On expectations for the U-20 TACA Goa tournament
We have a very good team for the U-20 competition this year. We have some good midfielders like Romeo, Brian and Mandar and some good defenders like Shallum and Thapa. Two of my first eleven players, Aniston and Myron may not be there for the entire tournament as they are traveling toDenmark. With them in our team we would have been very strong. Nevertheless I am expecting us to do well in the tournament.
On junior players that will graduate to the senior team
Players like Romeo and Brian have already made their I-League debut and they will serve Dempo for many years to come. Romeo and Brian have a good temperament and will develop to be very good players in the future. Shallum Pires too has played very well in the Goa League and is also one of the exciting young players. Apart from them, players like Mandar Rao Desai, Bharat Thapa and Aslon Oliveira are still very young and will definitely make the senior team in the years to come.
On preparations for the U-19 I-League
Our preparations for the U-19 I-League is going on well. The same U-20 team will play in this tournament. The U-20 TACA Goa tournament will serve as a good preparation for the Junior I-League. Most of our u-20 players have been playing together for a long time in the U-16 and U-18 category so they know each others game well. The Junior I-League is a very tough tournament to win. Even theGoaleg will be fiercely contested as teams like Sporting Clube de Goa, Salgaocar and Churchill are very strong. Lets hope for the best but I expect our team to do very well.
On the U-19 I-League.
As I said, it is a very difficult tournament to win. Last year we narrowly lost out on a place in the final round. We lost to Churchill Brothers on goal difference. We were unlucky to lose the first match against Churchill but then we played well to win against Sporting and Salgaocar. But we were unlucky to lose out on goal difference. Hopefully this year we can go one better and qualify for the final round and then hopefully go on to win the tournament.
On youth development at Dempo
With our Chairman signing the deal with FC Midtjylland, our youth will get a major boost. Already two of our players are going toDenmarkand at the end of the season probably to more will go there. We need to give more confidence to our juniors so that they develop into better players. Hopefully in the years to come there will be many Dempo juniors players who will graduate to the senior team.