Curtorim is a village which has produced many top footballers-national as well as international. And to top it all, this village can proudly boast of also producing one of the top football coach of the country in Armando Colaco who himself was an international footballer.
Presently, Curtorim village has two well balanced football teams one of which is Wilred Leisure SC which is playing in the Goa professional league and Curtorim Gymkhana which is doing quite well in the first division. Presently Curtorim Gymkhana is second on the league table, three points behind leaders Laxmi Prasad and if they win all their remaining engagements, the team would brighten its chances of getting promoted to the Goa Pro League.
Curtorim Gymkhana has lifted numerous inter-village football tournaments and the team is surely the envy of many in the state. The team always plays bravely with a lion’s heart and never gives up.
On the team’s recent defeat by Corps of Signals in the first division, club president, Mr Arnaldo Costa denied that the loss was a set back to the team’s quest for the title. “You see we played very well and could have won the match but the lone goal that the Signals team scored against us was never expected as our keeper Johnson thought the ball was moving out, but suddenly it entered the nets.”
“I must say that our team can surely come back on the right track of winning the league title. We can surely reach our target,” Mr Costa told The Navhind Times.
Mr Costa made it amply clear that his club was definitely eyeing promotion. “Of course promotion into Goa league is our goal. That’s our present destination though our team has the distinction of winning many inter-village football titles.”
“We are very close to it and we can close the gap with Laxmi Prasad which is a good team as well. You see, our team can face challenges and the boys have the potential to have a turn around by winning all their remaining matches given the vast talent the youngsters in the team have. Nothing is impossible to reach to the top,” he contended.
Curtorim Gym have a very proud record at the inter-village tournaments. “We have won 4 finals this season and lost one. In six we have been semi-finalists. Our club is in 1st Division having played 9 rounds and are unbeaten till date with 21 points,” Mr Costa reminded.
Asked how did the team succeed at the inter-village level, Mr Costa said:“Our success in inter-village and 1st Division league is because we work like a team. There is a very good coordination within our committee, members, players and coaching staff. It is largely due to villagers, fans and supporters. Discipline is our main goal. We have got youth teams in the U-12 and U-14 group coached by Robert Fernandes and Joaquim Gunja.” [NT]