Thursday , March 23 2023

25 Goans feature in FC Goa’s squad for 2nd Division League 2022-23!

Four first-team players, namely, Hrithik Tiwari, Lesly Rebello, Lalremruata HP and Muhammed Nemil have been included in the FC Goa squad for the upcoming 2022-23 season of the 2nd Division League.

A total of 30 players, most of whom are part of the Club’s Development Team, have been selected to the squad. Two players – Prachit Gaonkar and Saish Gaunkar – from the Gaurs’ U-17 team, have also made the cut.

Deggie Cardozo, the head coach of the FC Goa Development Team, will lead the charge for the Gaurs in the 2nd Division League. He will be assisted by Sugitesh Mandrekar, the Dev Team Assistant Coach.

“For the 2nd Division League, I have with me a squad of players who not only are young and enthusiastic in regard to the challenge ahead. They have also been together with each other for a long time, which we believe will go a long way in getting the best out of each other,” Cardozo said to

“The main objective of playing in the 2nd Division League is to give the players more game time and also an opportunity for them to understand and experience a higher level of football, as we did in the Durand Cup last year. That said, we do not want to just be a part of the league – we are working hard in training to be in the best possible shape ahead of the matches, and we want to leave a lasting impression whenever we play.

“To develop players individually and as a team, we wanted different kinds of opportunities, which was absent in the past two years. But now, with the 2nd Division League returning, we’re looking forward to continuing our process of growth. At FC Goa, players’ development remains one of the key focus areas, which is why we cherish this opportunity that enables us to play regularly,” the FC Goa coach concluded.

Drawn alongside Mumbai-based Ambernath United Atlanta FC, ARA FC from Ahmedabad, Dempo SC and Hyderabad FC Reserves in Group D, FC Goa will kick-start their 2nd Division League campaign with an away clash against local rivals Dempo SC. The match will take place at the Dempo Academy Ground on March 15.

The Boys in Orange will play their first home match in the league on March 30, when they take on Ambernath United Atlanta FC at the Nagoa Panchayat Ground.


Hansel Coelho, Bob Jackson, Hrithik Tiwari

Deeshank Kunkalikar, Versly Paes, Leewan Castanha, Rayan Roger Menezes, Reezvon Fernandes, Salman Faris, Delzan Passanha, Manushawn Fernandes, Aditya Salgaonkar, Mallikjan Kalegar, Lesly Rebello

Vellington Fernandes, Shannon Viegas, Rayan Menezes, Anthony Fernandes, Malsawmtluanga, Prachit Gaonkar, Lalremruata HP

Velroy Fernandes, Jovial Dias, Salgeo Dias, Mevan Dias, Delton Colaco, Vasim Inamdar, Jordan Borges, Muhammed Nemil, Saish Gaunkar

It is worth noting that the Gaurs’ squad for the league features 25 homegrown players from Goa, a testament to the Club’s efforts in developing football in the state.

Match Schedule

15-Mar-23: Dempo SC – FC Goa Dev Team
19-Mar-23: ARA FC – FC Goa Dev Team
30-Mar-23: FC Goa Dev Team – Ambernath United Atlanta FC
03-Apr-23: Hyderabad FC Reserves – FC Goa Dev Team
07-Apr-23: Ambernath United Atlanta FC – FC Goa Dev Team
15-Apr-23: FC Goa Dev Team – Dempo SC
20-Apr-23: FC Goa Dev Team – ARA FC
23-Apr-23: FC Goa Dev Team – Hyderabad FC Reserves

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