I-League - Shrinivas Dempo: 'Dempo SC will reach greater heights'

The Goan club's owner was commendatory of his coach Mauricio Afonso's achievements, believes club have a new chapter to write in Indian football..

Ask any team owner what the proudest moment of their tenure will be and 99 per cent will tell you that it's the feeling of pure joy in seeing your team succeed after fighting through bad form and adversity. 

Shrinivas Dempo is now enjoying his Copa de Vino, after watching his Golden Eagles bag promotion back to the I-League from the second division. The Dempo owned-team beat Chandigarh based Minerva FC 3-1, in a promotion deciding encounter, at the Fatorda stadium in Goa. 

The Carnegie-Mellon MBA graduate himself was at pains when this time last season, he saw his former I-League and National Football League (NFL) champions relegated to the second tier after a disastrous campaign under Arthur Papas and Trevor Morgan.  

Nevertheless, Dempo's coaching staff have ensured the club's top flight draught is restricted to just one season, and the owner was himself in pugilistic mood.

"This is special because it comes when the club is celebrating 50 years and it helps us vindicate our stand that Dempo SC is here to stay," clarified Dempo, the patron-in-chief, on his teams achievement of promotion back to the big time. 

"When we lost last year, there were rumours that the team was being phased out because of the ISL. I first want to thank the fans, coach Mauricio and the players for their work,” claimed the joyous 47 year-old to The Navhind Times.

“The head room available this year in the Second Division was not much. The competition was tough but we took it as a challenge to qualify. The club will reach greater heights as the years roll by,” concluded a confident Dempo scion, eager to ensure his club's legacy lived on.