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Ahead of Dempo SC's clash with United Sikkim, here is what the Goan coach had to say about the whole John Matkin trial episode among other things...

In an exclusive chat with, Dempo SC's Armando Colaco revealed his side of the story regarding United Sikkim player John Landa Matkin’s trial with his side a few months back. This was after the latter had come out in the open and claimed that the trial was handled ‘unprofessionally’ by the Goan side.

The experienced manager was extremely upset at such allegations directed towards his side. “How dare he say something like that about Dempo?” he questioned furiously. He was also quick to add this, “We never invited him for a trial; it was on the request of one of his close associates who is known to us that we gave him an opportunity to have a trial with us, and now he goes on and says such things about us?”

The 59-year old coach went on to reveal that the club even requested their former player Rohan Ricketts to allow Matkin to stay over at his place till the trial was done, so that it helps him to get accustomed to the surroundings. Colaco then went on to urge foreign players such as Matkin not be judgmental and also advised them not to speak as they wish about matters they know not much about.

“Just because he scored a goal against Churchill on debut, he does not have the right to make such accusations”, he complained.

Being a long standing servant of Indian football, the Dempo coach went on to state that football, especially Indian football faces a lot of challenges these days and involves a lot of complexities. He expressed his concern over new additions such as Matkin not being cautious in their approach and found them guilty of expressing themselves at their own liberty.

Stating the recently suspended and subsequently released Rohan Ricketts’ example, he said, “We took him on trial and felt we could use his mobility and technique to suit our game, so we got him on board. But after a point even in his case we couldn’t do much."

He also went on to say that in Matkin's case, there were quite a few difficulties being faced by the club with respect to the rule that only four foreign players (inclusive of one Asian) can be registered and it was hard to involve the Mexican-American in the scheme of things at Dempo Sports Club.

Colaco, who has been under continuous pressure following the recent 5-1 home drubbing at the hands of Pune FC, openly admitted that it was a huge debacle to his side. He even revealed that his side has been struggling with injuries but was positive about an upturn in form in the coming weeks.

“The 5-1 drubbing by Pune FC was a major disappointment but we are moving on. There are a lot of injuries in the squad at the moment, but yes, the boys are working hard and we hope for positive results in the coming weeks."

For Dempo’s sake, their good run should start this weekend against second from bottom United Sikkim Football Club, who would most probably field John Matkin from the outset.

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