FC Goa continued strengthening their squad as they signed Keenan Almeida on Friday. The Gaurs had previously roped in Nicolau Colaco to bolster their defense.
“I will like to thank the FC Goa management for the opportunity they have given me today. It’s always a privilege to represent the place you belong to. I had played for Goa in the Santosh Trophy in 2012, but it will be a much bigger platform,” an elated Keenan told Goal after the deal was completed.
The 24-year-old was part of India’s squad for the 2014 Asian Games after featuring regularly for Sporting Clube de Goa the season before. However, following the departure of Oscar Bruzon from the Flaming Oranje, he lost his starting spot to Clemente Joseph who established himself as a starter as the season progressed.
Keenan is now looking forward to the Indian Super League (ISL) to revive his career after spending the last few months on the sidelines.
“I will be working hard to earn a first team spot,” said Keenan, who will be competing against Debabrata Roy and Nicolau Colaco for a starting spot.
The former Sporting Clube de Goa player was also quick to point that he is expecting the next few months to be a major learning experience.
“This will be like a three month long grooming session for me. It will be like a dream come true to practice day in and day out with Lucio. Also I have only heard from friends about Zico and now will be lucky enough to have him as a teacher,” he mentioned.
Keenan becomes the seventh domestic player to join the team with Laxmikant Kattimani, Nicolau Colaco, Victorino Fernandes, Mandar Rao Desai, Romeo Fernandes and Joaquim Abranches being the others. FC Goa are second only to NorthEast United in roping in players from the local region.