"I am very happy. So much that I cannot explain," said the 16-year-old who was part of the India U-16 team that made it to the final phase of the AFC U-16 Championship.
The right-back was also part of the 16-member squad who were sponsored a trip USA to train at the IMG Soccer Academy at Florida for nine months.
"It's a good feeling. I'd like to go in hopes of becoming a better footballer. I'm sure there will be good facilities," said the excited youngster.
The striker has won the Manchester United U-15 All India finals with Salgaocar and represented the Goan club at the Manchester United Premier Cup (MUPC) Internationals in Thailand where they finished as semi-finalists.
"It's a good chance for me as not many boys get an opportunity of this kind to prove yourself. I'm looking forward and will give my best," said Klins.
The central midfielder had traveled with Colin Toal's India U-16 side on a training trip to Dubai ahead of the final phase of the AFC U-16 tournament earlier this year but didn't make the final squad back then.
|The club president Mr. Shivanand Salgaocar also congratulated the trio while stressing on the objective of Salgaocar's Youth Development Programme.
“I am happy that our Youth Development Programme is meeting its objective of nourishing local talent and providing the boys with opportunities, whether it be international exposure, prospects with the national team or graduating into the senior teams of I-League clubs," he said. "Congratulations to Myron, Aldrich and Klins – this is a great opportunity for them. I’m sure that this is only the beginning of many good things to come.”
The following is the complete list of players who were recently felicitated by Salgaocar FC upon being spotted by international academies and the national academy:
|Bipin Malik (Blackburn Rovers)|
|Myron Mendes (India U-16 player & joining ASD Cape Town in January)|
|Aldrich Coelho (selected by ASD Cape Town – to join in January)|
|Klints Mendes (selected by ASD Cape Town – to join in January)|
|Hayden Fernandes (joined AIFF Academy)|
|Jesmon Soares (AIFF Camp for trials)|
|Delbert Fernandes (AIFF Camp for trials)|
|Ruflon Fernandes (AIFF Camp for trials)|
|Clyde Fernandes (AIFF Camp for trials)|
|Brandon Fernandes (ASD Capetown)|
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