ISL: FC Goa take on India U-19 on Saturday
FC Goa will be playing their second friendly against India under-19 football team on Saturday evening at Tilak Maidan in Vasco.
Panaji: FC Goa will be playing their second friendly against India under-19 football team on Saturday evening at Tilak Maidan in Vasco.
Ahead of the Indian Super League, which begins on October 12, the franchise has been practicing with various football clubs and had blanked Sesa Football Academy by three goals a few days ago.
During the match, FC Goa coach Zico?noticed that left back position was found wanting and has decided to rope in Brazilian left-back Andre Santos (formerly with Arsenal) who will reach before their first match against Chennaiyin FC on October 15.
FC Goa, who wanted to field all Dempo players, had to make a last-minute change bringing in Mohun Bagan's Bikramjit Singh in place of injured Pronay Halder who got wounded during India's match against UAE at the Asian Games last month.
Singh had his training session yesterday under the watchful eyes of Zico. They have also included goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh in the team list?which they have sumitted to IMG-Reliance, organisers of ISL.
Following is the the team list of FC Goa:
Domestic: Laxmikant Katimani, Gurpreet Singh (Goal-Keeper); Defenders: Debabrata Roy, Prabir Das, Narayan Das and Rowilson Rodrigues.
Midfielders: Peter Carvalho, Shaikh Jewel Raja, Bikramjit Singh, Clifford Miranda, Mandar Rao Desai and Gabriel Fernandes.
Strikers: Romeo Fernandes, Holicharan Narzary and Alwyn George.
Foreign players: Jan Seda, Miroslav Slepicka (both Czech Republic), Youness Bengellourn, Gregory Arnolin, Robert Pires (all France), Edgar Marcelino, Miguel Herlein, Bruno Pinheiro (all Portugal), Andre Santos (Brazil), Tolgay Ozbey (Australia), Zohib Islam Amiri (Afghanistan).
The last friendly match will be played against Vasco Sports club on October 9.