Not very long ago, Salcete Football Club was known to be the nursery of football in Goa, having produced many national and international players of repute.
The tag of being the ‘nursery of football’ now seems to have been claimed by Loyola High School as it has produced class footballers in recent times which includes Brandon Fernandes who is now training in Africa. Another fantastic find from this school is 18-year-old Meldon D’Silva who is now donning Wilred Leisure colours, a professional outfit.
“Meldon D’Silva is very dependable defender and has a bright future in football,” stated Wilred Leisure coach Charles. He described this talented lad as a dedicated and hard working footballer and it appears that top clubs have an eye on Meldon, especially with his defensive skills showing up in top games.
Presently studying in Std 12th in Rosary Higher Secondary School, Navelim, Meldon took to football at the age of 10 from Loyola High School where Physical Education teacher Mr Cajetan Fernandes gave him the basic lessons in football and then he went on to represent Goa in the U-12 for boys at the tender age of 11 itself at Chennai nationals where Goa finished as runners-up.
At the age of 12, he travelled to Portugal and Sri Lanka along with the Goan team of this age group where he benefited greatly under the Protuguese coach Daniel.
Meldon represented Goa in all age groups like 13, (Chennai nationals), 14 (Calcutta Nationals), 16 (Delhi Nationals) and 18 (Kolkata Nationals).
Though only 18, he was the member of Goa team for boys under-19 at Kolkota Nationals as well.
He also represented Goa in the school nationals held in Goa for boys under-14 and under-19 where Goa emerged as the winners in both these nationals.
Very few defenders have the knack of launching attacks and taking part very actively in scoring goals and Meldon belongs to one of these group of defenders wherein he scored a goal against Taleigao in a tournament off a defection and then again did the same thing at Curtorim scoring a goal through a header.
Meldon has travelled to Manchester in the UK in 2009 for training and then he visited Abu Dhabi and Thailand where he witnessed action for India under-16 team where India performed fairly well.
Meldon disclosed that he has a strong desire to be a good footballer and bring name for the state as well as the country and no doubt Meldon surely has the potential. [NT]