25 Goans feature in FC Goa’s squad for Hero 2nd Division League 2022-23

posted in News by FC Goa Official on 10th March 2023

posted in News

by FC Goa Official

on 10th March 2023

25 Goans feature in FC Goa’s squad for Hero 2nd Division League 2022-23

Three first-team players, namely, Hrithik Tiwari, Lesly Rebello and Lalremruata HP have been included in the FC Goa squad for the upcoming 2022-23 season of the Hero 2nd Division League.

A total of 29 players, most of whom are part of the Club’s Development Team, have been selected to the squad. Two players – Prachit Gaonkar and Saish Gaunkar – from the Gaurs’ U17 team, have also made the cut.

Deggie Cardozo, the head coach of the FC Goa Development Team, will lead the charge for the Gaurs in the Hero 2nd Division League. He will be assisted by Sugitesh Mandrekar, the Dev Team Assistant Coach.

“For the Hero 2nd Division League, I have with me a squad of players who not only are young and enthusiastic in regard to the challenge ahead. They have also been together with each other for a long time, which we believe will go a long way in getting the best out of each other,” Cardozo said to fcgoa.in.

“The main objective of playing in the Hero 2nd Division League is to give the players more game time and also an opportunity for them to understand and experience a higher level of football, as we did in the Durand Cup last year. That said, we do not want to just be a part of the league – we are working hard in training to be in the best possible shape ahead of the matches, and we want to leave a lasting impression whenever we play.

“To develop players individually and as a team, we wanted different kinds of opportunities, which was absent in the past two years. But now, with the Hero 2nd Division League returning, we’re looking forward to continuing our process of growth. At FC Goa, players’ development remains one of the key focus areas, which is why we cherish this opportunity that enables us to play regularly,” the FC Goa coach concluded.

The complete FC Goa squad for Hero 2nd Division League 2022-23, is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Hansel Coelho, Bob Jackson, Hrithik Tiwari

Defenders: Deeshank Kunkalikar, Versly Paes, Leewan Castanha, Rayan Roger Menezes, Reezvon Fernandes, Salman Faris, Delzan Passanha, Manushawn Fernandes, Aditya Salgaonkar, Mallikjan Kalegar, Lesly Rebello

Midfielders: Vellington Fernandes, Shannon Viegas, Rayan Menezes, Anthony Fernandes, Malsawmtluanga, Prachit Gaonkar, Lalremruata HP

Forwards: Velroy Fernandes, Jovial Dias, Salgeo Dias, Mevan Dias, Delton Colaco, Vasim Inamdar, Jordan Borges, Saish Gaunkar

It is worth noting that the Gaurs’ squad for the league features 25 homegrown players from Goa, a testament to the Club’s efforts in developing football in the state.

The Gaurs’ league campaign starts March 15

Drawn alongside Mumbai-based Ambernath United Atlanta FC, ARA FC from Ahmedabad, Dempo SC and Hyderabad FC in Group D, FC Goa will kick-start their Hero 2nd Division League campaign with an away clash against local rivals Dempo SC. The match will take place at the Dempo Academy Ground on March 15.

The Boys in Orange will play their first home match in the league on March 30, when they take on Ambernath United Atlanta FC at the Nagoa Panchayat Ground.

The full set of FC Goa’s fixtures for the Hero 2nd Division League 2022-23, are as follows:

MatchdayDayDateHome Team
Away TeamVenueKick-off Time
1WednesdayMarch 15, 2023Dempo SCvsFC Goa Dev TeamDempo Academy Ground04:00 pm
2SundayMarch 19, 2023ARA FCvsFC Goa Dev TeamShahibaug Police Stadium04:00 pm
3ThursdayMarch 30, 2023FC Goa Dev TeamvsAmbernath United Atlanta FCNagoa Panchayat Ground04:00 pm
4MondayApril 3, 2023Hyderabad FC ReservesvsFC Goa Dev TeamBangalore Football Stadium03:30 pm
5FridayApril 7, 2023Ambernath United Atlanta FCvsFC Goa Dev TeamCooperage Stadium04:30 pm
6SaturdayApril 15, 2023FC Goa Dev TeamvsDempo SCNagoa Panchayat Ground04:00 pm
7ThursdayApril 20, 2023FC Goa Dev TeamvsARA FCNagoa Panchayat Ground04:00 pm
8SundayApril 23, 2023FC Goa Dev TeamvsHyderabad FC ReservesNagoa Panchayat Ground04:00 pm