The Goan club have moved to replace Ekendra Singh after the club's fortunes were going from bad to worse after defeat to basement club Air India.Sporting Clube de Goa have roped in former Spaniard Oscar Bruzon Barreras to replace Ekendra Singh as head coach, after club chairman Peter Vaz decided to act in hopes of arresting the Goan club's slide.
Sporting's 0-1 defeat to Air India was their third straight loss and leaves them on 7 points from 9 games played in the I-League. Unlike the Kolkata sides, who have failed to dominate the teams from the north-east, Sporting have registered victories over Shillong Lajong (away) and United Sikkim (home).
The Flaming Oranje, after a disastrous Durand Cup, had a Federation Cup campaign to forget when they crashed out in the group stages and when the Goans were not performing well early in the I-League season, it was attributed to the fact that they did not have enough quality foreign players in their squad. Peter Vaz heeded this call and responded by signing Nigerian international striker Junior Obiora and Japanese forward Seiya Sugishita.
Though the new recruits are faring relatively well in the league with Obiora scoring two goals in the six games he has played, Sporting's fortunes did not change as they put in one mediocre performance after another though they were at the receiving end of some questionable refereeing as well. The defeat to Air India was the last straw for Vaz and he moved to replace Ekendra Singh.
"Oscar came to India last year and spent a month with us training to keep his fitness levels up. Thereafter he joined SPT Sports Management and was head of football development and training there. Under him were another three Spanish coaches and many Indian coaches as well. We hope that his signing shall turn the fortunes of our club in the remaining season," Victor Fernades, CEO of Sporting Clube de Goa told Goal.com.
Bruzon has played in the second division of the Spanish League in his career. He has coached the U-14 and U-16 sides of Celta Vigo and Areosa C.F. Bruzon held the post of Corporate Bank Branch Manager at Caja Badajoz and Business Manager for Corporates at Banco Santander respectively.
According to Goal.com sources, Ekendra Singh shall continue to be a part of the Sporting coaching set up and will most likely train the goalkeepers while Alex Alvares will remain as the assistant coach.
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