FC Goa, on Monday, announced a 27-member squad, comprising 10 players from the state, for the upcoming edition of the Indian Super League. FC Goa’s squad features six overseas signings, one of whom is from an AFC member nation. While the league regulations mandate a minimum of four U-23 players to be present in the clubs’ squads, the Gaurs team features nine such names.
Coached by former FC Goa player Carlos Pena, the squad consists of homegrown footballers, such as Hrithik Tiwari, Leander D’Cunha, Saviour Gama, Lesly Rebello, Princeton Rebello and Lalremruata HP. Among them, Lesly and Lalremruata are newly promoted, following their success with the Dev Team over the past few years.
The squad also features two new faces with prior ISL experience with Arshdeep Singh and Alvaro Vazquez joining the squad after spells at Odisha FC and Kerala Blasters respectively. “All of the Club’s new signings, namely, Arshdeep Singh, Fares Arnaout, Marc Valiente, Ayush Chhetri, Noah Sadaoui, Iker Guarrotxena and Alvaro Vazquez are expected to make their first ISL appearances for the club this season,” FC Goa said in a release.
Coach Pena was a part of the club’s Super Cup-winning side in 2019 and the ISL League Winners’ Shield-winning squad in 2020. He will be assisted by Gouramangi Singh, Gorka Azkorra, Joel Dones and Eduard Carrera who are all part of the coaching staff. The ninth season of ISL begins from October 7.
Squad: Goalkeepers: Dheeraj Singh, Arshdeep Singh, Hrithik Tiwari Defenders: Sanson Pereira, Anwar Ali, Fares Arnaout, Leander D’Cunha, Marc Valiente, Seriton Fernandes, Saviour Gama, Aibanbha Dohling, Lesly Rebello Midfielders: Brandon Fernandes (Captain), Princeton Rebello, Ayush Chhetri, Phrangki Buam, Makan Chothe, Redeem Tlang, Edu Bedia, Glan Martins, Brison Fernandes, Muhammed Nemil, Lalremruata HP Forwards: Noah Sadaoui, Devendra Murgaokar, Iker Guarrotxena, Alvaro Vazquez
Coaching Staff: Carlos Pena (Head Coach), Gouramangi Singh (Assistant Coach), Gorka Azkorra (Assistant Coach), Joel Dones (Strength and Conditioning Coach), Eduard Carrera (Goalkeeping Coach).