Hindsight: Seriton Fernandes and playing without fear

~ The right-back shone bright on his ACL debut ~


Goa, April 15, 2021: “I just knew that I had to be at my best in the game. It was a very important game for us, but we were not afraid,” said Seriton Ferandnes after FC Goa clinched a point on a historic night for the Gaurs in the AFC Champions League on Wednesday night.


Juan Ferrando’s tactics worked to a tee for FC Goa yesterday as the Gaurs played fearlessly in their opening encounter of the AFC Champions League to eke out a deserved point against Qatari giants Al Rayyan. And not many embodied that spirit as well as Seriton Fernandes in the FC Goa colours.


“The coach told us to go out and enjoy the game, to play without fear. I knew that I had to keep making my forward runs because the overlapping runs really put a lot of pressure on their defence,” added Seriton. Speaking to the coach, before the game, he told me to be fearless about going forward.”  


The men in orange not only showed discipline all over the park, but also were able to stay true to their style of football. Ferrando’s men showed both grit and panache to carve out spaces – both in the centre of the park and on the wings time and again.


“It was a big match for us and we came through really well. So yeah, I am feeling really good about our performance and the result,” Seriton continued.


“We knew Al Rayyan would be a really tough game and we had to be at our best. We gave our all on the pitch. We enjoyed the game and sadly missed out on a few opportunities that we had created.”


Seriton Fernandes, on the right flank, had a game to remember. Up against Yacine Brahimi, Al Rayyan’s most prolific player, Seriton was able to keep a check on him for large parts of the game while also providing the Gaurs with a real outlet on the wings with his surging runs forward.


“I knew that he was going to be a problem. I had heard a lot and people were telling me that he is one of the best players in the competition. So I had taken that up as a challenge,” added Seriton.


“And I put in my best effort to take care of the threat he poses and I will have to keep doing that as the upcoming games won’t be any easier.”


After successfully completing the Al-Rayyan test, FC Goa now take on Al-Wahda on Saturday. The team from UAE opened their campaign with a 0-1 loss to Persepolis and will be looking to get one over the Gaurs. However, as Al Rayyan had to learn the hard way, this would be no mean task.


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 4 semi-finals and 2 finals in 7 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.

Co-owned by Mr Jaydev Mody, Mr Akshay Tandon and Mr Virat Kohli, FC Goa is one of the few Indian Clubs to have a complete youth development ecosystem. Its 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.


For Trial related updates: Latest trials updates in Mumbai Football

Also Read: I always wanted to coach in India and be a champion here – Vincenzo Annese

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


Oscar SSE to conduct trials for multiple age-groups in Mumbai

Mumbai based Oscar SSE will conduct trials for their youth teams on 17th April at the Karnatak Sports Association ground. Oscar SSE is a 2-star AIFF Accredited Academy plying their…


FC Hydra invites all aspiring footballers in Bengaluru for a Trial

FC Hydra will be holding trials for all the aspiring footballers for the upcoming KSFA C Division League. The club has previously held trials for the Women’s team for the…


Kenkre FC to conduct trials for Women’s Team

Mumbai-based Kenkre FC are slated to conduct trials for their Women’s Football Team on the 25th of February at Goan’s Sports Ground in Churchgate. Kenkre FC have long been regarded…


IKF to dispense free international football exposure for children in India

India Khelo Football (IKF) is a non-profit platform aimed at providing kids from India a fair chance to pursue their dream of playing football internationally. IKF shares its vision to…


IDBI Bank to hold trials for a central defender

After successfully conducting their first round of trials on 21st November, MDFA Super Division outfit are now looking to conduct another trial in search of Central Defenders. With football resuming,…


Chedda Nagar FC set to conduct trials for MDFA Super Division

Chedda Nagar Football Fanatics will be conducting trials to reform their MDFA Super Division squad. Being established in 2011, Chedda Nagar is a renowned name in Mumbai football. The team…


IDBI Bank to host trials for MDFA Super Division

With football resuming, IDBI Bank will be conducting trials for the upcoming MDFA Season. The team will participate in the Super Division and will be seen conducting their first round…


Madanpura FA, Sara FA to host trials for the upcoming MDFA season

Sara Football Academy and Madanpura FA to host trials for MDFA Super division & 2nd division and 3rd division respectively on the 19th and 21st of November simultaneously. Sara FA…


FC Hydra to hold trials for women footballers in Bengaluru

FC Hydra will be holding trials for women footballers for the upcoming BDFA A division Women’s league. The club is based out of Bengaluru. FC Hydra will be holding trials…


NLWS FC to hold trials for MDFA 3rd division

NLWS FC is club based in Dadar who have registered themselves in the MDFA 3rd division for the 2020-21 season. The club will be holding trials for the same. Mauli…