Footballers turned coaches aspire to become professionals


 It is often said that only the capable succeed. This seems to be true in the case of five young Goan football coaches, one among them being a young lass. The five-some, besides being footballers also hold quality educational qualifications.
In the recently held examinations and tests conducted by a team of well known coaches, both from India and abroad, which include names like Robert Bann of Netherlands, Anthony Scot O of Australia and our own Savio Madeira, Marcus Pacheco and Francisco Brute de Costa, these five young coaches have cleared their ‘C’ certificate with flying colours.
While Ms Janisa Esabella Rodrigues from Calvim,Bardez scored 78%, Gauli Sham Mahadev scored 72% marks,while Fernandes Celvin Sebastiao, Fredy Gomes and Roque Barreto scored 68%, 65% and 63% respectively. These five coaches are the only ones who were declared as pass candidates among the total of 24 who appeared for the examination, both written (theory) and practical.
The examination was conducted by Asian Football Federation in collaboration with AIFF and the GFA and the results were declared on January 21, 2013 through a communiqué to these candidates by the GFA. The examination was held last year from September 10 to 22. All of them aspire to become top professional coaches.
During a brief interaction with The Navhind Times,  Jenisa disclosed that she is a BPEd and a graduate who passed out from St Xavier’s College, Mapusa and Don Bosco, Panjim adding that she is presently teaching in  Kendriya Vidyalaya, Bambolim and has been coaching both boys and girls. She is also a national football player and has represented Goa under-19 and senior nationals for women. She is coaching junior team (boys) of Goa United. All this at just 25.
Gauli Sham Mahadev is the brother of famed India international and Dempo SC player, Mahesh Gauli. A resident of Cuncolim, Panzorconem, Gauli is a Diploma holder in electrical and electronics and has played for Salcete FC and is coaching at present Salcete FC under-16 team. He is 33 years of age.
Fredy Gomes who presently resides in Mapusa is hailing from Quepem and graduated from Government College at Quepem. He also hold a  BPEd degree and is teaching at Don Bosco High School, Panaji.He has been an excellent footballer too and represented Goa U-12 in the nationals held at Kerala. He has achieved good results for his school football team as a coach and praises his principle Fr Domnick Savio of his school for the encouragement in his career. He is 25.
Roque Barreto is a resident of Borda-Margao  and  has the distinction of playing for top teams at the highest level for Tata Football Academy, Churchill Brothers, FC Kochi, Mohammedans Club, Kolkata and was a member of the Indian squad on several occasions; and has played in the pre-Olympics, Pre-World cup matches for India, besides representing Goa several times under different age groups. He too has good educational qualifications but gave up college in between after pursuing his career in football at the highest level. He is 28.
Last but not the least, Fernandes Celvin Sebastioao is a resident of Taleigao and is 30 years old. He is MA, MCom and BPEd and is an SAG coach, coaching at Taleigao and Sancoale centres. He also holds NIS certificate in coaching, besides holding Australian football licence and FA licence from England at level I and level II.
No wonder, therefore that all these five coaches who cleared the toughest ever test held under foreign and India coaches completed the same very successfully and were the proud ones among the 24 who appeared for the examination of ‘C’ certificate.
All of them have expressed their gratitude and thanks to their respective institutions, coaches, AIFF and GFA for the encouragement and coaching tips that they provided for them to follow their dream of completing ‘A’ certificate in football coaching and be professional coaches. Some of them have dreams to coach big professional clubs and given a chance even the country in the future. [NT]