FC Goa motivated to create history for India ahead of last ACL 2021 clash

Although they have been ruled out of qualification for the knockout stage of the AFC Champions League in their debut season in the competition, FC Goa will look to go out with their heads held high in their last Group E match against Emirati side Al Wahda.

The Gaurs have accumulated three points so far in Group E of the ACL, having earned two draws against Al Rayyan (Qatar), and one against Al Wahda (UAE), while losing their two matches against last season’s runners-up side Persepolis FC (Iran).

Ahead of their last match against Al Wahda, FC Goa defender Seriton Fernandes stated that the Gaurs are motivated to create history by winning their last ACL match of the season for the people of India.

“If we win (the match against Al Wahda), we will dedicate it to the people of India,” said Seriton. “We will approach the last game like any other – with a view to get all three points. We have never wavered from that stance and we will continue to look for a victory, irrespective who the opponent is. That’s what we are all about.”

The Gaurs’ head coach Juan Ferrando underlined the importance of improving on the results that the Goan side has produced so far on the continent’s apex club competition.

“We need to improve further,” quipped Ferrando. “In football, we need to always think about where the points would come from. We are not thinking about the last game anymore. It is time to focus on the next game and find the best XI for that one.”

While Goa have earned three draws from their five matches so far, they came very close to a win in the last game against Al Rayyan, when Brandon Fernandes set up Jorge Ortiz for a third-minute strike. However, the Qatari side, coached by Laurent Blanc, who was a part of the famous French team that won the 1998 World Cup and the UEFA Euro 2000 as a player, struck back in the 89th minute through Ali Ferydoon to equalise.

FC Goa head coach Juan Ferrando earmarked the level of competition in the ACL, and stated that it has been a great experience for his boys.

“The Champions League is a very difficult tournament to play in. It has been a great experience for us, and we need to use this to improve further,” said Ferrando.

While Seriton expressed the side’s disappointment at not getting the three points against Al Rayyan, he echoed his coach’s words, stating that the AFC Champions League has been an experience to remember.

“We were all disappointed (after the draw against Al Rayyan). We were very close to a win. It was a tough game and just goes to show that you can’t take lose concentration even for a minute in this competition,” said the 28-year-old.“This is a whole new level of games for a lot of us. You have to stay focused on what’s happening in these games. There is less time on the ball than we are used to and the quality of the players up against us is really high,” he continued.

“It’s been an experience to remember. We have all gained so much confidence, having played at this level. And now that we have had a taste of it, we want more. We want to be back in the Champions League.”



For Trial related updates: Latest trials updates in Mumbai Football

Also Read: Top Indian Football Transfer updates in April

Follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram for all the latest happenings in the world of Indian football

MSP Academy is holding trials for the upcoming MFA Youth League

MFA Super Division club Mumbai Soccer Prodigies will be conducting trials for their MFA Youth League campaign on 22nd May 2022 in Bandra, Mumbai. Founded in 2006, the Mumbai Soccer…


Football School of India to conduct Youth Trials

Mumbai-based Football School of India is going to conduct youth trials for its boys and girls squads. The trials will be conducted for players in the age group of under-13…


Bengaluru FC Elite Youth Football Trials

Bengaluru Football Club is a professional club that competes in the Indian Super League (ISL) and are past champions of the I-League and ISL. The club has launched its Soccer…


D’Souza Football Academy to conduct Youth Trials

Mumbai-based D’Souza Football Academy is going to conduct football scholarship trials for its youth squads. The trials will be conducted for players in the age group of under-7 to under-15….


Oscar SSE to conduct trials for Youth I-League in U13, U15&U18 category in Mumbai

OSCAR SSE, an AIFF Accredited Academy invites all  U13, U15 & U18  players from ALL SOCIO-ECONOMIC  backgrounds for football trials to join our Elite teams to train round the year…


Air India to conduct senior team trials for MFA Elite League on Monday

Mumbai-based Air India FC is set to conduct trials for their Senior Team to play the MFA Elite (Corporate) Division. One of the top-tier clubs from Mumbai – Air India…


Air India to hold youth team trials on Monday

Mumbai-based Air India FC is set to conduct trials for their Youth Team for the MFA Super (Corporate) Division. One of the top-tier clubs from Mumbai – Air India will…


Bhaichung Bhutia’s Residential Academy set to conduct trials in Mumbai

16th March, 2022: Bhaichung Bhutia Football Schools (BBFS) will conduct Residential Academy trials in Maharashtra for the academic year 2022-23.  In the next few months, the trials will be organized…


Bombay Muslims Sports Club to conduct trials for its Elite Division Team

Mumbai-based Bombay Muslims Sports Club will conduct trials for its Elite Men’s team for the upcoming MFA Elite League. Bombay Muslims have been a regular outfit in Mumbai Football top…


Mumbai Elite Division club Salsette FC to hold trials

Thane-based Salsette FC will be conducting football Trials this Saturday for their upcoming MFA Elite Division 2021-22 Campaign. Salsette FC had been playing in Super Division back in the 2016-17…