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Bandodkar Gold Trophy Football Tournament 2016 to kick off today

Bandodkar Gold Trophy Football Tournament 2016

The Bandodkar Gold Trophy Football Tournament is set to kick off today at Duler and Navelim with matches being played simultaneously. Goa’s most prestigious and historic football tournament got a shot in the arm with Goa Football Association (GFA) stepping in to revive it after a gap of over twenty years.

The first games of the tournament will kick off on 20th May 2016 with Salgaocar SC taking on Goa Velha SC at Duler football ground and Churchill Brothers taking on Pune FC at the Navelim football ground simultaneously at 4:15 PM.

In an effort to keep the legacy and spirit of the traditional tournament alive, Goa Football Association (GFA) has stepped in to organize the Bandodkar Gold Trophy Football Tournament 2016, ably supported by the illustrious Bandodkar family.

Slated to be held between 20th May and 1st June 2016, the U-21 tournament will see eight teams battle it out for the prestigious trophy. The tournament will have six teams from Goa – Salgaocar FC, Sporting Clube de Goa, Dempo SC, Churchill Brothers SC, Goa Velha SC and Snows Football Academy and will see participation from two top football academies in Pune – DSK Shivajians and Pune Football Club. The matches will be played at Duler Stadium, Mapusa in north Goa and Navelim Football Ground in south Goa. Matches will kick off at 4.15pm simultaneously across both venues.

The final of the tournament will be played at the newly installed floodlights at the Duler Stadium, Mapusa with the winning team walking away with a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh and the runners up will be awarded Rs. 75 thousand.  The Duler football stadium has been newly renovated an upgraded by the GFA with world class technology and lighting equipment.