~ The squad comprises of 14 players from Goa ~
Goa, October, 2020: Following the end of the domestic transfer window last week, the FC Goa squad for League action this season has now been submitted to the Indian Super League. Each club may register 35 first-team players with at least three developmental players (born after 1st January 2000) to be included in the squad.
As per the 2020/21 rules, All clubs are allowed to have at least five and no more than seven foreign players in their squad. Out of this, one of them must belong to an AFC (Asian Football Federation) member association country. Australian defender James Donachie fulfils that criteria.
The FC Goa squad sees 6 foreigners being named in the squad in addition to 14 players from the home state, Goa. 11 players from last season make the squad once more.
Speaking on the squad days after taking over the reins on the practice ground, Head Coach Juan Ferrando said, “I am very happy to see a very good disposition to work hard and take another step towards improvement amongst all the players. After all, this preseason will be pretty different to previous ones for everyone and attitude is the key.
“Throughout the campaign, I would like to see the team improve week by week and game by game. Our goals as a team are to reach the playoffs and have a good showing in the AFC Champions League.”
FC Goa’s squad for the 2020/21 season of the Indian Super League is as follows:
Mohammad Nawaz, Naveen Kumar, Shubham Dhas, Dylan D'Silva
Sanson Pereira, Seriton Fernandes, Leander D'Cunha, Iván González (Spain), Mohamed Ali, James Donachie (Australia), Sarineo Fernandes, Aibanbha Dohling, Saviour Gama
Lenny Rodrigues, Nestor Dias, Edu Bedia (Spain), Princeton Rebello, Alberto Noguera (Spain), Brandon Fernandes, Phrangki Buam, Redeem Tlang, Makan Winkle Chothe, Alexander Romario Jesuraj, Jorge Ortiz (Spain), Flan Gomes, Seiminlen Doungel
Igor Angulo (Spain), Aaren D'Silva, Devendra Murgaonkar, Ishan Pandita
About FC Goa
FC Goa is a professional football club based out of Goa that competes in the Indian Super League (ISL) and is the current holder of the Super Cup. Nicknamed the Gaurs, FC Goa has been one of the most consistent teams in the ISL - reaching 3 semi-finals and 2 finals in 6 seasons.
In Season 2019/20, the club won the Hero ISL League Winners Shield, by finishing top of the table in the league stages and became the first-ever club from India to qualify for the group stages of the AFC Champions League. The Gaurs are also the only ISL side to win more than 50 games and score more than 200 goals.
Co-owned by Mr Jaydev Mody, Mr Akshay Tandon and Mr Virat Kohli, FC Goa is one of Indian few Clubs to have a complete youth development ecosystem. It’s U14, U16, U18 and Developmental Teams compete at the highest levels in Goa and nationally. The system has produced recognizable talents like Saviour Gama, Princeton Rebello and many more. The Gaurs are also the Champions of the GFA U20 & GFA U18 Leagues and the winners of the Goa Professional League in 2018/19.