Tuesday , May 17 2022

SC East Bengal sign Sarineo Fernandes, Romeo Fernandes & Subha Ghosh!

Indian Super League side SC East Bengal have announced the signing of the trio of Sarineo Fernandes, Romeo Fernandes and Subha Ghosh.

While Sarineo Fernandes and Romeo Fernandes have joined from FC Goa, meanwhile Subha Ghosh returns to Kolkata from the Kerala Blasters.

Sarineo Fernandes spent four years with FC Goa having joined them in 2017 from Dempo SC. Donning FC Goa colours, Fernandes bagged the winner’s medals in the Goa Pro League, TACA Goa Championship (GFA U-20 Cup), and the Goa Police Cup. The youngster was part of FC Goa’s unbeaten campaign in the Durand Cup in 2019.

“I am absolutely thrilled to join SC East Bengal. It is a dream come true to play for such a big club. Every footballer in India wants to don the red and gold colours and I am glad I got the opportunity,” Fernandes said. “I will try and give my best every day. I know the fans are very passionate about the club and that adds to the responsibility. I believe I can grow as a player in this club, on and off the field,” added the 22-year old.

Sarineo Fernandes began his football career with local Goan side Young Strikers of Benaulim in the GFA U-14 Division in 2013, joining Salgaocar FC and, subsequently, Sporting Clube de Goa. He made his debut in the Goa Professional League with FC Bardez Goa and then joined Dempo SC on loan. Fernandes was then roped in by FC Goa and featured for their developmental teams thereafter. Sarineo was promoted to the senior team ahead of ISL 2020-21.

Romeo Fernandes, 29, was with FC Goa for their maiden AFC Champions League campaign, helping the Gaurs hold Qatari side Al Rayyan to a goalless draw in the team’s opening encounter.

The Assolna-born footballer donned East Bengal colours in 2016-17, on loan from FC Goa.

“I can’t express how happy I am. This season is a big challenge for me and I can’t wait to take the field for SC East Bengal. I have played for this club before and I know the passion surrounding this institution,” said Romeo after putting pen to paper for the Red-and-Gold Brigade.

“Personally and for the team, I have goals in mind and I will give my all in training everyday to realise those goals. I am taking one day at a time now and just keeping my focus intact. I am thankful to the SC East Bengal management for providing me with this opportunity,” added Romeo who set the ISL on fire in his first three seasons with FC Goa.

Romeo became the first Indian footballer to play professionally in Brazil when he signed for Atlético Paranaense in 2015, riding on his stellar performances in the league. On his return from Brazil, Romeo was an integral part of the FC Goa side which reached the ISL 2015 final. After making 49 appearances for Goa in the first four seasons, Romeo moved to Delhi Dynamos and later Odisha FC.

Romeo had a memorable time under Brazilian legend and former FC Goa head coach Zico, scoring six of his seven goals and registering seven of nine assists in the ISL over three seasons.

The 20-year-old Subha Ghosh from Kolkata shot to prominence after helping Mohun Bagan AC win the 2019-20 I-League, scoring three goals in eight appearances under head coach Kibu Vicuna.

“For a local boy who has grown up watching East Bengal and Mohun Bagan play, it is a always a proud feeling to don their shirts. I cannot express how happy I am after signing for SC East Bengal. I know I can grow here and give my best,” Ghosh said after putting pen to paper for the club.

“I know how passionate the fans are about this club and what it means to them. Playing for SC East Bengal means a lot of responsibility and I am ready for the challenge. Also, I am looking forward to working with a legend like Robbie Fowler. Being a striker myself, I am sure I will get to learn so much everyday from him,” Ghosh added.

An academy product of Mohun Bagan, Ghosh made his senior debut for the green and maroon outfit during the 2019-20 I-League season. He was part of the ATK Mohun Bagan setup in the first half of ISL 2020-21 season before re-uniting with Kibu Vicuna at Kerala Blasters.

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