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Derrick Pereira has revealed that Salgaocar FC will be beginning with their pre-season by this month end as they still have some business left in the transfer window.
"We will assemble and start doing all the medicals from the 15th of this month. We will start training from the 31st onwards. We have completed very few signings till now. We have got in Dawson [Fernandes], Gurjinder [Kumar] and Othallo Tabia," the Goan told Goal.
"This season we are keeping players in positions which we require and from whom we can get some quality in the team. We have retained the players who have performed last year and who were our regulars. Foreigners, we are still trying to convince," he added.
The only prominent exception however is that of winger Francis Fernandes quitting the club despite having a year left on his contract.
The coach of the Green and Whites admitted having had issues in the left back position which now seems covered with the signing of Gurjinder, who is represented by Libero Sports, played under him at Pune FC.
However Pereira’s hopes to keep the same strikeforce as last season don’t look bright. Dudu Omagbemi, who joined them in February and Darryl Duffy led the front-line very well last term.
"Since last year we were struggling to get a left back and a midfielder. We have signed Douhou Pierre and Gurjinder. I would have definitely preferred to keep the same strike force,” he mentioned.
Dawson had suffered a knee injury in November last year that ruled him out for the rest of the 2013-14 season. Pereira confirmed that the striker is recovering well and has begun with light training.
Besides former player Francis Fernanes, Clifton Dias has been called up by India coach Wim Koevermans for the preparatory camp of the Asian Games.
"He (Dias) is a good player, although he has a long way to go. He works hard, is sincere and a honest guy. It all depends on how he fits into Wim's team," remarked the Salgaocar coach.
Meanwhile Derrick Pereira has also been included in a three-member technical committee to discuss the roadmap for the Under-17 World Cup that India has won the bid to host in 2017.
When asked for his comments on the same, he replied, "They just sent me an email regarding my confirmation. Rob Baan (AIFF’s Technical Director) has already prepared a plan and I think we will be discussing on the same lines. I want to wait and see what will be our role. After the first meeting I will be in a position to put out my own thoughts as well.
"The U-17 World Cup will give Indian football a push for sure," Pereira concluded.
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