BY ANSELM NORONHA Follow @apnoronha on twitter
Arthur Papas is back in Goa after a long hiatus after having to head back home ‘Down Under’ due to personal reasons. In his absence, Dempo SC haven’t had the best of times in the I-League as they are placed 10th on the table from 16 matches.
Papas explained that despite the results not going in their favour, there is a real intent amongst those involved at the club to ensure that they achieve consistency and ‘arrest’ the downward spiral.
“I am content with the progress of the whole club since beginning but I know to reach the level or the professionalism required there is still some work to do. The positive is that there is a real enthusiasm from many within the club to reach this level.
“On the field it has not been as smooth as we would like but is not a complete surprise when you take into consideration for the last six months of the previous season the club won only one match, so to arrest this trend has been a great challenge but one I am committed to seeing through and I have a real belief in this playing group to make a positive start to 2014," he told Goal.
One of the criticisms leveled against Papas’ Dempo has been the less number of Goan players in the starting eleven, which wasn’t the case in the past. However, on being asked to share his vision for the Golden Eagles for 2014, he was quick to highlight the need to bring in talented youngsters from the western state.
“For 2014 we need to further streamline the processes in all areas of the club both on and off the field. It is important that moving towards the following season we identify and recruit more talented Goan players who have the correct character to be part of this club - that is a big priority because there needs to be a long term plan that covers all areas and becomes sustainable.“For example this is the reason for the signing of Sahil Tavora and there will be more over the ensuing months like this. This is also a major reason we must establish an academy and invest in facilities because you cannot keep signing from everywhere else. Up until today, the club only survives due to the generosity of our chairman (Shrinivas Dempo) and this should not be the case in the future.”
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