I-League update - Dempo SC begin pre-season training

The Golden Eagles were put through their paces under the watchful eyes of Mauricio Afonso as they began their early drills...

Dempo Sports Club began their pre-season training for the forthcoming season, at Duler Stadium, in Mapusa, on Monday.

The I-League second division champions, are set to begin their campaign in the Durand Cup that begins from August 28th in Delhi.

The inaugural training session of the season began with an introductory process for the new signings to get to know the current squad members, followed by a fitness session for coach Mauricio Afonso to evaluate the physical condition of the players.

The Golden Eagles have retained a clutch of their players from last season, namely  Romeo Fernandes, Felix Odili Chidi, Chika Wali, Beevan Dmello, Milagres Gonsalves and Mandar Rao Dessai.

In addition to this, they have signed six new players in Adil Khan, Joaquim Abranches, Mario Mascarenhas, Priyant Singh, Assumption Soares and Flexburn Souza to bolster the squad that won back promotion.

While Dempo's participation in the forthcoming I-League campaign is still shrouded in uncertainty, club owner Shrinivas Dempo has informed the new signings that Dempo SC will not shut shop.

It will be interesting to see if the five time I-League champions chooses to return to India's premier football competition or decides to boycott he I-League along with Salgaocar FC and Sporting Clube de Goa.

Squad: Tyson Caiado (GK),  Priyant Singh(GK),  Shallum Pires, Meldon Dsilva, Beevan Dmello, Milagres Gonsalves, Vineet Bugde, Samir Naik, Mandar Rao Dessai, Aiken Dias, Romeo Fernandes, Naveen Mendes, Nickson Castanha, Aniston Fernandes, Germanpreet Singh, Jayson Lucas, Aaron Rodrigues, Kapil Hoble, Myron Fernandes, Deryl Endro, Ali Mohammad, Velito Cruz, Hayden Fernandes,Adil Khan, Joaquim Abranches, Mario Mascarenhas, Assumption Soares, Flexburn Souza, Felix Odili Chidi (F), Chika Wali (F)