The Dempo SC U-20 boy’s football team held its final practice on Friday morning at the Club house before heading to Jamshedpur for the U-20 I-League.
Gavin Araujo, youth coach of Dempo SC was optimistic about his team’s chances in the tournament. “We have been preparing for I-League for the past one month, the mood is good and all the players are in a positive frame of mind. We have 5 boys from the senior team which will further strengthen our side” said Gavin.
In addition to today’s practice, the members of U-20 team attended a special football education program by Head Coach Armando Colaco at the club house. This session helped the players to understand more about the Laws of Game and other technical matters.
“The future of football lies in the youth, and an important part of our youth program is to ensure that young footballers receive proper off-field education” said Mr. Colaco. He also stressed on having such training programs more often for the players as well as coaches so as to ensure continuity and development of football.
Dempo SC are clubbed along, Mumbai FC, Tata FA, East Bengal and ONGC in group B. They meet Mumbai FC in the opener on 5th March.
Team: Adney Fernandes, Royston Fernandes, Sandesh Madkholkar (All Goalkeepers), Mawrick Almeida, Jesvil De Sousa, Shubham Rao Dessai, Michael D’Silva, Richard Fernandes, Myron Fernandes, Bharat Thapa, Tunard Fernandes, Clencio Pinto, Anselm Furtado, Najeeb Inamdar, Edberg Sequeira, Feranndo Colaco, Darryl Endro, Dario Rodrigues, Nixon Castana, Mazhar Ali, Fredson Marshall, Nerry Afonso, Aniston Fernandes and Chatur Naik.