Churchill Bros have been invited to attend the AFC Cup workshop to be held on January 15 and 16 in Kuala Lumpur.
CEO Macario Rodrigues stated that since Churchill Bros have been given the privilege of representing India and participating in the reputed AFC Cup championship from March to May, the AFC, trough the AIFF, has asked two officials to attend the 2-day workshop.
The club will delegate its manager Denzie Ferrao from Varca and media officer Watson Fernandes from Cavelossim, disclosed Macario. Denzie will be the liason officer between the AFC and Churchill Bros, responsible for general administration, registration of players and officials to ensure that the team complies with AFC equipment regulations.
Macario explained that Watson’s duties would be to ensure that Churchill Bros fulfill all media obligations, including accreditations to the media. Most importantly, the media officer will have to see that proper media facilities shall be made available especially for pre-match and post-match conferences, match and practice days so as to meet the requirements as per the AFC regulations.
Churchill Bros have been placed in Group E with away matches in Hong Kong, Singapore and Jakarta, while the home matches will be played at Balewadi stadium, Pune. “We have been promised full cooperation by Pune FC’s Chirag and patron Churchill Alemao is making all-out efforts to rope in the Goan community in Pune, besides students from various schools and colleges,” explained Macario, who added that Churchill Bros is a family club since its management does not classify as a corporate house and lies exclusively with the Alemao family members.
Watson, who was elated at being appointed as the media officer, said he was looking forward for the Kuala Lumpur workshop. “I owe it to Churchill and also Valanka for reposing faith in me and it is my duty to reciprocate professionally. Churchill are a great Indian club which came to AIFF’s rescue now filling up the vacant slot by virtue of finishing third in I-League last year due to the withdrawal of Dempo. East Bengal are the other team in AFC Cup. “The fact that Churchill Bros will have to incur additional expenditure for hosting three matches in Pune speaks volumes about Churchill’s commitment and passion for football development and deep love for the football players,” pointed out Watson, who stressed that it was Churchill who was largely responsible for raising the financial status of Goan footballers.
“Presently, Churchill Bros have a great team. They are the best in the current I-League with quality foreign, Goan and other Indian players under a dynamic technical director Subash Bhowmick. So far, the performance has been very encouraging and if they continue with such a consistent showing and even raise the bar still higher, which they are capable of, they can move into the prequarter-finals of AFC Cup, and even go to top the I-league,” remarked young Watson, whose optimism was evident from his vibes. [H]