Sporting Clube de Goa will aim to kick start their season when they lock horns with Sesa Football Academy in round three of the Goa Pro League at the Duler Stadium in Mapusa on Wednesday. The kick-off time is 16.00 IST.
Sporting Goa is the reigning champions of the league and with that tag naturally means every team raises their performance, which makes every SCG game a mouth watering prospect.
“The league is tremendously more competitive this season. Last year there were as much as three significantly weaker teams. That’s not the case this time around which can only be good for the lovely spectators,” remarked Sporting Goa Coach Oscar Bruzon.
Sporting Goa is currently on 2 points from two games, while Sesa Football Academy has a single point from their first two encounters.
Sporting Goa has drawn 1-1 with Salgaocar and 1-1 with Dempo SC. On both occasions against I-League opponents, it was India International Victorino Fernandes who came off the bench to net the equaliser for the Panjim outfit.
Sesa lost their opening game to Cavelossim 1-2, where Alber Gonsalves netted a consolation goal and in their second game they were held to a 1-1 draw by Vasco SC and Alber again found the back of the net.
Incidentally Victorino for Sporting Goa and Alber for Sesa are the only two players to net two goals from the first two rounds and it will be interesting to see if they can keep up their goal per game ratio.
“We have already played Sesa in a friendly game this season and I can tell you they give 200%. We are a better team and if we give 200% we will be successful,” stated Oscar.
When the teams met last season, Sporting Goa defeated Sesa Football Academy 2-0 on two separate occasions. The first victory came in the Goa Pro League courtesy of goals from Victorino and Boima Jerry Karpeh, while the second meeting was at the Super League stage where Joseph Pereira bagged a brace for the Flaming Oranje.
The League’s top goal scorer last season, Boima Karpeh has only just returned from Australia in the last 48 hours after securing his visa and SCG Coach Oscar has not yet decided if he will field him.
“We have got seven matches remaining and if we want to retain our title we are targeting twenty-one points, starting with three against Sesa,” signed off Oscar.