After a long break football returns to Duler Stadium, Mapusa as the Goan heavy weight Sporting Clube de Goa take on Calangute Association in the season opening clash of Goa Police Cup 2016. Sporting have won both their pre season friendlies against Calangute Association 2 – 0 and Guardian Angel SC 3 – 2, and are all set to kick start their first match of the season on a high.
The Sporting Gaffer Mateus Costa mentioned “We have had a good pre-season; the boys have worked hard and are eager to get on the field. We will look to get our combination right here; the pre season friendlies have given us a chance to work out some permutations and combinations.”
The Oranje Gaffer Costa will be looking for a formidable performance from the boys on Sunday. A win against Calangute will be the perfect start for Sporting who put up a good performance last season both domestically pocketing the Goa Pro League while at the national front finishing 4th in the I-League and reaching the semi-finals of Fed Cup.
Costa further said “I am very pleased with the performance of our boys during the friendlies. We showed good discipline and tried to play the way we trained, everything went as per our plan.”
He further said “I’m very happy with the positive attitude shown by our team and the staff. We have had a good momentum throughout the pre season; we are on the right track.”
Speaking about the Police Cup Gaffer Costa said “This is a good opportunity for some of our players to prove themselves. We have a pack schedule coming up, Goa Pro League and Durand Cup are just a few days away. This tournament will be a good start and we can build up from there on.”
He further added “The quality of teams participating in the tournament is very good and hence we expect a good fight from all the teams. Since only one team will qualify from the group it will be very important for us to win the first match.”