A 14 goal-haul last season has catapulted him into Koevermans’ good books and now wants to become a regular for the national side...
Sporting Clube De Goa’s hitman, Dawson Fernandes has been named among the 30 probables by the Indian national coach Wim Koevermans for the friendly against Tajikistan to be played on the 14th of August.
Speaking to The Herald in Goa, Dawson, was barely able to hide his glee and expressed his excitement and gratitude by saying, ”My hard work has finally been recognised. It was only due to support from Sporting Clube De Goa’s president, Peter Vaz, who had full faith in me. Also the management and coaches have backed me during my highs and lows. I thank them all for believing in me and giving me an opportunity to prove myself. The call for the national team is just the start. I have a long way to go and want to prove my potential to both coaches Oscar Bruzon and Wim Koevermans.”
The Salgaocar FC youth product has represented his team through various championships, eventually representing his state at the U-19 national championship and was captain for the U-21 Goa side for the final of Dutta Trophy in 2009-10, which his team won thanks to a solitary goal from Dawson, defeating hosts Haryana.
Dawson revealed, ”I remember playing in the Dutta Roy trophy finals against Haryana. Our rivals were in fine form as they had a 100% winning record and were pitted as favourites. We tried hard in the first session but found it difficult to settle due to poor underfoot conditions. I was delighted when I scored that goal and I will always cherish that particular moment.”
On account of his brilliant performances, Dawson earned a senior team promotion at the age of seventeen and stayed there for the next three seasons winning the 2009-10 I-League with Salgaocar despite failing to feature in any of the games.
The move to Sporting Clube De Goa was forced on account of Dawson’s less playing time which in turn affected his morale. “When I left Salgaocar I was without a club and low on confidence. It was Sporting Club de Goa that nurtured my talent and I went on to earn ten caps, scoring nine goals in all competitions” expressed Dawson.
Dawson had become a regular at Sporting Clube de Goa last season scoring fourteen goals in all competitions. It has also been revealed that Dawson has taken measures to increase his fitness during the off-season in an effort to increase his goal scoring ratio.
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