Goan coaches join hands to form state association

Updated: Jul 22, 2012, 15:52 PM IST

Margao: Several Goan coaches came together to form the Goa Football Coaches Association here and appointed Dempo Sports Club coach Armando Colaco as its president.

At a meeting held at ther Nehru Stadium in Fatorda on Saturday, all the football coaches from Goa, who are designated with an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) licence, met and formed the association.

"This association was long overdue. We will work for the betterment of coaches across the state and also play a role in raising the bar," Colaco said in a press release.

The former India coach felt that there was a need to develop the game at the grassroot level and was confident that the newly formed GFCA will achieve its set targets by turning their focus on coaches who work at the school level.

Colaco said the association will also organise seminars and camps for the promotion of the game, besides holding talks with the Sports Authority of Goa (SAG) and Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs (DSYA) on a priority basis.

GFCA executive committee: Armando Colaco (president), Brahmanand Shankhwalkar, Marcus Pacheco (both vice-president), Savio Medeira (secretary), Mariano Dias (assistant secretary), Peter Vales (treasurer), Derrick Pereira, Mauricio Afonso, Mahesh Lotlikar, Mathew D`Costa, Cajetan Fernandes, Baptist Fernandes, Pascoal Pereira and Anthony D’Souza (all members).