The Deportivo Saprissa U-23 team (Saprissa de Corazón) has arrived in Kolkata earlier this week to participate in the 117th “NVD” IFA Shield 2013.
The Costa Rican record champions have sent their U-23 team along with three ex-players namely Alonso Solís Calderón, Walter Centeno Corea and Fausto González Sibaja to take part in prestigious competition.
The “Saprissa de Corazón” compete in the Costa Rican 2nd Division, the Segunda División de Costa Rica, which is played in two groups.
The players and coaching staff did a sight-seeing tour of Kolkata on Sunday and they are scheduled to take on Pune FC in their first match on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Indian Football Association (IFA) have once again made a few adjustment in the groups and fixtures for the 117th “NVD” IFA Shield 2013.
United Sikkim FC have replaced Mumbai FC who came in as a replacement for Shillong Lajong FC a few days ago, while United Sikkim and Pailan Arrows have changed their groups. The IFA has also adjusted the fixtures due to other commitments of the participating teams.
The group matches will conclude on March 12 with both group winners and runners-up advancing to the semifinals. The dates for the semifinals and the final are yet to be finalised due to East Bengal’s AFC Cup 2013 campaign. East Bengal are scheduled to face Xuan Thanh Saigon FC from Vietnam in an AFC Cup 2013 Group H away match on March 13 and the IFA will announce the dates according to East Bengal’s progress in the IFA Shield.
Deportivo Saprissa U-23 Squad
Diego Angulo, Douglas Forvis, Esteban Luna, Fausto González, Felipe Chavez, Johel Montero, Jonathan Moya, Rodrigo Javier Román, Joseph Gómez, Joshua Munguía, Junior Delgado, Kevin Contreras, Keysher Fuller, Luis A. Solís, Luis Flores, Sergio Córdoba, Ulises Segura
East Bengal Club, Pailan Arrows, Muktijoddha Sangsad KC, Prayag United SC
Mohun Bagan AC, Pune FC, United Sikkim FC, Deportivo Saprissa U-23 (Costa Rica)
03.03.2013 | 14.30 IST | Group A | East Bengal Club – Pailan Arrows
05.03.2013 | 14.30 IST | Group A | Prayag United SC – Pailan Arrows
05.03.2013 | 15.00 IST | Group B | Mohun Bagan AC – Pune FC
06.03.2013 | 14.30 IST | Group A | East Bengal Club – Muktijoddha Sangsad KC
07.03.2013 | 15.00 IST | Group B | Deportivo Saprissa U-23 – Pune FC
08.03.2013 | 15.00 IST | Group B | Mohun Bagan AC – United Sikkim FC
08.03.2013 | 17.30 IST | Group A | East Bengal Club – Prayag United SC
09.03.2013 | 14.30 IST | Group A | Pailan Arrows – Muktijoddha Sangsad KC
10.03.2013 | 15.00 IST | Group B | Mohun Bagan AC – Deportivo Saprissa U-23
10.03.2013 | 15.00 IST | Group B | Pune FC – United Sikkim FC
11.03.2013 | 14.30 IST | Group A | Prayag United SC – Muktijoddha Sangsad KC
12.03.2013 | 15.00 IST | Group B | Deportivo Saprissa U-23 – United Sikkim FC
??.03.2013 | ??.?? IST | Semifinal 1 | Winner Group A – Runners-Up Group B
??.03.2013 | ??.?? IST | Semifinal 2 | Winner Group B – Runners-Up Group A
??.??.2013 | ??.?? IST | Final | Winner Semifinal 1 – Winner Semifinal 2