Salgaocar to start pre-season practice sessions on Tuesday amidst doubts over I-League future

The Greens, one of the most decorated clubs of the nation, will start their preparations for another season of football. What lies ahead, is the question on top of everyone's mind.

Goan giant Salgaocar will start their pre-season practice session on Tuesday morning under the newly appointed coach Norberto Gonsalves.

The club had announced that they will be pulling out of the next I-League along with fellow Goan outfit Sporting Clube de Goa, citing All India Football Federation's (AIFF) nonchalance towards their interests as the major reason for withdrawal. However, the tide has turned a bit in the last couple of weeks, with top AIFF officials taking part in a discussion with the owners of the two clubs in Goa. Another meeting, slated to be held in Delhi in the last week of July, can bring the whole saga to an end.

While the players and the coaching staff will be eager to take part in the top flight league of the nation, the ensuing Goa league is the primary focus of team at the moment.

The club has released long-time servant Rocus Lamare, who had represented the club in the last eleven seasons. The likes of Augustin Fernandes, Karanjit Singh and Albino Gomes will all be unavailable while youngsters like Mackroy Pexioto and Jovel Martins have been signed. Both of them were part of the Sporting set-up, when Norbert was an assistant coach there.

"We will be assembling tomorrow and I will see in which areas we need further reinforcement. We will be promoting a number of young players to the senior team and we need to assess their quality. Some of them will be registered for the Goa league. The local competition will remain our focus now and after the final decision about participation in I-League is taken, we will probably take a decision about the foreigners,"  Gonsalves, who had coached Fransa in the National Football League (NFL) earlier, told Goal.