Pune FC have added Anthony D’Souza to their roster for the coming 2013-14 season...
Pune FC Head Operations, Chirag Tanna, said: “We have been tracking Anthony for a couple of years now and we are delighted to have signed him. I am certain that he will play an important role for us in the 2013-14 season.”
Siolim-based Anthony joins Pune FC having spent last season at Salgaocar FC where he lit up the 2012 Federation Cup, scoring in each of the three group games in Jamshedpur. Ironically, it was his goal in the final group game that threw Pune FC out of the competition.
Anthony said: “I would like to thank Pune FC for the opportunity. It’s a new challenge and I am ready for it. Honestly, I have never been out of the state (Goa) to play. The challenge that I mean is about coping with the job on hand. I am ready to work hard. My parents support me with this and I am sure I will live up to the expectations.”
Last season was a mixed bag for Anthony as he was part of the sluggish Salgaocar start before an injury put him out for the first half of the season.
The 26-year-old, however, returned to full-fitness in the second half of the season, before making a comeback as a substitute in a Round-21 win over Mumbai FC. This followed with two more games against United SC and Churchill Brothers for Salgaocar.
Before this season he had turned up for Sporting Clube de Goa where the medio logged 5 goals in the 2011-12 season, which included two braces leading him to become the third top scoring Indian midfielder of that season behind fellow left wingers Clifford Miranda and Lalrindika Ralte.
Anthony had also featured and scored his first I-League goal for Sporting Clube back in the 2009-10 season when they were relegated. Anthony continued to be a part of the side that fought back and earned promotion from Division-2 in 2011.
A product of the Sesa Football Academy, Anthony initially joined Sporting in 2006 before spending the 2007-08 season at local Goan club Velsao Pale.