Dempo Sports Club (Jrs) kick start their campaign in the U-20 TACA Goa Cup on the 19th of February against new entrants Calangute Association. The matches will be played on the Sangolda ground. Dempo Juniors are the defending champions in the U-20 TACA Goa League having won the event last year. This year the competition format has been changed from the earlier league format to a cup based format. There will be two groups- North District and South District. The North District comprises of Dempo Sporst Club Juniors, Sesa Football Academy Juniors, Goa Velha Sports Club, Sporting Clube de Goa, Calangute Association and Brasil Futebol Academia. The matches will be played at Sangolda ground.
The South District comprises of Salgaocar Sports Club Juniors, Vasco Sports Club, Churchill Brothers Sports Club, Margao Sports Club, Curtorim Gymkhana, Sao Jose de Areal Sports Club and Santa Cruz Club of Cavelossim. The matches will be played at Cansaulim and Nagoa ground. The top two teams from each group will square off in the semi-finals.
Dempo Sports Club have announced the provisional squad for the tournament.
Goalkeepers: Agnelo D’Souza and Royston Fernandes
Defenders: Shallum Pires, Bharat Thapa, Joss Vaz, Jesmon Carvalho, Fernando Colaco, Milton Fernandes, Jeovito Fernandes.
Midfielders: Romeo Fernandes, Brian Mascarenhas, Mandar Rao Dessai, Dario Rodrigues, Dipam Tilve, Edberg Sequeira, Aniston Fernandes, Pandhari Chopdekar.
Strikers: Aslon Oliveira, Albino Pereira, Hanslum Furtado, Clencio Pinto, Tunad Fernandes, Myron Fernandes, Derryl Endro.
The team has in its ranks several players who are playing for the Dempo senior team. Brian Mascarenhas, Shallum Pires and Romeo fernandes have been registered in the I-League team. Romeo and Brian even made their debut in the I-League on 4th December against Churchill Brothers. Apart from them, players like Mandar Rao Desai, Bharat Thapa, Aniston Fernandes and Myron Fernandes have been with the senior team for the Goa Professional League. Romeo, Mandar, Aniston, Myron and Thapa were members of last year’s victorious team. Speaking exclusively to www.demposportsclub.com, Dempo juniors coach Mr. Mathew D’Costa has expressed his confidence of Dempo retaining their title. “We have a very good team with some good young players like Romeo, Shallum, Mandar, Thapa, Myron and Aniston who are with the senior team. Plus we have some exciting young players in Aslon Oliveira, Clencio Pinto, Pandhari Chopdekar and goalkeeper Agnelo D’Souza. We are geared up for the challenge and we hope to defend the title”, said Mathew.
“This team will also play in the U-19 I-League so it will be a good preparation for that tournament. Plus these players have a chance to stake claim for a place in the first eleven for the junior I-League tournament”, signed off Mathew. No one knows Dempo’s junior players better than Mathew D’Costa, having been associated with them for the past five years. Last year under him, Dempo won the U-18 and U-20 tournaments and also finished in third place in the GFA Second Division League. In the U-19 I-League too Dempo lost out on a place in the final round only on goal difference.
The U-20 team is all geared up for the challenge at hand and we wish them all the luck. Hoping for another “Dempo Domination” from the young turks of Dempo Sports Club in the Taca Goa League.