligao ground, 4.45 p.m.
Tie-breaker at Taleigao
PANJIM: The All-Goa 2-a-side floodlit football tie-breaker organized by Zaprex Boys, Taleigao will be held on May 11 near Little Field Hall, Taleigao, at 7 p.m.
Details may be obtained from Agnelo on 9823203776 / 9822790957.
St Savio face Sao Miguel in inaugural
PANJIM: St Savio Sports Club, Calangute will take on Clube Sao Miguel Taleigao in the inaugural match of St Cruz Panchayat Cup football organized by Cabesa Sports and Cultural Club at DSYA ground, St Cruz, at 5 p.m.
Maina SC Curtorim, Penha De France, Nuvem SC, Rossman Cruz SC, St Anthony SC Colva, FC Siolim, Nagoa Sporting, Sangolda Lightning, Saligao United, Holy Cross Arambol, Merces Club, Goa Velha SC, St Mathew’s Club, Azossim and Cabesa SCC will also vie for the top spot.
The winners will receive Rs 60,000 and a trophy while the runners-up will take home Rs 40,000 and a trophy. Individual prizes will also be given. The finals will be held on May 26. This tournament is sponsored by St Cruz Village Panchayat.
Floodlit tie-breaker at Vagator
CALANGUTE: The 3-a-side floodlit football tie-breaker organized by St. Anthony's Parish Youth, Vagator will be held on May 10 at church compound, Vagator, from 7 p.m.
The winners will receive Rs 8,000 while the runners-up will take home Rs 5,000. Spot entries will be accepted. Details may be obtained from Jolan on 9767860686 or Lester on 9960069994.
Cricket tourney at Cuncolim
MARGAO: The All-Goa inter-municipal council and Cuncolim constituency cricket tournament organized by Cuncolim Municipal Council as part of their silver jubilee celebration will be held on May 11 and 12 respectively near KTC bus stand, Cuncolim.
The winners will receive Rs 30,000 and a trophy while the runners-up will get Rs 20,000 plus a trophy.
Cricket tourney at Cuncolim
MARGAO: The All-Goa inter-municipal council and Cuncolim constituency cricket tournament organized by Cuncolim Municipal Council as part of their silver jubilee celebration will be held on May 11 and 12 respectively near KTC bus stand, Cuncolim.
CANACONA: Davorlim SC defeated Goa Velha SC by a solitary goal in 3rd Fr Bento memorial inter-village football tournament at SAG ground, Agonda-Canacona, Friday.
The all-important goal was scored by Venson Figueiredo in the second half.
Saligao trounce Sai Avtar
MAPUSA: Saligao Sporting Club trounced Sai Avtar, Anjuna 3-0 o storm in the finals of 4th Milagres Cup football tournament organized by Milagres Sports Club, Mapusa at Bodgeshwar ground, here, Friday.
Ajay Diwadkar (2) and Mathew Dias scored for Saligao.
Leon finishes 13th
PANJIM: Leon Mendonca lost his last three matches and muffed a golden opportunity to finish in the top three, as he secured seven points out of 11 and stood 13th in 27th National U-7 Open Chess Championship in Pune.
Suyash Pai and Pratik Borkar finished with seven points each and finished 21st and 22nd respectively due to lower Buchholz. Colaso Vernon secured 5.5 points.
Meanwhile in the girls section, Sanvi Naik Gaonkar finished with seven points and stood 14th. Alaya D’Cruz tallied six points while Stuti Pai got four points.
Games will be held in Goa: ACOLOP
Chief Minister hands over invitations to members
PANJIM: “We have reached a point of no return and the 3rd Lusofonia Games will be held in Goa as planned from November 2 to 10 in Goa, given the high level of confidence displayed by the local Organising Committee as well as the Goa Olympic Association and the Government,” asserted ACOLOP secretary general Mario Rosa of Angola.
“We are all going to work for the success of the Games and we strongly believe in what has been told to us by the organizing committee and also what we have seen,” remarked Rosa, at a press conference, here, on Friday.
“We know that work has been delayed due to change in Government but we need to repose full confidence and trust in the organizing committee. Certainly, there should be no doubts that Games will be held in Goa and as such the question of shifting the venue or postponement at this stage does not arise at all,” remarked the ACOLOP official.
To some persistent questions as to what will happen if Goa is not in a position to host the Games, even when Rosa was reiterating that even Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was working overtime for the success of Games, GOA president, Shripad Naik, MP interjected to say that all works were going on as per the schedule and deadlines and that the entire infrastructure would be ready well on time for hosting the prestigious event.
The ACOLOP delegation headed by its president, Alex Vong of Macau visited two of the venues and took stock of the progress. They had a fruitful general assembly meeting which lasted about three hours this morning at Varca with valuable suggestions, feedbacks.
Later, they met Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar, at the secretariat.
Rosa pointed out that Parrikar was personally monitoring the works on daily basis and that he is a man who is known to deliver. “He told us that he never likes to be a loser and he was emphatic that the Games would be a huge success. We believe in him and in his capacities,” added Rosa.
“Although we have seen the progress despite starting very, we had a lot of questions for the organizing committee in the meeting today. We recognize the delay due to several factors and we do recognize the efforts being put in by the Government and others now.”
The problem of issuing visas is getting attention with the Ministry of External Affairs having already issued a circular that these will be issued gratis (free of charge) and that wherever there are no embassies or Indian missions like in S Tome e Principe, Cabo Verde, an official of the particular country would have to travel to the nearest one where the Indian missions are located with all the passports and applications so that visas would be issued in that country.
“We know that the ACOLOP technical group visited Goa about 20 days back and we have already noticed the rate of progress from then to now. We have full trust in the Organizing Committee that is expected to deliver on their promises. After all, it involves the honour and prestige of Goa and Goans,” remarked Rosa. “The Games are in your hands, so do keep on monitoring its progress.”
“Our mission is to see that the infrastructure is ready for hosting the event. It is important for school students, citizens so as to ultimately improve the quality of life,” voiced Rosa.
“There has been good progress at the athletic track at Bambolim while the work at the indoor stadium at Taleigao seems to be somewhat delayed,” observed Alex.
“We need to test the organizational capabilities and as such have planned a meeting of all the Chef de Missions in the second fortnight of August so that all technical details are discussed and checked. Our mission is to provide all help and assistance for the successful realization of the Games. We will even try to find out if there could be the possibility of issuing the accreditation cards which would be valid for entry as visas,” stated Rosa, who hoped that a solution would be found for the same since there is time to pursue the matter.
“We understand your pessimism about hosting the Games, but we have to have confidence on the hosts given their enthusiasm, dedication and sincere efforts that we have seen. These are very encouraging signs and we need to express our solidarity with our fellow member. Above all, we need to help Goa so that the State is proud of excellent infrastructure for posterity, and this is very important, as the Games will be held and all of us would have gone thereafter, while the infrastructure would remain forever and will be a legacy for Goa and Goans,” stated Rosa, since Goa has no infrastructure worth the name as of today.
Earlier, the Chief Minister presented the invitation letters to all the delegates for witnessing the Games. He gave an assurance that the works would be completed by September and that work would go on despite the rains.
Keshav Chandra, CEO, Lusofonia Games; Sandip Jaques, SAG’s ED, SAG’s Chief Engineer J Chimulkar, Gurudatta Bhakta, general secretary, GOA were also present.
10th May 2013
BMSC emerge MUPC India champs
MAPUSA: Birchandra Memorial Sporting Club (BMSC), Taobungkhok, Manipur breezed past Mumbai Football Club 5-4 via the sudden death to emerge All-India champions of the eighth Nike’s under-15 Manchester United Premier Cup football tournament organized under the aegis of AIFF and GFA at Duler Stadium, here, Thursday. The teams were locked goalless even after extra time. The tie-breaker ended in a 4-4 draw as each side missed one spot kick each. While Roshan Singh converted for Manipur, Mumbai FC’s Sushant Jadhav shot wide.
INDIA CHAMPS: Birchandra Memorial Sporting Club
(BMSC), Taobungkhok, Manipur, winners of 8th
All-India Nike’s U-15 Manchester United Premier Cup
football tournament celebrating their victory at Duler
Stadium, Mapusa, Thursday.
Manipur kept their cool in the penalty shoot-out as Suresh Singh, Buanthanglun, Jim Singh, Romario Singh and Roshan Singh converted while Prince Anandraj, Aftab Khan, Arif Shaikh and Saif Khan netted for Mumbai.
Manipur will now represent India in the South-East Asia regional finals in Malaysia in June. The winners in Malaysia will then take part in the world finals to be held in London later this year.
The Manipur team won the hearts of the sparse crowd as they displayed better positional play against the rivals from Mumbai who looked well beyond 15.
Manipur were awarded the winner’s trophy by Avinash Pant, marketing director, Nike India and Wim Koevermans, head coach, India football team.
Baichung Bhutia, former India football team captain and chairman, AIFF technical committee alongwith Sunil Chhetri, captain, India football team handed the runners-up trophy to Mumbai FC.
Arif Shaikh, Mumbai FC was adjudged highest scorer while Manipur goalkeeper Romario Singh was declared best player of the tournament. Both were presented Nike Mercurial limited edition shoes.
“I have to congratulate Nike for their initiative which gives a great platform for young budding footballers,” said Chhetri, who recently won his maiden I-League title with Churchill Bros.
On the other hand, Bhutia felt honoured to be associated with the tournament right from its first edition and wished the Manipur team best of luck in Malaysia. Bhutia stressed that the need not to indulge in age-cheating as it will only help Indian football at the senior level.
“It was a tough tournament and I have to congratulate the teams that made it to the finals. You are the future of India football and we need young players in the National team”, stated Koeverman
An exhibition match was held before the kick-off between Baichung Bhutia XI and Sunil Chettri XI which ended in a goalless draw.
Marcus Pacheco, India football team, goalkeeping coach; Brahmanand Shankwalkar, Arjuna awardee; Tassos Sioulas, technical director, Sesa FA; Clifford Chukwuma, head coach, Sesa FA; Lavinio Rebello, GFA vice-president (North); GFA executive members, Alirio Lobo, Babli Mandrekar, Gajanan Kerkar and Uday Lingudkar were those among present.
Jovito Lopes welcomed, compered and proposed the vote of thanks.
Holy Cross Baradi emerge champs
PANJIM: Holy Cross, Baradi clinched the top spot in 4th NIVIA All-Goa Altar Severs Sports Festival football while St Thomas, Aldona annexed the girls title in throwball organized by Vocation Commission for Diocesan Clergy in association with John Paul II foundation for Sport (Goa) at Saligao Seminary, Saligao.
Holy Cross, Baradi overcame the challenge of Our Lady of Good Success, Nagao 3-1 via the tie-breaker after the match ended goalless during regular time. In the tie-breaker, Magson was the hero, pulling off two saves. He was adjudged best player of the finals.
In the girls final St. Thomas, Aldona came from behind after having lost the first set and trailing in the second set to overcome a slightly overconfident St Sebastian, Aquem and finally winning the throwball event which was introduced for the first time.
In the semi-finals played in the morning Our Lady of Good Success, Nagao overcame St Anne’s, Ponda by a solitary goal scored by Mison to make it to the finals. The ultimate champions of the day Holy Cross, Baradi were winners all the way as they scored a facile 4-0 victory over a tired Our Lady of Piety, Uggem who played three matches at a stretch in the morning session. Hayden, Ryan, Gladus and Joshua scored for the Baradi boys.
Felix Pais of St Anne’s, Ponda was adjudged best goalkeeper while Mison and Cyrus from Our Lady of Good Success (Nagao, Verna) with four goals each were the highest scorers. Desmond Pereira from Our Lady of Piety, Uggem was given the best player of the tournament prize.
In the girls throw ball prizes were won by Denzy and Alexandra from St Thomas, Aldona, Evelyn Furtado from St Sebastian (Aquem), Joyanna Menezes from Arpora and Nisha from Tilamol.
An exhibition match between the Diocesan Priests team against the best boys of the tournament saw the priests winning 3-1. Yunal Fernandes first scored for the boys team but later three goals in a row came from Fr Domnic Savio Rodrigues, Bro. Snyter and Fr Benson Culaso for the priests.
Archbishop of Goa Filipe Neri Ferrao was the chief guest for the final day’s programme. He congratulated the efforts of the Vocation Commission for Diocesan Clergy in association with John Paul II foundation for Sport (Goa) for conducting month long sports festival involving more than 120 parish teams in all over a period of a month. Jennifer Gonsalves was the guest of honour while Fr Tony Salema, Rector of Saligao Seminary presided.
Fr Derick Fernandes, Director of VCDC welcomed. The festival was sponsored by Freewill Sports and DSYA.
SALCETE GRASSROOTS PROGRAMME
Areal centre inaugurated
MARGAO: Swati Salgaocar, vice-president of Salgaocar FC Youth Development programme inaugurated the Salgaocar Football Club sponsored Sao Jose de Areal Youth Football Centre Wednesday, in the presence of Alberto Colaco, Salcete FC secretary, Julio Monteiro, sarpanch of Areal, Fr Manuel Antao and other dignitaries at Padribhat ground.
|GROOMING TALENT: The participants of Sao Jose de |
Areal Youth Football alongwith the dignitaries at
Sao Jose de Areal, Wednesday.
Salgaocar FC’s Youth Development Programme has youth teams ranging from Under-12 to Under-20 and this is a re-affirmation of their commitment to Goan football by joining hands with Salcete FC and opening this grassroots center in Areal for kids from 8 to 10 years. Around 45 boys have already registered and will be trained two to three times a week.
SFC senior team players from Areal – namely, Gilbert Oliveira, Marcus Mascarenhas, Godfrey Silva and Ashlon will mentor 10 to 12 young footballers each in skills, attitude and discipline in a “Big Brother” Concept and started off by distributing Salgaocar FC jerseys to the participants.
GFA knock-out football: Wilred Leisure SC v. Salcete FC, Curtorim ground, 4 p.m.
U-14 inter-district play-off: Salgaocar FC v. Goa United Sports Academy, Cansaulim ground, 4 p.m.
U-18 Ilhas Zone play-off: Dempo SC v. Sporting Clube de Goa, Duler ground, 4 p.m.
St Rock’s Super Soccer: Pax of Nagoa v. Raitura SC, St Rock’s ground, Majorda, 4.30 p.m.
PANJIM: Kulmaya, Bicholim scored a hard fought 3-2 victory over Usgao to clinch the glittering Ramesh Salgaocar Memorial Volleyball Trophy organized by Saipem Sports Club, Candolim at Saipem floodlight court.
Kulmaya won the first two sets 25-23, 25-19. Usgao fought back brilliantly and won the third and fourth set 29-27, and 25-22 respectively. Kulmaya had the last laugh and clinched the decider 15-11.
Pappu Dhawaskar excelled for Kulmaya while Vincent Pereira played well for Usgao.
Kulmaya received Rs 22,122 while Usgao had to be content with Rs 15,151.
Other prizes – Most promising team: St Cruz Six. Best smasher: Pappu (Kulmaya). Best all-rounder: Aaron Pereira (Usgao). Best lifter: Saish (Kulmaya). Oldest player of the tournament: Avelino Pereira (Usgao).
Superintendent of police, Bosco George was the chief guest and gave away the prizes in the presence of Suraj Morascar, guest of honour. Hugo Gonsalves, vice-president of Goa Volleyball Association, Lalita Baba Kerkar, Sandeep Bandodkar, Uday Naik, Amit and Babu Kerkar were among those present.
Earlier, the tournament was inaugurated by Revati Salgaocar, widow of Ramesh Salgaocar. John Fernandes compered and welcomed. The Goa Police Band was in attendance for the finals.
Earlier in the girls exhibition match, Arpora United defeated St Cruz Six Girls 2-0.
In all, eight teams participated.
Sporting storm into final
MARGAO: Sporting Clube de Goa beat Betalbatim Sporting Club 4-3 via the tie-breaker to storm into the final of State Under-14 football tournament at Cansualim, Thursday. The score was 1-1 at full time.
Sporting Clube surged ahead when striker Wayne Pereira bulged the net in the 14th minute.
Betalbatim made efforts to cancel the lead but the rival defenders withstood the pressure. Sporting had a couple of scoring chances but their forwards were erratic after reaching the rival danger zone.
Betalbatim goalkeeper Clerance Furtado was rock solid under the bar and pulled off a couple of saves.
After resumption, Betalbatim did well to come back into the match and in the second half midfielder Princeston Rebello put them on equal terms with a left-footed drive.
In the tie-breaker, Dhiresh Chitti, Chandra Gupta and Aaron Gomes converted for Sporting while Rosario Rebello and Jonathan Viega scored for Betalbatim.
Varca in last four
PANJIM: Varca Sports Club got the better of Merces Sports Club 1-0 to enter the semi-finals of St Rock’s Super Soccer at St Rock’s ground, Majorda, Thursday. There was no score at full time.
The all-important goal for Varca came in the eighth minute of the second half through Shelton Furtado.
On Wednesday, Curtorim Gymkhana got the better of Carmona Sports Club 1-0 in St Rock’s Super Soccer at St Rock’s ground, Majorda. There was no score at half time.
The match-winner was scored in the 50th minute.
Adarsh rout Bastora
CALANGUTE: Adarsh Yuvak Sangh routed Bastora Football Club 5-0 to move into the quarter-finals of All-Goa inter-village football tournament organized by Vailankanni Sports Club, Morjim at Morjim ground, Thursday. Paresh Morje put Adarsh ahead in the fifth minute. Rohidas Mhaloji scored two quick goals in the 18th and 21st minutes to give Adarsh a comfortable 3-0 lead at half time.
A self goal by the Bastora defense added to the misery while Shamit Rane drove the final nail into the rival coffin in the 58th minute.
St Paul cruise into final
MARGAO: St Paul Pedda blanked Young Boys of Old Trafford 2-0 to cruise into the finals of Benaulim inter-ward football tournament organized by United Club of Benaulim at Ximbumoll ground, Benaulim, Thursday. There was no score at the lemon break.
In the opening session both teams had an equal number of scoring chances but the defenders stood tall in protecting their respective citadel.
Post resumption, St Paul showed greater urgency and attacked the rival goal with well orchestrated raids. Stalin Bapitista found the success soon after resumption when he picked up the ball from Steven Baptista and slammed the it to the far corner of the net.
Spurred by the success, St Paul intensified their attacks and doubled their lead when Xamaro Rodrigues capitalized on a lapse by the rival goalkeeper bulged the net.
St Paul Pedda will now meet United Club of Benaulim on May 19.
3RD LUSOFONIA GAMES IN GOA
ACOLOP chief Alex inspects works at Bambolim, Taleigao
PANJIM: “We will have the general assembly meeting of ACOLOP tomorrow and we will let you know everything about hosting the 3rd Lusofonia Games in Goa from November 2-10 only after that,” stated president Alex Wong during his visit at the athletic track at Bambolim, Thursday.
Rozario EstibeiroACOLOP president Alex Wong being briefed on the work
in progress at the proposed indoor stadium for volleyball
and basketball for 3rd Lusofonia Games at Taleigao by
Chief Engineer J Chimulkar at Taleigao, Thursday.
Alex was accompanied by the Portuguese delegate Artur Lopes, Sri Lankan Charles Wellington, Joao Costa Alegre, Franklin Palma of Cabo Verde and the full compliment of Macau Headquarters led by Jose Tavares. ACOLOP secretary Mario Rosa arrived early morning while Brazil’s Bernard Rozjman (vice-president) and the Mozambique’s delegate were expected later today.
The delegates also visited the venue for volleyball and basketball at Taleigao. At both sites, it was Keshav Chandra who briefed the delegates.
Tennikoit at Aquem
MARGAO: The 1st South Goa Tennikoit tournament for altar girls below 13 years will be organized by St Sebastian Parish, Aquem. Details may be obtained from the church office on 2713092 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Areal prevail over Navelim
MARGAO: Hosts Sao Jose de Areal Sports Club prevailed over Navelim Villagers Union 6-3 via the tie-breaker to storm into the final of 19th Sao Jose de Areal Villagers Cup inter-village football tournament organized by Sao Jose de Areal Sports Club at Padribhat ground, Sao Jose de Areal, Thursday. Areal led 2-1 at half time.
Areal held the upper hand in the opening session and broke the deadlock in the 15th minute when striker Bersel Viegas beat his markers and bulged the net.
Stunned by the deficit, Navelim regrouped quickly and took the fight to the rival camp. They restored parity when Allister Gomes punished the rival goalkeeper with a deft placement in the 16th minute.
Stunned by the equalizer, Areal made several forays into the rival territory and took the lead in the 28th minute striker Bersel slotted past the rival goalkeeper with a snap shot.
Crossing over, Areal continue to enjoy the lion’s share of exchanges with their forwards troubling the rival defence with well orchestrated raids. Areal could have made it 3-1 but their forwards failed to beat the rival goalkeeper from an ideal position.
With time running out, Navelim Villagers went all-out and neutralized the deficit when Claude Costa beat the rival goalkeeper with a rasping shot.
In the tie-breaker, Agio Antao, Fredic Endro, Bersel Viegas and Allister Moura were on target for Areal while only Crisley Costa converted for Navelim.
Areal will now meet Curtorim Gymkahna in the final on May 19.
Sporting Clube hold Margao
Churchill, Sesa, Salgaocar register big wins
MARGAO: Sporting Clube de Goa came from behind to hold Margao Sports Club to a 2-2 draw in a GFA Taca Goa Under-20 football match at Velsao ground, Thursday.
Margao were the more aggressive of the two sides and surged ahead when Daniel D’Costa beat the rival goalkeeper with a clinical finish.
Sporting Clube tried their best but failed to beat the rival defenders.
Margao had a couple of scoring opportunities but their forwards muffed easy chance from close range.
Post resumption, Sporting Clube put up an improved display with their forwards and midfielders working in tandem to put the rival defenders under tremendous pressure. Their persistent forays materialized when Lester Martins neutralized the lead with a pile driver.
Stunned by the equalizer, Margao threatened the rival citadel with raids and took the lead again in the 66th minute when Daniel completed his brace.
Sporting Clube went all-out in the dying minutes and restored parity in the 89th minute through Pritam Singh.
At Curtorim ground, a fine hat-trick by Alesh Sawant helped Churchill Brothers to thrash Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim 3-1. Klinsman Pereira scored for Cavelossim in the 61st minute.
Meanwhile, Sesa FA thrashed Goa Velha SC 6-0 at ST Cruz ground while Salgaocar FC drubbed Vasco SC 4-0 at Tilak Maidan, Vasco.
Goa Velha down Saligao
CALANGUTE: Goa Velha Sports Club beat Saligao Sporting Club 3-1 to move into the finals of St Anthony's Cup Soccer organized by St Anthony's Sports Club, Marna, at church ground, Siolim, Thursday.
Newton put Goa Velha ahead in the 14th minute off a good move by Peter Lopes. Peter Lopes doubled the lead in the 21st minute.
Changing over, Abhijit reduced the margin for Saligao in the 45th minute while Melroy drove the final nail into the rival coffin in the 59th minute.
Goa Velha will take on Nerul Sports Club in the finals on May 12.
St Anthony up
CANACONA: St Anthony Assolda got the better of Digarpali 4-3 via the tie-breaker in 3rd Fr Bento memorial inter-village football tournament at SAG ground, Agonda-Canacona, Thursday. There was no score at full time.
Earlier, Fr Arvind Fernandes inaugurated the tournament.
9th May 2013
BMSC, Mumbai FC in MUPC finalsTEAM HERALD
MAPUSA: BMSC Taobunghkhok, Manipur will take on Mumbai Football Club in the finals of All-India under-15 Manchester United Premier League Cup football tournament at Duler Stadium, here, Thursday at 5 p.m.
The winners will represent India in the MUPC South-East Asia finals in Malaysia.
A special exhibition match will be played before the finals at 4.15 p.m. which will feature Sunil Chettri, India football team captain and Baichung Bhutia, former India football team captain and present chairman, AIFF technical committee.
In the first semi-finals, on Wednesday, Manipur registered a solitary goal victory over Air India.
Mumbai Football Club edged past Chandigarh Football Academy 4-3 via the tie-breaker in the second semi-finals. The teams were locked 1-1 after extra time.
Nike’s annual MUPC tournament that is held under the aegis of the All India Football Federation has become a strong platform in India to unearth football talent at the grass root level and to enable young footballers to get an opportunity to represent India at a global stage.
Benaulim crush Santa Cruz BoysMARGAO: A triple strike by striker Cannut Fernandes helped hosts United Club of Benaulim to rout Santa Cruz Boys 5-0 and march into the final of Benaulim inter-ward football tournament organized by United Club of Benaulim at Ximbumoll ground, Benaulim, Wednesday. UC Benaulim led 1-0 at half time.
United Club of Benaulim dominated the game and broke the deadlock soon after the kick off when striker Cannut bulged the net off a pass from Clinton Fernandes.
Post resumption, United Club of Benaulim were in full cry and they demolished the rival fragile defence with ease. Cannut doubled the lead with snap shot. Spurred by the double cushion, United Club of Benaulim galvanized the attacks and Cannut registered his hat-trick.
Clinton Fernandes, who was in the thick of action, struck twice late in the second half.
Yesterday, St Paul Pedda defeated New Era Boys 3-1.
Today's SportsTaca Goa U-20 football: Margao SC v. Sporting Clube de Goa, Velsao ground; Sesa FA v. Goa Velha SC, St Cruz ground; St Cruz Club of Cavelossim v. Churchill Bros SC, Curtorim ground; Salgaocar FC v. Vasco SC, Tilak Maidan. Kick off 4 p.m.
All-Goa U-14 play-offs: Sporting Clube de Goa v. Betalbatim SC, Cansaulim ground, 4 p.m.
Penha de Franca Soccer: Milagres SC v. Holy Cross Arambol, Sangolda panchayat ground, 4.30 p.m.
Fr Bento Martins memorial football inaugural: Dicarpale SC v. St Anthony, Assolda, SAG ground, Agonda, 4 p.m.
St Rock’s Super Soccer: Varca SC v. Merces, St Rock’s ground, Majorda, 4 .30 p.m.
Vailankanni Cup Soccer: Adarsh Yuvak Sangh v. Bastora FC, Morjim ground, 4.30 p.m.
St Anthony's Cup Soccer: Goa Velha SC v. Saligao SC, St Anthony's church ground, Marna-Siolim, 4.30 p.m.
19th Sao Jose de Areal Villagers soccer semis: Sao Jose de Areal SC v. Navelim Villagers Union, Padribhat ground, Sao Jose de Areal, 4.30 p.m.
Benaulim inter-ward soccer semis: St Paul Pedda v. Young Boys of Old Trafford, Ximbumoll ground, Benaulim, 5 p.m.
22nd late VM Salgaocar football trophy: Panchawadi, Shiroda v. Quitula SC, Saligao ground, 4. 45 p.m.
U-15 All-India MUPC football final: BMSC, Manipur v. Mumbai FC, Duler Stadium, Mapusa, 5 p.m.
SJ de Areal advancePANJIM: Sao Jose de Areal defeated Nagoa Sporting Arpora 5-3 via the tie-breaker to enter the finals of 17th Holy Cross inter-village football tournament at Vodlemoll ground, Kakoda. Areal lead 1-0 at half time.
Areal enjoyed greater amount of possession in the first session with Mario providing a stream of accurate passes to his forwards. Arpora earned a free-kick but it was blasted over the post by Mansoor Khan. Bersel Viegas put Areal ahead through a cool finish beating the goalkeeper and three defenders.
In the second half, Arpora pushed up for the equalizer but couldn't find one until the last minute when Stanley Coutinho equalized with a stunning shot.
In the tie-breaker, Aggio Antao, Fedrick Endro, Bersel Viegas and Aliston Moura were on target for Areal while Stanley Coutinho and Pankaj Kalangutkar were on target for Arpora.
Areal will face Margao Sports Club in the finals.
UC Nerul rout SiolimCALANGUTE: A fine brace by Sanket Jodhkar helped United Club of Nerul beat Siolim Sodiem Sports Club 2-0 in All-Goa inter-village football tournament organized by Vailankanni Sports Club, Morjim at Morjim ground, Wednesday.
Nerul forged ahead in the 20th minute through Sanket Jodhkar. Trailing by a goal, Sodiem tried to level the score but their forwards failed to find the net. Sanket doubled the lead in the 55th minute.
Sporting U-18 reach Ilhas finalPANJIM: Sporting Clube de Goa powered their way into the final after overcoming Sao Miguel de Taleigao 2-1 in GFA’s Under-18 semi-final (Ihas Zone) at Duler Stadium, Mapusa, Tuesday. Sporting led 1-0 at the interval.
Sporting Goa opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when Akeraj Martins controlled Jesus Estrocio’s cross and blasted in.
Twenty-two minutes into the second session, Sao Miguel was on level terms when Sanjoy Fernandes punted home.
Fourteen minutes from time, Sporting’s Joel Fernandes fed the ball nicely for Manuel Leon Fernandes and he slotted home the winner.
The Flaming Oranje Juniors will meet Dempo Sports Club in the U-18 Ilhas Zone final.
Roque inspects U-19 National football camp in MargaoPANJIM: Roque Dias, Regional Director, Sports Authority of India who is looking after the preparation and the clearance of the Indian teams for international competitions paid a visit to the Indian football team preparing to compete in the AFC qualifying under-19 tournament in Doha at the national coaching camp, Margao, Wednesday.
Roque was accompanied by Arjuna Awardee and Administrator of Sesa Academy Bramanand Sankwalkar.
Interacting with the campers, coaches, officials of the All India Football Federation Development Centre, Roque pointed out that SAI had spent around Rs 43 crore in 2012-13 for the preparation of Indian junior teams for the international competitions, out of which Rs 5.39 crore were spent for nine coaching camps and six exposures trips for football sub-juniors, juniors and youth teams.
The budget allocated this year, is Rs 309 lakh, while the federation projected the budget at Rs 16 crore. The same is under negotiation.
The boarding provided for the junior footballers is currently Rs 400 per head per day, and efforts are under consideration to raise the amount to Rs 650.
The provision for lodging of national campers is Rs 1000 per head and field of play is Rs 5,000 while travel entitlement of the campers is 2AC by train.
Roque disclosed that the campers would receive a kit of Rs 10,000 each.
Bramanand in his interaction emphasized on confidence during play and urged them to be focused on their goal, without being distracted. He urged them never to lose their cool and that nothing is impossible till the very last minute. He then gave some tips to the goalkeepers campers.
Colin Toal, India’s National coach made some requests to which Roque assured that he would definitely consider and implement the same shortly after returning to his headquarters. Lovino Goes was also present.
8th May 2013
I-LEAGUE ROLL OF HONOUR
YEAR WINNERS RUNNERS-UP
2007-08 Dempo Club Churchill Brothers
2008-09 Churchill Brothers Mohun Bagan
2009-10 Dempo Club Churchill Brothers
2010-11 Salgaocar Club East Bengal
2011-12 Dempo Club East Bengal
2012-13 Churchill Bros To be decided
National Football League: Runners-up in 1996-97, 1999-2000, 2001-02.
CHURCHILL BROS CROWNED INDIA KINGS
Varca-based club secures their second I-League title as it earned a crucial point against Kolkata’s Mohun Bagan
VASCO: Sunil Chettri’s 72nd minute equalizer against Mohun Bagan was enough for Churchill Bros to share points with Mohun Bagan in a 1-1 draw and get their hands on their second I-league title at Tilak Stadium, here, Tuesday. Bagan led 1-0 at the breather.
There were scenes of jubilation as Churchill Bros secured a hard fought point to take their overall to 52 points, which gave them the crown, even with a game to spare.
It was a game of two halves, where Bagan made Churchill to sweat, dominated the first session and surged ahead in the 27th minute through Sabeeth Sathyan but Churchill bounced back in the second and equalized through Chhettri in the 72nd minute.
Churchill fielded India captain Sunil Chhetri and Gabonese Henri Rebienot upfront while Mohun Bagan tactician Karim Bencherifa fielded captain Odafa Okolie and Sabeeth Sathyan in the striking role.
The Mariners refused to adopt a defense role, exploiting Churchill’s desperation to score early. Counter-attacks led by Quinton Jacob’s kept the home team off-balance. Bagan could have taken an early lead but Syed Nabi’s close ranger and Odafa’s powerful header were parried away by Churchill goalkeeper Sandip Nandy.
It was in the 27th minute that Bagan surged ahead after Quinton won the ball from Churchill’s Roberto Silva (Beto), who didn’t look fully fit and had a somewhat pedestrian role, and sent in a dangerous long ball to Sabeeth inside the box. The last named shot past goalkeeper Nandy before skillfully dribbling past Ravanan.
At the half hour mark, Odafa was replaced by Manish Bhargav following an injury.
Churchill began on an attacking note in the second session but found it hard to get into the rival territory.
At the other end, Nabi squandered a golden opportunity to double his team’s lead after he ballooned over from hand-shaking distance off a flag-kick from Denson Devdas.
Churchill tried hard in search of the equalizer and when Chhetri moved swiftly inside the Bagan box in the 54th minute, it looked as if he would score but the India international’s stiff grounder went inches wide with only Bagan goalkeeper Shilton Paul at his mercy.
Subsequently, Beto’s powerful half volley, in the 58th minute, which was blocked by the rival goalkeeper was the Brazillian’s last action as he made way for Balal Arezou. The Afghan International was quick to make his presence felt with quick passes which increased the tempo of the game and kept the Bagan defenders on their toes. In fact, it was Balal who changed the entire complexion of the proceedings thereafter.
Churchill’s well orchestrated raids paid dividend in the 72nd minute after Chhetri leaped over the rival defenders and headed in a well-measured floater by Denzil Franco, much to the cheers of the jam-packed supporters numbering over 6,000, which was the biggest ever.
In the final quarter, Churchill defenders Ravanan, Denzil, Satish Singh and Tamba Lamine worked tirelessly to restrain the rival attacks.
Syed Nabi was adgjudged most valuable player for his performance.
The teams sides rallied on in the final few minutes despite cramps to players from both sides hampering the game's progress on quite a few occasions. But it well went as per the script and Churchill Brothers held on to be crowned champions of India for the second time.
Towards the end, there was a minor dispute as Bhowmick tried to send in a substitute and Churchill ordering manager Denzie to the contrary, which saw Bhowmick hitting some water bottles before retiring to the dressing room.
Chief Secretary B Vijayan gave away the glittering new trophy to Churchill Bros captain Ravanan in the presence of AIFF CEO Sunando Dar, who flew in from New Delhi with the glittering trophy this morning, Govt secretary Mathews Samuel, India coach Wim Koeverman.
Churchill in seventh heaven
VASCO: Churchill Bros chairman, Churchill Alemao was delighted that his club had won the prestigious National football title in front of the home supporters.
“I feel proud to win the I-League for the second time and winning on home soil makes it more special. Bagan tried their best to spoil our party but God was with us. The players and coaching staff have to be credited for their performance throughout the season. Even after playing in the AFC Cup, they kept their focus on the I-League,” said Alemao.
Churchill felt that the cash prize of Rs 70 lakh, should be raised to Rs five crore as the players will now start demanding better contracts, incentives and the pressure of retaining a champion team.
"The prize money is not enough to cover one of the top player's salary," said Alemao who raised the salary of the players in Goa but is now feeling the pinch.
"Leading teams in the I-League spend anywhere between Rs 12-16 crore annually and I feel that AIFF should enhance the winners prize money to Rs 5 crore.”
Alemao predicted better days ahead for Indian football and felt the possible direct entry of two new clubs in the I-League could be a game-changer.
“I think this is the best team ever and I hope they keep on performing creditably always. We had the perfect balance of youth and experience which thankfully worked out very well for us,” stated Churchill Bros’ CEO Valanka Alemao.
Meanwhile, captain Ravanan was all-smiles lifting his first I-League Trophy. “This is my first I-League title and winning it as a captain makes it very special”, shouted Ravanan to make his point as the party had just begun.
Meanwhile, GFA’s vice-president Lavinio Rebello, Savio Messias, Arjuna Awardee Brahmanand Sancoalcar, Anthony Fernandes of Manora Youth Club Raia congratulated Churchill Bros on their excellent performance which proved once again that it’s Goa which is the mecca of Indian football. “Kudos to Churchill Bros for topping the League, thus making Goa proud,” they added.
GFA’s vice-president Elvis Gomes, Schubert Furtado, Alirio Lobo, Anthony Pango, Babli Mandrekar, Savio Messias, Lawrence Gomes, Prakash Naik, AIFF’s ex-general secretary Alberto Colaco were among those who witnessed the crucial match.
PANJIM: Much before the crucial Churchill Bros and Mohun Bagan I-League match could kick off in Vasco, Joaquim Alemao tendered his resignation as the president of the Varca-based club.
Joaquim’s absence at the match was felt by several fans, who thought that he was away in Malaysia. The reason for his resignation was not known.
Chhetri emerges Churchill’s saviour
My players are my God: Bhowmick
PANJIM: Hail Sunil Chhetri, the India captain who scored that precious equalizer against Kolkata’s Mohun Bagan when the team was down 0-1 which ultimately gave Churchill Bros that single point they so much needed to emerge India champions at Tilak Stadium, Vasco, Tuesday. If it was not for today’s draw, Churchill would have had to wait for the next match against Air India in Pune on May 12, needing a draw at least to lift the crown. That match now assumes academic importance.
OVERJOYED: Captain Ravanan, Sunil Chhetri, Beto,
Denzil Franco, Denzie Ferrao in rapture the moment
Churchill Bros grabbed the vital point which gave
Churchill Bros the I-League title.
“The best part is that he always scored crucial goals, very crucial ones. He scored when we needed him to score. That makes him important,” stated technical director Subash Bhowmick.
“The fact that he hadn’t played enough matches for Sporting Lisbon had dented his confidence. I told him repeatedly not to forget that he was the captain of our country. It was not without reason that he wore the armband while others didn’t. I told him to believe in his technical abilities and continue playing,” disclosed Bhowmick.
“I had to convince him that for the sake of Churchill Bros. He had to play the role of a game maker and play from behind. His ability with the ball helped him adjust quickly.”
“This time in Churchill, I never dreamt of winning the I-League. It was at best a middle-class family. But team work elevated us to the aristocrat level. Prior to the season when I told about my players, people found it hard to recollect who most were. But here we are, the I-League Champions, 2012-13,” declared the Kolkata technician, who at the very start never believed that Churchill Bros would become champs.
“Fitness and sticking together stayed my philosophy. In fact, that has stayed my belief all throughout. Football is a team game. Right from the top to the bottom level, everyone has to share the workload and work sincerely. If they try to give the best which they have, results are bound to come. We win together; we lose together,” has been Bhowmick’s philosophy.
On roping in Tomba Singh and Sandip Nandy who possibly had past their prime, Bhowmick said: “Quality never dies. I knew if I was able to show them their path, motivate them and able to bring them back to their fitness level which had once had made them household names, they would be assets. And they did!”
On the secret of creating an instant connect with players, the Kolkatan voiced: “I will always believe till my death bed that my players are my God. They are my strength, they are my weakness. I need to instill in them a belief, the belief that I am a part of you. If we sink, we sink together; if we win, we win together. My players are more important than anyone else.”
On being asked on what went through his mind as a couple of crucial players left midway into the season, he replied: “It was a very difficult phase after Bilal (Najjarine) and Akram (Moghrabi) left midway into the season. To be honest, both of their departure hit us. Add to that the injuries which hit Beto. But again, my players stood by me and for the team. Each and everyone took additional responsibility. We roped in Sunil Chhetri and Afghan International Belal Arezou during the break. And they settled in fast.”
On the current I-league, Bhowmick opined that no side was willing to give the other a single inch without fighting. “The championship battle went down to the wire. There were three teams who could have won it. It was a very tense battle indeed. Now the battle is for the second, runners-up berth
Goa Velha in finals: Nerul up
CALANGUTE: Goa Velha Sports Club prevailed over PVC Association, Parra 4-1 via the tie-breaker to book their place in the finals of 5th Saligao United Cup All-Goa inter- village football tournament organized by Saligao United at Dr Gustavo Monteiro Stadium, Candolim, Tuesday.
Parra could have taken the lead in the 10th minute but Goa Velha keeper Anthony rose to the occasion fisting away a try from Virgilio Lobo.
Goa Velha came close to scoring in the 15th minute but Parra keeper Rohan Pinto came to his side's rescue fisting away Roydon Camilo’s shot for an abortive corner.
Changing over, the teams tried to score but their forwards missed a couple of scoring opportunities. Parra's Atish Mirajkar try hit the crossbar and went out of play in the 40th minute while Virgilio’s try sailed inches over the bar.
The winners were decided on penalties. Sidroy Afonso, Melroy D'Silva, Roydon Camilo and Joseph Rodrigues converted for Goa Velha while only Virgilio Lobo could find the net for the losers. Goa Velha now lock horns with Nerul SC in the finals on May 11.
In St Anthony's Cup soccer, organized by St Anthony's Sports Club, Marna, at church ground, Siolim, Tuesday, Nerul Sports Club scored a solitary goal victory over Milagres Sports Club to move into the semi- finals.
Nerul began on an attacking note and forged ahead in the 11th minute through Ritesh Gaonkar off a corner. Stung by the reverse, Milagres went all out in search of tthe equalizer but their forwards failed to find the net. Oswino of Milagres was declared man-of-the-match for his tireless efforts.
17th Holy Cross inter-village football semis: Sao Jose De Areal v. Nagoa Sporting Arpora, Vodlemoll ground, Kakoda, 4.30 p.m.
24th St Rock Super Soccer: Curtorim Gymkhana v. Carmona SC, Majorda ground, 4.30 p.m.
Penha de Franca soccer: St Savio Calangute v. Candolim SC, Sangolda panchayat ground, 4.30 p.m.
Benaulim interward soccer semis: United Club, Benaulim v. Santa Cruz Boys, Ximbumoll ground, Benaulim, 5 p.m.
Vailankanni Cup soccer: United Club of Nerul v. Siolim Sodiem SC, Morjim ground, 4.30 p.m.
22nd late V M Salgaocar football: Nerul SC v. Parish Youth Vagator, Saligao ground, 4.45 p.m.
Medeira robbed in Malaysia
MARGAO: Former India international and national team's assistant coach Savio Medeira has been robbed of all his belongings including passport in a Kuala Lumpur hotel, informed family sources.
The incident took place on Monday, when Medeira, who is currently holidaying in Malaysian capital, came to his room only to find that his passport, foreign exchange and other documents were missing.
Medeira later lodged a complaint with a local police station and then made a call to the All India Football Federation, who in turn contacted the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) headquarter in Kuala Lumpur.
Medeira, now has asked his travel agent in Goa to make the necessary arrangements to fly him to Goa and is expected to reach here on May 9.
Fr Agnel ahead
PANJIM: Fr Agnel Paroda beat Parish Youth of Nuvem 3-2 to enter the quarter-finals of 24th St Rock Super Soccer at Majorda ground.Melwyn Fernandes, Milton D’Costa, Macroy Lima scored for Paroda. Jerose Oliveira and Jose Colaco netted for Nuvem.
PANJIM: Sporting Clube de Goa beat Clube sao Miguel de Taleigao 2-1 in a GFA U-18 play-off match, Tuesday.
PANJIM: Curtorim Gymkhana defeated Margao Sports Club to enter the finals of 17th Holy Cross inter-village football tournament organized by Holy Cross Sports Club at Vodlemoll ground, Kakoda.
Curtorim started on an attacking note. In the 10th minute however, Olvito Dias of Margao found his shot striking the crossbar. In a couple of minutes Margao went ahead with Francis Anrade finding the net.
Within a few minutes, Francis had another shy at the goal but it was kept out by goalkeeper Custodio.
Francis kept on threatening with his long range strikes while Danny Dias saw his shot being deflected off Bruno Fernandes.
In the second half, Curtorim pressed hard, earning two corner kicks but without success. Later, Margao’s Danny Dias found his volley going over the post.
Sertorio Monteiro of Curtorim missed an open chance heading the ball over the post from close. They were unlucky as Bruno hit the crossbar and then Mario missed the target.
ACOLOP delegation coming today
PANJIM: An 11-member delegation from ACOLOP headed by its president Alex Wong will arrive here tomorrow for a 2-day general assembly starting on Thursday to take stock of the preparations for the 3rd Lusofonia Games to be held in Goa in November.
ACOLOP secretary Mario Rosa of Angola, vice-president Franklin Palma of Mozambique will be part of the delegation which will deal with the report prepared by the Coordination Committee which inspected the ongoing works last month and is expected to give its final say on the conduct of the Games in Goa.
Games CEO and sports secretary Keshav Chandra will make a presentation on the current status of the ongoing works concerned with the infrastructure for hosting the events.
“The delegation will basically review the progress of the works being undertaken by the Government besides also considering the report by the working group from Macau and Brazil which inspected the works last month,” stated GOA secretary Gurudatta Bhakta.
The delegation will also have a support team from the ACOLOP headquarters based in Macau.
7th May 2013
D-Day for Churchill Bros
Bhowmick calls for extreme caution as they are just a point away
PANJIM: Churchill Bros are on course to win the I-League title this season, but they will have to overcome the challenge of Kolkata’s Mohun Bagan in their penultimate I-League match at Tilak stadium, Vasco on Tuesday (tomorrow) at 6.30 p.m.
There is no room for complacency and Technical Director Subhash Bhowmick called for extreme caution ahead of what is sure to be a clash where they can pocket the I-League title.
Churchill Bros need just a draw against Mohun Bagan, but Bhowmick feels any plans for celebrations need to be kept on hold.
“We still have a job to do. We still need one point and remember we are playing a difficult opponent in Mohun Bagan,” said Bhowmick.
Bhowmick’s apprehension ahead of the penultimate clash is understandable but almost everyone else believes that the title is there in Churchill’s pocket. Churchill defeated Mohun Bagan 2-0 in the away clash and playing in front of the home crowd should work to their advantage.
“I have told the team very clearly that they cannot afford to take anything lightly,” said Bhowmick.
Bhowmick will, however, be gladdened by the availability of the entire squad. Brazilian midfielder Roberto Mendes da Silva has recovered fully from a thigh strain and will start the game.
The return of the Brazilian midfielder means Bhowmick could revert to a two-striker formation with Sunil Chhetri and Gabonese striker Henri Arnaud leading the strikeforce.
Mohun Bagan coach Karim Bencherifa is comparatively relaxed as his primary aim of saving relegation has been achieved.
When the team kicked off his campaign with nothing in its kitty, there were doubts all around but Bencherifa’s side has responded well to haul themselves out of the relegation zone.
“This is the first match after a long time where the pressure is not on us but the opposition. This is a match where Churchill have all the pressure and we will play with a free mind,” said Bencherifa.
“In a way, this is good for us. I am expecting the team to play good football. Definitely, there is pride at stake for us and we want to improve our position on the points table,” said the Moroccan coach.
UC Benaulim in 2nd round
MARGAO: United Club, Benaulim swamped St Sebastean Union 3-0 and advance into the second round of Benaulim inter-ward football tournament organized by United Club of Benaulim at Ximbumoll ground, Benaulim, Monday. They led 2-0 at the breather.
Benaulim dominated putting the rival defence under tremendous pressure. Sitabai broke the deadlock in the 15th minute with a snap shot. They doubled the lead with Santan Kodkodi scoring with a stiff grounder.
Clinton Fernandes rounded off the tally.
Merces Club enter quarters
PANJIM: Merces SC moved into the quarter-finals of 24th St Rock Super Soccer Cup defeating Panchwadi United 3-2 at Majorda ground. Panchwadi were leading 1-0 at the break
Nakul wins Pernem chess
PANJIM: Following are the results of first Pernem taluka level rapid chess tournament at Lokshikshan HS, Dhargal, Pernem. Nakul P Kadam (1st), Sidhi Mayekar (2nd), Bansi D Kudav (3rd), Deep P Kadam (4th), Anand Patekar (5th), Sneha S Parsekar (6th), Ekxita Patekar (7th), Tuukaram P Shetye(8th), Vivekanand S Parsekar (9th), Subhash Kamalkar (10th). Special prize U-11 Vidhi Gawde and Saurav Naik. U-15 Adarsh Patekar.
Leon in joint 2nd place
PANJIM: Leon Mendonca moved to joint second position collecting seven points after the eighth round at 27th National U-7 open and girls chess championship in Pune.
He defeated Prajal Koli (1138). Leon will play Aditya Mittal in the next round. Suyash Pai is on five points, Pratik Borkar on four, Vernon Colaco on 3.5 points. In girls section, Sanvi Naik Gaonkar is on five points, Alaya D'Cruz on 4.5 points, Stuti Pai on four.
St Anne’s, Good Success ahead
PANJIM: St Anne’s, Ponda and Our Lady of Good Success Nagoa, Verna qualified for the semi-finals of 4th Nivia All- Goa Altar Severs Sports Festival at Saligao Seminary ground. St Anne’s beat Our Lady of Mae De Deus (Corjuem) 3-0 (Samuel 2, Joshua D’Silva), beat Our Lady of Gloria (Varca) 3-0 (Joshua, Melbourne, Seban). Our Lady of Good Success beat St Michael’s (Anjuna) 4-1 (Cyrus 2, Mison, Joseph. Bob), beat Holy Cross (Baradi) 4-3 (Cyrus 2, Mison 2. Ralph, Magson). Holy Cross (Baradi) beat Saviour of the World Loutolim 4-1 (Ralph, Hayden, Magson, Clitrus. Valburn).
Our Lady of Mae De Deus (Corjuem) played a goalless draw with Our Lady of Gloria (Varca), Saviour of the World Loutolim drew with St. Michael’s (Anjuna) 1-1 (Joyson. Alrich).
Girls throwball: St Thomas (Aldona), Holy Trinity (Arpora), St Lawrence (Agasaim), St Joseph (Shiroda), OL Queen of Martyrs (Assolna), OL Mother of the Poor (Tilamol), OL Socorro (Carmona), St Sebastian (Aquem). Fr Derick Fernandes, Fr Thomas spoke.
Beach volleyball at Baina
VASCO: The GO1 News and Entertainment Channel, Vasco in association with Mormugao Union of Journalists, Baina Parish Youth Association and Mormugao and Vasco Citizens Forum will organize for the first time four-a-side All-Goa Beach Volleyball at Baina beach from May 24-26 from 5 p.m. Cash prizes, trophies will be awarded.
Details may be obtained from Andrew Alvares, president Mormugao and Vasco Citizens Forum on 9823161637 or Elvino Araujo on 9822175904.
Volleyball tourney at Cuncolim
PANJIM: Cuncolim Union in association with Goa Volleyball Association will organize their 1st All-Goa inter-village and inter-ward Cuncolim constituency volleyball tournament from May 16 to 19 at Kaita, near bus stand, Cuncolim from 7.30 p.m. Rs 30,000, Rs 20,000, Rs 10,000 (all-Goa) and individual prizes will be awarded. Rs 4,000, Rs 3,000 will be awarded for the inter-ward event.
Teams may contact Vishnu Dessai on 9421247434 or Prakash Dessai on 9673429992.
The inter-ward tourney will be played on May 16 while the all-Goa even will start on May 17.
‘Victory will be a perfect Silver Jubilee gift’
PANJIM: “It has been a superb team effort all this while and we hope and pray the players would continue in the same vein as Churchill Bros take on Mohun Bagan in an I-league match tomorrow to ensure that the Indian football crown remains in Goa,” stated the team’s CEO Valanka Alemao, Monday.
“A victory will be like the icing on the cake as this is the team’s Silver Jubilee Year. The team has international flair and experience, it’s a blend of mature seniors who have been a guiding force for our youngsters. We lost some key players during the course of the strenuous League but we have been blessed with good material and then it has been tactician Subash Bhowmick who steered the team back on the right course after some midterm hiccups,” explained the three-year-old CEO of the club, the first lady heading the club operations at the I-League level.
“We have to reinforce that it is Goa and not Kolkata the mecca of Indian football. I cannot single out any player for praise because it has been a wonderful team work. Each and every player gave their best and I am sure they will go that extra mile tomorrow. We lost three key players and many thought we were finished. But we bounced back, thanks to the supreme efforts of the players who have given their life for the club,” Valanka told the National DD Sports Channel today.
“Bhowmick is the one who made a world of difference after he joined the club. He has been a fatherly figure to the players, he has been very skillful at that and has shaped them into a splendid combination. Then, we have our head coach Mariano Dias who has also played his role well. Both have done exceedingly well and I am sure Bhowmick is aiming at the second title after he had won it with East Bengal in 2003,” remarked Valanka, who feels that more women should join in club football management which in turn would bring more ladies to the venues for the matches.
President Churchill Alemao said: “I have full faith in this team and with God’s help, the boys will give their best and get full three points as it will be a great feeling to win before our home fans and spectators. Don’t forget, football is the official game of Goa.”
Patron Savio Alemao opined that the boys were fully geared to put on a superlative showing. “We had many injuries in the past, but the bench revealed in their strength when it mattered the most. My appeal to the fans and supporters to turn up in large numbers and support the team.”
India captain Sunil Chettri who will spearhead the attack, praised the team’s unity which has been the most important factor. “The team does not have too many big names, but the way the boys jelled together and played as one unit has helped us to be where we are at the moment. We have always played well at home and the boys know the importance of tomorrow’s match and as such we will surely play to win.”
A victory tomorrow will throw in lot of celebrations but the big bash is slated for May 16, when Churchill turns 63.
Sporting draw with Salgaocar
MAPUSA: Salgaocar Football Club held Sporting Clube de Goa to a 2-2 draw in a GFA under-20 Taca Goa First Division football league match at Duler Stadium, here, Monday.
Surprisingly, both match commissioner and fourth match official were absent.
Salgaocar, who were already crowned champions in their previous match with six consecutive wins, were handed their first draw to take their tally to 19 points with the final round yet to be played.
On the other hand, this was Sporting’s fourth draw which takes them to 10 points from seven outings.
Salgaocar coach Joaquim Crasto fielded Sunny Fernandes and Albino Pereira upfront while Sporting coach Severino Fernandes started with Xavier Dias and Akshay Shirvaikar in the striking role.
The Green Brigade dominated right from the word go and it looked like they would score but efforts from Rayman Fernandes, Allwyn Fernandes and Sunny missed the target narrowly.
Sunny squandered a golden opportunity to put Salgaocar into the lead in the 21st minute after Sporting defender Constancio Rodrigues failed to clear a long ball. Sunny, however, shot out with Sporting goalkeeper Razak Devsor being out of position.
Salgaocar continued to keep their rivals on toes and surged ahead at the half hour mark. Rayman’s dangerous cross from the right flank sailed over both, the rival defenders and goalkeeper Razak and it found Godfrey Silva, who controlled it well to slot home in the empty goal.
Sporting strikers were kept at bay by the strong rival defence. Their best chance to equalize came before the half time but Lesten Martins’ powerful header sailed inches over off a flag-kick from Akshay.
Sporting head coach, Oscar Bruzon was present in the stands and spoke to the team at half time and The Flaming Oranje took on the field with a renewed sense of purpose.
Xavier used his quick feet making a promising run down the left flank to send a low cross to Lesten, who however, could not get a neat touch to the ball.
Subsequently, Sporting equalized in the 55th minute after Lesten hammered in from close range off a Pritham Ningthoujam’s floater.
In the 80th minute, Salgaocar scored their second goal through substitute Aston Oliveira, who shot past the rival goalkeeper with a deft placement.
With six minutes to go for the normal time, Akshay restored parity for sporting with a close ranger that beat Salgaocar goalkeeper Albino Gomes.
Dempo edge past Margao; Sesa trounce Cavelossim
MARGAO: Dempo Sports Club defeated Margao Sports Club 2-1 in a GFA Taca Goa under-20 football match at Velsao ground, Monday. Dempo led 1-0 at the breather.
Dempo held the upper hand in the opening session and took the lead in the 31st minute when Michael D’Silva bulged the net.
Post resumption, Dempo continued in the same vein and doubled the lead in the 47th minute with Nickson Castana being the scorer.
Stunned by the double blows, Margao hit back and Dempo defender Adney in trying to avert the danger put the ball into his own net in the 61st minute.
At DSYA ground, Curtorim, Sesa Football Academy thrashed Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim 3-0.
Narrow win for Air India
MAPUSA: Air India registered a solitary goal victory over Mumbai Football Club in the finals of South-West zone under-15 All-India Manchester United Premier Cup football tournament at Sirsaim ground, Sirsaim.
In the first semi-final, Air India got the better of Narmada Sporting Football Club, MP 2-0 while Mumbai FC thumped Salgaocar Football Club 3-1 in the second semi-final.
Air India will now take on South-East zone runners-up BMSC Taobunghkhok, Manipur in the All-India semi-finals while South-East zone winners, Chandigarh Football Academy will clash against Mumbai FC in the second semi-finals at Duler Stadium, here, on Wednesday.
Nagoa squeeze past Rossman Cruz
CURCHOREM: Nagoa Sporting Arpora defeated Rossman Cruz Nagoa 4-3 via the tie-breaker to enter the semi-finals of 17th Holy Cross inter-village soccer tournament at Vodlemoll ground, Kakoda. There was no score at full time.
Franky Abranches effected a couple of breath-taking saves for Nagoa preventing Amir from scoring.
In the second half, Pramod missed two easy chances for Arpora. Rupesh, the custodian of Arpora missed to collect a rival’s try but defender Raghuvir came to his side’s rescue. In the dying minutes, Franky saved a shot from Shubham.
In the tie-breaker, Bazileo Rego, Santan Rego and Stanley Pereira scored for Rossman Cruz Nagoa while Savio Pereira, Stanley Coutinho, Punaji Kalangutkar and Harish Dickstein were on target for Arpora.
Saligao Sporting move into semis
CALANGUTE: Saligao Sporting Club scored a solitary goal victory over Penha de Franca to move into the semi-finals of St Anthony's Cup 2013 football tournament organized by St Anthony's SC, Marna, at church ground, Siolim, Monday.
After a goalless first half, Trevor Dias put Saligao ahead in the 40th minute. Penha went all out in search of the equaliser but a goal eluded them.
Trevor Dias was declared man-of-the-match.
Chinchinim, Chandor centres opened
MARGAO: Star goalkeeper of yesteryears, Benzinho Fernandes inaugurated the Chandor Grassroots Development Centre at Chandor church ground, Monday.
In all, 30 boys have enrolled at the centre which will have Marino Dias, Christopher Fernandes as coaches and Derrick Braganza Pereira as administrator.
Earlier, Armando Colaco opened the Chinchinim Grassroots Football Development Centre under Salcete Grassroots Football Development programme.
Armando Colaco asked the trainees to emulate the example of Chinchinim’s Mauricio Afonso who captained the India team and donned India colours for several years.
Bro. James Marcus, chairman of the Grassroots Project, Felipe Neri Rodrigues, president of CRC Chinchinim, spoke. Joe Dias, president of Salcete FC, welcomed and later, proposed the vote of thanks.
Felix Barreto and Oscar D’Costa, secretary of Sirlim SC are the centre administrators and Mathew Pereira, Wilson Fernandes, David Rebelo and Osley Cardoso the coaches.
Tomorrow, the 9th centre will be inaugurated at Padribath ground, Sao Jose de Areal at 4 p.m. It is being promoted by Sao Jose de Areal Club and is sponsored by Salgaocar Football Club.
5th May 2013
Dempo, East Bengal share spoils
Curtains fall on the Red and Gold brigade’s title hopes
VASCO: East Bengal should have won the match but a determined Dempo staged a splendid rally to almost snatch full points in an exciting 2-2 draw in an I-League match at Tilak Maidan, Vasco, Saturday. East Bengal led 1-0 at the lemon break.
|COMING THROUGH: The players of Dempo SC and |
East Bengal in action in their I-League match at
Tilak Maidan, Vasco, Saturday.
While East Bengal held sway over the proceedings in the first session when they took the lead, Dempo were the more dominant in the second half when they not only equalized but also took the lead only to surrender it later.
East Bengal began the match in whirlwind fashion pushing Dempo on the back foot during the opening quarter with their foreign strike duo of Edeh Chidi and Orji Penn ripping through the porous left with ease. They deservedly took the lead in the 15th minute when Orji weaved in from the right and played the ‘wall’ with Edeh slicing open the Dempo defence and then placing his shot past Subhashish under the Dempo bar.
With Peter Carvalho and Godwin Franco unable to assert themselves in the midfield, the Dempo forwards, Koko and Sueoka, were compelled to fall back to assist them. Sueoka probably had the best chance to equalize for Dempo in the closing stages of the first half, but Uga Okpara was at hand to deny him with a lunging block deflecting Sueoka attempt for an abortive corner.
The second half saw a complete transformation in the Dempo side. They looked angry and hungry – going for the ball with a determination missing in the first session. Godwin Franco began to control the midfield and substitute Joy Ferrao’s pace began to find space on the left to send in crosses which caused a fair bit of concern in the East Bengal ranks.
Two minutes into the second half and Sueoka was brought down midway into the East Bengal half. Godwin curled the resultant free kick nicely into the box and Joy Ferrao saw his downward header beat the lanky Gurpreet Singh under the East Bengal bar at his near post. In the scramble Dempo medio Peter Carvalho crashed into the upright opening up a gash on his cheek.
Play was held up for a few minutes with the medical team scrambling to assist the injured player who was ultimately shifted by ambulance to SMRC where he is reported to be convalescing.
The goal spurred Dempo on and with the vociferous support from the stands, they began to assert themselves, particularly in the vital midfield. Substitute John Menyongar and Godwin lorded over the midfield and though a goal looked imminent, it came from a very unlikely source. The diminutive John made the most of a fortuitous deflection, controlling the ball well and taking advantage of some loose marking beat Gurpreet all ends up with a neat grounder from the edge of the box.
Substitute Andrew Barisic almost scored off his first touch. Edeh Chidi, with his body feints and intelligent passes, was a constant thorn in the Dempo defence and was quite disappointed with the poor finishing from his compatriots. On the few occasions, when he himself had a go at goal, he was denied by the athletic Subhashish under the Dempo bar.
Midway into the second half, East Bengal substitute Andrew Barisic almost equalized off his first touch but with only the keeper to beat, he sliced his header wide off a pinpoint cross from Edeh Chidi.
It was the other East Bengal substitute Ashfaq Ahmed, who took advantage of the confusion in the Dempo defence which expected the referee to blow the whistle for a push at Cresson, to play a neat one two with Edeh Chidi and beat the hapless Subhashish with a fierce drive from the box.
Gowin Franco, who was adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the Match, was also cautioned by referee C.R. Srikrishna for dangerous play.
Salcete Grassroots Programme
Give me land, you get football academy: Tawadkar
MARGAO: “Give me land and I’will make provision for a football academy,” Sports Minister Ramesh Tawadkar told Labour and Fisheries Minister Avertano Furtado at the twin functions – conclusion of Navelkarancho Ekvot’s summer football camp and launching of Salcete FC’s Grassroots programme at Sinquetim, Navelim, Saturday.
“The Government has made provision for launching five academies in various disciplines in the State and if you can indicate suitable land for the same in Navelim, I promise that you will have a football academy,” replied Tawadkar to a request from Avertano, who was instrumental in holding the football camp which was attended by a record number of 180 boys.
Avertano, in his turn, quickly pointed out that land was available at Davorlim. That’s when Tawadkar assured that the football academy would be located there. Function over, Avertano led Tawadkar to Davorlim for a site visit, as he would waste no time in grabbing the unique opportunity.
The trainees at the 15-day camp conducted by coaches Francis Fernandes, Alexandre Alvares, Domnic Cabral, Alfredo Mascarenhas, Anthony Lobo with Diogo Diniz being the guide, were provided with equipment by the Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs which was distributed by Tawadkar, Avertano, Benjamin D’Silva, MLA, Alberto Colaco, Bro James, chairman of Salcete’s Grassroots Project, Brahmanand Sancoalcar, Victor Vaz of Special Olympics Bharat in the presence of Aquem Baixo sarpanch Deepa Naik, Navelim sarpanch Franky Fernandes, Telaulim sarpanch Duarte Pires, Schubert Furtado of GFA and others.
In all, 50 sessions were planned from 4 to 6 p.m. daily for boys under-14 which covered running with ball, ball control, passing and supporting, dribble on demand, shooting, ball possession, thrown-in tactics, goalkeeping, defending, attacking, laws of the game, nutrition and injuries. Formally the camp will conclude on May 6 with the camp evaluation.
Both Tawadkar as well as Avertano pleaded that discipline was important and that pursuing an educational career had to be given its due along with football, which also offers several avenues in life. Tawadkar complimented Avertano for organizing the camp with such a big number of participants and said that even if there were more boys he would provide the necessary kit, as he pointed out that Avertano was a great goalkeeper in his young days.
“The Grassroots will be a year-round project with the curriculum developed by Salcete FC being followed,” stated Schubert who coordinated the programme.
Tilamol Centre inaugurated
PANJIM: The Tilamol Centre promoted by Tilamol Youth Sports Club was inaugurated by Fr. Benjamin Victoria, assistant parish priest of Tilamol Church, in the presence of Amol Kanekar, councillor of Quepem Municipality at Government Sports Complex, Boremol, Quepem, Friday.
This is the fourth centre to be opened under the Salcete Grassroots Football Development Programme.
|The budding footballers alongwith the dignitaries at |
Government Sports Complex, Boremol, Quepem, Friday.
Thirty-eight children reported on the first day of training. Prajot Shirodkar, Peregrin Lima and Vailabh D Naik, the coaches attached to the centre took up the training sessions under the guidance of Armando Colaco, Marcus Pacheco and Mauricio Afonso.
Adv. John Fernandes welcomed. The project coordination committee chairman Bro. James Marcus, Fr Benjamin, Kanekar and Armando Colaco also spoke. The centre administrator Milagres Carvalho proposed the vote of thanks.
The fifth centre under the Salcete Grassroots Football Development Progamme will be inaugurated at Sinquetim ground, Navelim on Saturday, at 4 p.m. On Sunday, the sixth centre will be opened at panchayat ground, Raia, at 4.30 p.m.
Karimabad clinch Bandodkar Trophy
PANJIM: Karimabad Cricket Club thrashed Sunny Sports Club by six wickets to emerge champions of 50th Bandodkar Trophy T20 cricket tournament organized by Panjim Gymkhana at GCA ground, Porvorim.
|CUT ABOVE THE REST: The players of Karimabad |
Cricket Club receiving the 50th Bandodkar Trophy from
Manoj Caculo in the presence of Rajesh Khaunte,
Sanjay Pednekar and Prashant Kakode at
GCA ground, Porvorim.
Sunny won the toss and elected to bat. They were bundled out for a meager 95 in 19 overs. Amol Nilgude was the wrecker-in-chief picking up 5/17. He was well supported by Santosh Upadhya (2/18), Naresh Parsekar (2/5) and Puspashl Desai (1/17). Satyan Balekar 12, Siddesh Amonka 17, Rajan Dhamshekar 10 and Nitesh Naik 24 were the top-scorers for Sunny.
In reply, Karimabad overhauled the target in just 12 overs for the loss of just four wickets. Rajesh Vaigankar 60 not out, Puspashil Desai 16, Damodar Redkar 13 and Bharat Arkas 11 were the top scorers for Karimabad. Suraj Sawal 3/15 and Rohan Shetty 1/26 picked up the wickets for Sunny.
Other prizes – Man-of-the-series: Nilkant Narvekar (Sunny). Man-of-the-match: Amol Nilgude (Karimabad). Best bowler: Rohan Shetty (Sunny). Best batsmen: Rajesh Vaigankar (Karimabad).
Manoj Caculo, president of Panjim Gymkhana was the chief guest. Rajesh A Khaunte, secretary Sanjay Pednekar and Prashant Kakode were among those present.
Guirim edge out Calangute
MAPUSA: Guirim Youth and Cultural Sports Club got the better of Calangute Association 5-4 via the tie-breaker in 22nd late VM Salgaocar trophy football tournament organized by Saligao Sporting Club at Saligao ground, Saturday. The teams were locked 1-1 at full time.
Olvinho Pinto put Guirim ahead in the 24th minute with a powerful strike.
Calangute regrouped in the second session and equalized through Francisco Fernandes in the 55th minute.
In the tie-breaker, Yogesh, Nikhil, Joaquim and Shubham scored for Guirim while Albert, Francisco and Sarvananda converted for Calangute.
Goa Velha edge past Siolim
CALANGUTE: Goa Velha Sports Club edged past Football Club of Siolim 5-4 via the tie-breaker to move into the semi-finals of St Anthony's Cup football organized by St Anthony's Sports Club, Marna, at church ground, Siolim, Saturday.
Chatur Naik put Goa Velha ahead in the 10th minute. Siolim fought back and drew level in the 25th minute through Mukund.
Changing over, a self goal saw Goa Velha regain the lead which was neutralized by Sangam Pednekar in the 50th minute when he converted a penalty which was awarded to them by the referee when Sidroy handled the ball in the danger zone.
In the resultant tie-breaker, Newton, Melroy and Joseph scored for Goa Velha while Mukund and Steven found the net for Siolim.
Nerul move into semis
CALANGUTE: Nerul Sports Club prevailed over Holiday Club Arpora 4-2 via the tie-breaker to move into the semi-finals of 5th Saligao United Cup All-Goa inter-village football tournament organized by Saligao United at Dr Gustavo Monteiro Stadium, Candolim, Saturday. The score was 1-1 at full time.
Arpora could have taken the lead in the second minute but a Stanley Coutinho try missed the target by a whisker off a Kalpesh Naik corner. Stanley made amends for his earlier miss and scored in the 15th minute off Pramod Mardolkar. Down by a goal, Nerul went all-out in search of the equalizer and were lucky to draw level in the dying minutes through Ritesh who headed home a Mukund corner.
In the tie-breaker, Avinash Shirodker, Deepraj Sangelkar, Sainath Kalangutkar and Sarvesh Dabholkar converted for Nerul while Gauresh Naik and Stanley Coutinho found the mark for Arpora.
St Cruz football camp concludes
PANJIM: The St Cruz summer football coaching camp conducted by St Cruz parish in collaboration with GFDC concluded on Saturday in the presence of chief guest, Dr Rufino Monteiro, chairman, GFDC.
Fr Alexandre Pereira, in his welcome thanked Dr Monteiro and GFDC for its assistance in the camp which covered over 50 boys and girls from the village, daily at 7 a.m.
Dr Monteiro congratulated the participants for their regular participation and taking up football training during their vacations. He urged parents to encourage their children kids to take up football as it has good potential as a career.
Later, three promising boys and one girl were given prizes for being the most promising talent and every trainee was presented with a certificate.
Tony Fernandes, sarpanch; coaches, Savio Pereira, Melinda Pereira and Domnic were those among present.
Fr Noel Da Costa compeered while Fr Louis Gomes proposed the vote of thanks.
Air India, Mumbai FC, Narmada win
MAPUSA: Air India crushed Government Higher Secondary School, Kerala 5-0 in a South-West zone under-15 Manchester United Premier Cup All-India football tournament match at Sirsaim ground, Sirsaim, Saturday.
In the second match, Mumbai Football Club thumped Navrachna Sports Academy, Gujarat 4-0 while Narmada Sporting Football Club, MP got the better of Pune Football Club 2-0 in the third match.
Yesterday, Dempo got the better of Pune FC 2-0 while Sporting Clube de Goa and Air India shared points in a 1-1 draw and Salgaocar Football Club and Mumbai Football Club played a goalless draw in the evening encounter.
Guardian Angel, Wilred Leisure set final date
MARGAO: Guardian Angel Sports Club, Curchorem will cross swords with Wilred Leisure Sports Club in the final of St Anthony's UK Super Soccer tournament organized by St Anthony’s Sports Club, Colva on May 5 at DSYA ground, Colva, at 4.30 p.m.
In the semi-finals, Guardian Angel Sports Club defeated Betalbatim Sporting Club while Wilred Leisure beat Navelim Villagers Union 3-2.
The winners will receive Rs 40,000 and a trophy while the runners-up will get Rs 30,000 and a trophy.
Friends Circle pip Dramapur
MARGAO: Friends Circle, Fatorda downed BMC, Dramapur Sports Club 1-0 to cruise into the final of Our Lady of Fatima football tournament organized by Fatima Sports Club, Baida -Chinchinim, at Baida ground, Chinchinim, Wednesday. There was no score at half time.
The lone goal came in the 50th minute when Danny Dias’ stiff grounder beat the rival goal with a snap shot. Stung by the reverse, BMC went all-out in search of the equalizer but the rival defender stood tall in protecting their slender lead.
Friends Circle will now meet Ambaulim Boys in the final on May 13.
Leon in fifth place
PANJIM: Leon Mendonca lost to Arya Bhakta in the sixth round in the ongoing Under-7 National chess tournament in Pune, Saturday.
Leon is currently on five points and in the fifth spot. Earlier in the fifth round he defeated Vallabh Kavi of Maharashtra. On Sunday he will face Kumbakonam Vedant P of Tamil Nadu.
Meanwhile, Suyash Pai is on four points while Pratik Borkar is on two points. Vernon Colaso is on 1.5 points.
In the girls section, Sanvi Naik Gaonkar won both her matches on Saturday and is on four points. Stuti Pai is on two points while Alaya D’Cruz has 2.5 points.
Salgaocar emerge Taca Goa champs
MARGAO: With yesterday’s huge 7-0 win against Margao Sports Club, Salgaocar Football Club have asserted their dominance in Taca Goa Under-20 football, winning the league with two games still left to play.
The team began their journey with a bang, with wins over St Cruz Club of Cavelossim and Churchill Brothers. The toughest test of their campaign came when they faced Sesa FA, however a Sunny Fernandes strike was enough to give the Green Brigade three crucial points.
After a relatively easy outing against Goa Velha, Salgaocar next took on their Goan rivals Dempo in a battle royal. The game never lived up to its billing as Salgaocar demolished Dempo 3-0 to take them one step closer towards the title. On Friday, they steam rolled past Margao at Tilak Maidan to win the title.
The team is being coached by Joaquim Crasto and managed by ex-Salgaocar striker Ignatius Dias.
The Salgaocar team is captained by goalkeeper Albino Gomes. The defense is marshaled by the robust Jos Vaz who is ably supported by Neville, Anthony and Nevin. Seventeen-year-old Alson has often come in and filled the centre back spot in times of injuries and bookings.
Allwyn has dominated the midfield, while Rayman has been in fantastic form playing the role of the playmaker to perfection. Godfrey Silva has been a wonderful asset on the left side dribbling past his opponents at will and assisting many of the goals. Mario has been solid on the right wing many times playing as an extra wing back.
Salgaocar’s striker force has been their main strength and the dangerous trio of Albino Pereira, Sunny and Ashlon has been fantastic upfront. Their movement and interchange passing has left many a defense clueless and the trio has scored 23 goals in six matches.
Substitutes Placidinho, Snako, Stendly, Shakib, Melwin, Stefen, Vijal, Elson and Aliston have all played their role when called upon.
The team spirit in the camp has been one of the main reasons that Salgaocar have managed to perform brilliantly this season.
St Anthony's UK Super Soccer final: Guardian Angel SC, Curchorem v. Wilred Leisure SC, DSYA ground, Colva, 4.30 p.m.
Benaulim inter-ward soccer: Santa Cruz Boys v. Real Benaulim, Ximbumoll ground, Benaulim, 5 p.m.
YMCA summer camp closing ceremony, St. Andrew’s Institute Hall, Vasco da Gama, 4.30 p.m.
Penha de Franca Soccer: United Club of Nerul v. Siolim Sodiem, Sangolda panchayat ground, 4.30 p.m.
SAG U-14 invitation league cricket: SAG ‘A’ v. Belgaum SC; SAG ‘B’ v. Nasik Cricket Academy, Fatorda ground.
Exhibition soccer: Jesus of Nazareth SC, Panjim v. St Mathias SC, Divar, panchayat ground, Malar-Divar, 4.30 p.m.
Saligao United Cup Soccer quarters: Candolim SC v. Goa Velha SC, Dr Gustavo Monteiro Stadium, Candolim, 4.30 p.m.
Rebello Pandal soccer: Fatima Boys, Baida v. Agalli Boys, Fatorda, St Rita's School ground, Maina, Curtorim, 4.30 p.m.
Ponda Sub-Division II electrify Power Minister XI
CANACONA: Electricity Sub-Division II, Ponda thumped Power Minister XI by 18 runs to emerge champions of 1st All-Goa Power Minister Electricity Department inter-sub-division tennis ball cricket tournament organized by Canacona Electricity sub-division-III at SAG ground, Saturday.
Ponda piled up 25 for the loss of three wickets in four overs.
In reply, Power Minister’s XI managed a meager nine runs with the loss of four wickets.
Trophy’s and cash awards were given to the winners and runners-up.
Deepraj, Power Minister’s XI was adjudged best bowler of the tournament. Vishal, Sub-Division, Ponda II was declared best batsmen.
Earlier, the tournament was declared open by Milind Naik, MLA in the presence of Ramesh Tawadkar, MLA; Ajay Bhagat, chairperson, Canacona Municipal Council, Navneet Naik Gaunkar, sarpanch, Agonda panchayat; Bhushan Prabhugaonkar, sarpanch, Loliem panchayat; Sapnesh Dessai, panch, Agonda panchayat; Rama Naik Gaunkar, councilor and Vallabh Tengse, panch, Poinguinim panchayat.
An exhibition match was played between Power Minister’s and Sports Minister’s teams. Power minister’s team won by 10 runs.
Milind Naik scored an unbeaten eight runs, while Ramesh Tawadkar conceded two sixes, one four and a couple of runs in his over.
Goa Velha emerge champs
MARGAO: Goa Velha Sports Club edged past Navelim Villagers Union 1-0 to emerge champions of All-Goa Velim Panchayat Cup inter-village football tournament organized by Sports Welfare Club of Zaino-Velim at Zaino ground, Velim, Wednesday.
|CUP CLINHCERS: The players of Goa Velha Sports |
Club receiving the Velim Village Panchayat Cup from
Sports Minister Ramesh Tawadkar in the presence of MLA
Benjamin D'Silva, Melwyn Sanches and Lewis Andrade
at Zaino ground, Velim, Wednesday.
The two teams played attacking football and kept the crowd on their feet. The lone goal of the match came in the 20th minute when striker Newton Pereira bulged the net off a well measured pass from Vishant Pednekar.
Stunned by the early reverse, Navelim Villagers created some decent opportunities but their forwards failed to get beyond the Goa Velha defensive line.
Navelim Villagers had a golden chance to neutralize the lead but Milton Gomes’ rasping shot hit the crossbar much the disappointment of the Navelim supporters.
Spurred by the success, Goa Velha kept on attacking but the alert rival defence avoided further damage as the Goa Velha had to remain content with the one-goal advantage at the break.
Crossing over, both Goa Velha and Navelim Villagers patiently built up attacks and were efficient on the break. In the last 15 minutes, Navelim Villagers attacked with more urgency and their forwards kept on threatening the rival citadel but the Goa Velha defenders stood tall in protecting their slender lead.
Goa Velha were richer by Rs 40,000 while Navelim Villagers had to content with Rs 30,000.
Other prizes -- Best goalkeeper of the finals: Anthony (Goa Velha). Best defender of the finals: Wilfred Pires (Navelim Villagers Union). Best player of the finals: Alvito Colaco (Navelim Villagers Union). First scorer of the finals: Netwon Pereira (Goa Velha).
Earlier, Sports Minister Ramesh Tawadkar, MLA Benjamin D’Silva and Melwyn Sanches were introduced to the teams by Lewis Andrade, president of Sports Welfare Club of Zaino.
Sports Minister Ramesh Tawardkar was the chief guest and gave the winner’s trophy while MLA Benjamin Silva gave the runners-up trophy.
MLA Benjamin Silva said that work at Ambelim and Velim grounds will be started shortly and assured that development of other grounds will be undertaken shortly.
Lewis Andrade welcomed. Gurudas Kudalkar, secretary proposed the vote of thanks.
In all, 16 teams participated.
SAG Under-14 invitational league
Belgaum, SAG ‘B’register emphatic wins
PANJIM: Belgaum Sports Club and SAG ‘B’ team scored emphatic wins over Narmada Cricket Academy, Bharuch and SAG ‘C’ by 10 wickets and six wickets respectively in SAG Under-14 invitational league organized by Sportsweek CC and SAG at Fatorda ground.
Narmada won the toss and elected to bat. The Narmada boys found the Belgaum speedster Siddesh Kamat (3-12) too hot to handle. Nishit Patel (25), Ritesh Mishra (13) and Praful Mishra (18) helped their teams to reach 87/8 in 25 overs. Kishen Patil (1/15) and Angad Raj (2/9) also bowled well for Belgaum.
In reply, Belgaum openers Sujay Sateri (32 not out) and man-of-the-match Shivam Nesarikar (35 not out) made mincemeat of the Narmada bowling and attained the target in the 14th over.
In the second match a dramatic collapse of SAG ‘C’ from a position of 55/4 in 11 overs to 58/10 made things easy for SAG ‘B’ as they overhauled the target in the 18th over losing four wickets quickly. Man-of-the-match Hrishikesh Pednekar scalped five wickets for one run to hasten the end of SAG ‘B’ innings. Eeshan Bagchi (22 not out) and Akshay Sutar (13) batted well for SAG ‘C’.
GFA club’s renewal by May 15
PANJIM: The GFA has informed its affiliated clubs that the last date for submission for renewal of registration for the 2013-14 season without a late fee is on May 15.
Forms will be accepted from May 16 and 31 only after a payment of late fee.
7-a-side-football at Taleigao
PANJIM: The All-Goa 7-a-side football tournament organized by Santissimo Boys of Taleigao will be held on May 5 at Oitient ground, Taleigao.
The winners will receive Rs 10,000 while the runners-up will get Rs 6,000. Details may be obtained from Dhiraj on 9923543240 or Uday on 9657896694.
Pax of Nagoa SC AGM
PANJIM: The annual general body meeting of Pax of Nagoa Sports Club will be held on May 12 at the club house, at 10 a.m. The financial statement of the year 2012-13 will be also discussed.
GFA matches postponed
PANJIM: The GFA play-off matches between Sporting Clube de Goa and Betalbatim SC at Taleigao ground and Salgaocar FC and Goa United at Tilak Maidan, Vasco to be held on May 5 have been postponed.
Entry submissions for beach football tourney
PANJIM: A beach football tournament organized by GFA will be held on May 25 and 26. Teams may submit their entries to the GFA’s Secretariat, here by May 11. Only the first 16 entries will be accepted.
Tie-breaker at Aivao
PANJIM: The 1st All-Goa 3-a-side football tie-breaker organized by Beach Boys of Aivao will be held on May 5 at Aivao at 3 p.m.
Football coaching at Corlim
PANJIM: The grassroots football coaching camp for boys from the age of 9 to 12 years organized by Friends Sporting Club, Corlim will be held from May 8 to June 4 at Carambolim panchayat ground, Carambolim, from 7 to 8.30 a.m.
Those born on or after 1/1/2001 to 2004 are eligible to attend the month long camp. Twenty-four boys will be selected at the end of the camp and will be trained by qualified coaches for a period of five to six years.
The boys will be coached by Frankie Mascarenhas, Diniz D'Costa and Manuel D'Souza. Those interested may contact Frankie on 7507063088 or Diniz on 9823262735.
Meanwhile, a thrice a week camp for under-17 boys (those born on or after 1997) will be held from May 8 at Carambolim panchayat ground, Carambolim.
Football centre Areal to be inaugurated
MARGAO: The Salgaocar FC sponsored youth football centre at Sao Jose de Areal will be inaugurated by Swati Salgaocar at Pabribatt ground, Areal on May 7 at 4.30 pm. as part of the Salcete Grassroot Football Development initiative.
A lot of former and present players from Areal have donned Salgaocar’s popular green and whites so it comes as no surprise that SFC wants to give something back to the village by providing an opportunity for young boys to take up football at an early age. This centre will promote football in the age group of 8 to 10 in the village of Areal. Around 45 boys have already registered with the centre and the boys will be trained two to three times a week.
SFC has taken this programme to another level by upping the involvement of the Salgaocar FC senior team players from Areal. Senior team players from Areal will mentor 10 to 12 young footballers each in skills, attitude and discipline.
Day to day administration will be taken care of by the local Areal Club.
Mumbai Rush soccer camp in Goa
PANJIM: The Mumbai Rush Soccer Center of Excellence will organize a one month residential training program from May 6 in Margao.
The training will be conducted by USSF ‘A’ Licence coach Mitch Bickmore, technical director of Mumbai Rush Soccer. The children from Mumbai will be training and residing in Goa during the training, the training will be in two sessions, morning as well as in the evening.
The players will thereafter train in Mumbai for five months under Mitch Bickmore before leaving for a month long training in USA. Details may be obtained on 9967490648.
Football coaching camp in Mapusa
MAPUSA: The football coaching camp organized by GOA Learning Soccer School (GOA-L) will be held in Mapusa from 7 to 9 a.m. Details may be obtained from 9823281781.
Saligao in last four
MAPUSA: Ajit Diwadkar’s goal helped Saligao Sporting Club to register a solitary goal victory over PVC Parra and move into the semi-finals of 4th Milagres Cup football tournament organized by Milagres Sports Club, Mapusa at Bodgeshwar ground, Mapusa, Friday. There was no score at half time.
After a barren first session, Saligao broke the deadlock in the 69th minute after Raul D’Mello’s well-measured flag-kick was powerfully headed in by Ajit.
Riddhi, Aishwarya, Gauri on five points
PANJIM: Riddhi Zantye, Aishwarya Thorat and Gauri Hadkonkar are on five points each after seven rounds in 9th Sou Meenatai Shirgaonkar memorial international FIDE rating women's chess tournament in Sangli, Maharashtra.
Sweta Koyande, Samiksha Vaigankar and Reema Naik are on three points each. Sayuri Naik, Sampatti Vaigankar and Sehal Chopdekar are on two points each. Snehal Naik has 1.5 points.
Cricket trials on May 6
PANJIM: Goa Tennis Ball Cricket team (men) has been invited by Shri Balaji Sports Care, Indore, for the National Tennis Ball Cricket League from June 1 to 5 at Indore.
Only eight state teams have been invited for the league. Goa will be participating in the league for the first time. The winners will receive Rs 1,51,000 plus a trophy while the runners-up will get Rs 75,000 and a trophy.
The trials to select the Goa teams will be held on May 6 at Kunkolim Tennis Ball Cricket ground, Kunkolim, Mardol, Priol at 2.30 p.m.
Interested players may contact Ajinkya Naik or Hemant Khot at the venue.
3rd May 2013
Sporting emerge North Zone GFA U-14 champs
MAPUSA: Sporting Clube de Goa rode on a blistering hat-trick by Glevito Miranda to trounce Goa United Sports Academy, Calangute 3-0 and emerge North Zone GFA under-14 football league champions at Dr Remigio Pinto ground, Taleigao, Panjim, Thursday. Sporting led 1-0 at half time.
The teams started attackingly but found it hard to settle down on the uneven ground.
Goa United created better chances in the first quarter but long rangers from Lionel D’Silva went inches wide. Their highest scorer, Joy Nair was closely marked by the Sporting defenders which made it difficult for him to score.
At the other end, Sporting were slowly picking up momentum and when Goa United ran out of steam, Sporting’s Dwayne Britto sent in an intelligent through ball to Glevito who skillfully dribbled past a couple of rival defenders and fired past Goa United goalkeeper Yachikesh Shirodkar, just before half time.
Sporting dominated the second session as their defence left the Goa United strikers frustrated.
Glevito could have scored two quick goals in the 45th and 47th minutes but his close rangers were blocked by the rival custodians after Dwayne did the spadework.
In the 63rd minute, Sporting were awarded a penalty after Glevito was brought down by goalkeeper Yachikesh in a one-to-one situation. Glevito sent goalkeeper Yachikesh the wrong way and converted the penalty.
In the dying minute, Glevito registered his hat-trick after he slotted home from a goal-mouth melee.
Taca U-20 football: Margao SC v. Salgaocar FC, Tilak Maidan; Vasco SC v. St Cruz Club of Cavelossim, Velsao ground; Goa Velha SC v. Sporting Clube de Goa, St Cruz ground. Kick off 4 p.m.
4th Milagres Cup football quarters: Saligao SC v. PVC Parra, Bodgeshwar ground, 4.45 p.m.
17th Holy Cross football: Curtorim Gym v. United Boys of Palolem, Vodlemoll ground, Kakoda, 4.30 p.m.
St Anthony's UK Cup Super Soccer: Betalbatim SC v. Guardian Angel SC, Curchorem, DSYA ground, Colva, 4.30 p.m.
Sagun faces axe
Stripped from captaincy, gets 2-match ban; Kashinath fined
PANJIM: The Goa Cricket Association Inquiry Committee today stripped Sagun Kamat of his captaincy and imposed a first class two-match ban for the season 2013-14 for violent conduct while Kashinath Chari was also not spared for his involvement in the incident.
Chari was levied a composite fine of Rs 2,500 and put a condition to recover it within 15 days. He also being an employee of GCA faced another action for misconduct for going on leave uninformed, for which, his pay for two days was deducted.
The committee consisting of Atul Naik, member and Chetan Desai, convenor and chaired by Dr Shekhar Salkar took the decisions at a meeting held at the conference hall, GCA Academy, Porvorim. The leave of absence was granted to Manohar Naik.
The Inquiry Committee heard Sagun and Kashinath and the witnesses Sahil Dhuri, Rohan Belekar, Hemant Shetgaonkar and also Chandra Tendulkar (match referee). Vivek Kolambkar (team official, Dempo Cricket Club) and Sanjay Kanekar (president, Sunny Cricket Club) also gave their statements.
The GCA had set up an inquiry to the incident which took place on April 21, during the Premier League match between Sunny Club and Dempo Cricket Club, at BITS Pilani ground, Vasco wherein Sagun of Dempo had assaulted Kashinath of Sunny SC.
Will Armando stay with Dempo?
PANJIM: With Dempo Sports Club failing to defend their I-League title and unlikely to finish among the top three this year, coach Armando Colaco is unlikely to get an extension of his contract for the next season.
Colaco joined Dempo in 2000 when the club faced its worst crisis as the team got relegated to the second division of the I-League. But the former Dempo player worked hard which saw them win a record five I-League titles in the last eight years.
Riddled with controversy and injuries to their key players which saw Dempo failing to defend the title, club chairman Shrinivas Dempo is unlikely to extend coach Armando's contract for next season and instead may go in for a foreign coach.
Pailan Arrows coach Arthur Papas is the front-runner for the post. Another name doing the rounds is of Dutch international Mike Snoei. Snoei has been an assistant with Dutch coach Henk ten Cate, who has worked with Barcelona FC, Panathinaikos, Greece (2008-2010), Al Ahli, Dubai (2010), Umm Salal SC of Qatar (2010-11) and Shandong Luneng, China (2011-12).
Churchill Bros overcome Dempo challenge
MAPUSA: Churchill Bros registered a solitary goal win over Dempo in a GFA U-20 football league match at Sangolda ground, Sangolda, Thursday.
Alesh Sawant scored the all-important goal in the 15th minute through a solo effort after making a promising run from the midfield to the rival territory and drilling home past Dempo goalkeeper Saudesh Madkholkar.
Dempo tried hard to get back into the game but were down to ten-man before half time after referee Valenton Fernandes sent off Nerry Alfonso for a double booking.
Changing over, Dempo started attackingly but their strikers lacked sharpness.
In the dying minutes, Churchill’s Amrit Singh was red carded after receiving a second yellow from the referee.
Floodlit cricket at Bicholim
BICHOLIM: The 1st Pravin Gajanan Neugi Memorial All-Goa invitational floodlit cricket tournament organized by Tiger Sports Club, Bicholim will be held on May 3 at Shivaji Maharaj Maidan Bicholim, at 7 p.m.
Churchill-Sesa encounter postponed
PANJIM: The Pro League match between Churchill Brothers Sports Club and Sesa Football Academy scheduled to be played on May 3 at Duler Stadium, Mapusa has been postponed.
Grassroots programme at Tilamola
PANJIM: Tilamola United Sport Club will conduct Salcete Football Club’s grassroots football coaching programme for boys and girls between 8 to 10 years, from May 3 at Quepem football ground.
The Tilamola Centre, Quepem will be inaugurated on May 3.
Details may be obtained from Milagres Carvallho on 9763141982 or Sally on 9545222896.