BY ANSELM NORONHA Follow @apnoronha on twitter
Dempo SC unveiled their new kit for the upcoming season with club chairman Shrinivas Dempo, head coach Arthur Papas, assistant coach Mauricio Afonso and fitness coach Raffael Napoli being present at the ceremony, on Saturday.
Nike India has introduced a sky blue patch on the sleeves which will be combined with a black lead on the home jersey.
The shirt in itself has been made with a lighter and player friendly DriFit material which is designed to absorb more sweat and hence enable the athlete to retain moisture and remain cool during the game.
Shrinivas Dempo with the home jersey
Shrinivas Dempo officially introduced Arthur Papas at the event, along with his Australian compatriot Raffael Napoli who is in charge of the team's diet and nutrition besides their physical fitness.
"The last eight years have been quite successful. It throws a lot of new challenges and also a lot of pressure to remain in the top order and fight for titles. I welcome Papas to the team and I'm sure that he has a vision for the team. Our main objective will be to develop the youth level and Papas has also promised us that he will oversee that as well," Dempo told reporters.
"I would also like to thank the contribution of [former coach] Armando Colaco who has brought a lot of success to the club. In fact, when Dempo got relegated in the year 2000, the family was thinking of closing the club - not football, but Armando convinced us to keep going," he added.
Athur Papas displaying the away jersey
Papas earlier revealed of his plans for the season in an exclusive conversation with GOAL, wherein the former Pailan Arrows tactician highlighted the transitional phase the club is undergoing.
"Our main aim is to keep the team match fit. We have to respect the change of cultures in this part of the world, so even if we have to introduce a different kind of a diet we will do it gradually," said Napoli.
Assistant coach Mauricio Afonso also spoke about the chance to learn from a new coach in Arthur Papas. He said, "Every coach comes with a different style of play. Whoever the coach is, I keep on learning a lot of new things whenever we interact."
Dempo SC kick-off their season in the Goa League with a match against Churchill Brothers SC at the Duler football stadium on Monday 5 August.
List of players for 2013-14
Goalkeepers: Laxmikant Kattimani, Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, Tyson Caiado
Defenders: Prathamesh Maulingkar, Mahesh Gawli, Creson Antao, Shallum Pires, Debabrata Roy, Jessel Carneiro, Simon Colosimo
Midfielders: Clifford Miranda, Godwin Franco, Peter Carvalho, Mandar Rao Dessai, Aniston Fernandes, Romeo Fernandes, Gabriel Fernandes, Jewel Raja, Roberto Mendes da Silva, Nickson Castanha
Forwards: Joy Ferrao, Billy Mehmet, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Myron Fernandes.
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