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Goan teams taste sweet victories

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KUWAIT CITY, Oct 16:
Goan clubs in Kuwait have worked hard over the years to carve a niche in Indian
football and keep their flag flying high.

United
Goan Centre have been in the forefront for over 4 decades with their slogan
‘Friendship Through Sports’, while GOA Maroons is the most popular club in the
Gulf – still going strong.

Goan
teams United Goan Centre and GOA Maroons tasted sweet victories in the Kuwait
Indian Football Federation (KIFF) organized Premier League for JP D’Mello
Trophy played at Bayan grounds.

United
Goan Centre (UGC) thrashed Goa Football Club (GFC) 5-0 while Maroons beat FC
Sparx 2-0.

UGC
started off well scoring two quick goals early into the match. GFC had a couple
of opportunities in the first half; however their strikers could not finish
off.   At the start of the second half
too GFC should have scored and equalized the match instead but their strikers
kept missing the target.  At the end, the
match finished with a score of 5-0 in favor of UGC. 

Abhil
scored 2 goals, while Ruming, Anas and Kishore scored 1 goal each.

Abhil
of UGC was adjudged man of the match presented at the hands of UGC President
Tony Alphonso.

FC
Sparx took on GOA Maroons in the second match of the day. 

FC
Sparx, known for their beautiful passing game dominated possession in the
match. Their midfield was very strong and skillful. However, Maroons played
counter attacking football and were cautious not to concede any goals.

Both
teams failed to test the goalkeepers early on but Maroons knew from experience
how to win maximum points. It was all settled with two corner kicks and two
goals for Maroons scored by Steven and Carlton. Peter of GOA Maroons who took
the vital corner kicks was adjudged man of the match presented by Cajetan
Pereira. Matches were officiated by KIFF Referees namely Christopher, Bawa,
Rosario, Bernard, Robert, Clarence and George.

The
KIFF season is sponsored by M/s Gulf Cable & Electrical Industries Co.

The
league is the major competition for participating teams played in two groups
for a round-robin league.

Top
4 teams from each group will qualify for a home-and-away type double-match
semifinal knockout.

The
season will culminate with a grand finale scheduled for April 17, 2020.  Participating clubs for the league include:
AVC Sports & Cultural Assc, All Kerala Football Club (AKFC), Don Bosco
Oratory, FC Sparx, GOA Maroons, Goa FC, Indian Strikers, Pen Friends United,
Jahra XI, Warriors FC, United Goan Centre.

Fixtures on Oct 18,
2019 are as follows:

6:45
am – Don Bosco Oratory vs Jahra XI FC

8:00
am – AVC vs Warriors FC

9:00
am – AKFC vs Indian Strikers FC United Goan Centre will be the day’s
organizers.

By Gasper Crasto

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