FC Goa youth product Leewan Castana has been selected in the Indian U15 National Team that is due to fly off to Dubai on 5th January 2019 for an exposure trip. He began his youth career with FC Goa at the age of 11 and has played in a number of different age groups for the Gaurs.
Castana was part of the FC Goa’s U14 team in the 2015/16 season. With him in the side, FC Goa finished runners-up in GFA U14 league. He was promoted to the U16 set up in the 2017/18 season.
A Curtorim resident, Castana currently studies at St Rita’s High School. His brilliant performance helped the young Gaurs qualify for the second round of U15 I-League last season.
Speaking on the selection, FC Goa’s Director of Football, Derrick Pereira said, “We have high hopes with Leewan. He has been a shining example of what we are trying to build at the grassroots level at FC Goa. He is one of the brightest prospects we have in our ranks.
“Leewas has been with us since the beginning of our youth program and has showed real promise. He possesses good technique and we all admire the fact that he is not afraid to express himself when on the ball. That is something we all try and encourage in our youngsters.
“Above all, he has great character and is a real team player. He has played across the frontline, in midfield and even in defence when the team requires him to.”
Castana’s coach at youth level, Gavin Araujo, also expressed joy at his selection. “He has time and again shown maturity beyond his years and this really doesn’t take us by surprise. He has been playing in the U16s for us even though he is still eligible for the U14s. He joined us in 2015 when our youth program kicked off and has progressed up the ranks ever since.
“He is hard-working and diligent. He has made us proud and we are confident that he will confident to do so in the days.”