Kuwait’s Navelim YC emerge champs in Bahrain Rodrigues named tourney MVP

KUWAIT CITY, Dec 18: Navelim Youth Centre — Kuwait (NYC) emerged champions of Young Goans Club 7-a-side international football championship defeating Montana Travel Marina FC by a solitary goal in the final of the one-day tournament played recently at the Gulf-Air Club grounds in Salmabad, Bahrain.
Simao scored the decisive goal in the first half off a pass by former Goan senior division star Bernard Pires. Marina FC tried hard for an equaliser but the visitors stood firm in defence while goalkeeper Britto Pereira was at his super-best to claim the trophy for Navelim incidentally in the 25th year of the club’s existence.
Navelim YC were represented by Britto Pereira, Alfred Pires, Joaquim Dias, Nilesh Parmar, Simao Gauncar, Bernard Pires, Gasper Crasto (captain), Cruzedio Rodrigues, Victor Fernandes and Ivo Rodrigues. The team was accompanied by NYC Sports Secretary Avelino Dias, Ex-President Mario Carneiro and PRO Simon Dias, etc, along with other family members.

In the qualification rounds, NYC topped their group and defeated Salcette United 1-0 in the quarters before edging out Nuvem in the semifinals 3-2 through a penalty shoot-out, having drawn their match in regulation time. Marina FC, who were the runners up of group C, edged out a  star-studded Goa Maroons from Kuwait by a solitary goal in the quarters and got the better of Veterans United, another team from Kuwait in the semis by a 2-0 margin. Veterans-Kuwait showed grit and determination to advance till the semis after qualifying for the knockout as the best losing team in the groups.
In the third place play-off Nuvem defeated Veterans-United Kuwait 3-0. Bahrain Goan Veterans won the plate competition defeating Panjim Footballers 2-1 in the tie-breaker.
Curzedio Rodrigues of NYC — Kuwait who scored 5 goals in the tournament was adjudged Most Valuable Player of the Tournament while Ouseph of Assagao Youth Club was awarded Best Goalkeeper of the Tournament.

Anthony D’Mello, Asst Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Church was the chief guest while Mario D’Costa and Erwin of Almoayed Ford Motors were the guests of honour. 
Almoayed Motors Ford were the main sponsors of the tournament. The co-sponsors were Alba, HSBC, Hannover Re Takaful, Rhine Resources, Concorde Travel, Gulf Computer Services, Pabloos, New India Assurance, Trust Re, Jazeera Airways, Selcon, Jalal Travel Agency and Air India.
The tournament held to mark the National Day of Bahrain and Goa Liberation Day was inaugurated with an impressive opening ceremony with all participating teams marching to the grounds with respective flags. National anthems of Bahrain and India were played. Francis Correia, President of the Young Goans Club welcomed the teams and later proposed a vote of thanks.
Gabriel Crasto compered the entire days’ proceedings. Part of the proceeds of the tournament would be donated to Bahrain Mobility International, disclosed a source from Young Goans Club.

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