Sporting Clube de Goa brought along a very special surprise when they paid a community visit to the Margaret Bosco Bal Sadan orphanage at Bastora, Goa, on Monday.
The Flaming Oranje recently roped in the highly rated Sesa FA trio of defender Ganesh Thakur, midfielder Glan Martins and forward Olvin Cardozo and they were all present for the visit to the orphanage along with Creson Antao and Pratesh Shirodkar.
The young wards from the shelter were excited as they ran to the vehicles to greet the players. After a brief interaction, the boys performed a small exhibition match.
The game ended goalless and moved to penalties, where the club's stars joined in the fun.
Fr. Joe Fernandes and Fr. Kim Fernandes who do an admirable job in looking after these youngsters were also part of the penalty shootout.
The day continued with refreshments following the presentation of the Goa Pro League winners' trophy to the youngsters whose eyes lit up with delight. “You are all winners,” proclaimed winger Shirodkar, before allowing the children to bask in the glory of lifting the coveted cup which Sporting Goa won last season.
“It was a nice feeling to visit these boys,” stated Martins. “If we can inspire these boys to work hard, it is a positive step,” added an equally excited Thakur.
“I joined Sporting Clube de Goa not only for their style of play, but also because the efforts they make to connect with the community in growing Goa’s game. In the past year they have developed an academy, adopted schools, organised grass root tournaments, besides conducting all-Goa trials,” remarked Cardozo.
Sporting Clube de Goa CEO Victor Fernandes was also present along with Team Manager Angelo Albuquerque, General Secretary Edward Noronha and Head of Youth development Mahesh Lotlikar.