Sesa stun Dempo in Pro League


Flavio Lopes
LINE OUT OF CONTROL: Sesa’s Chukwudi Chukwuma 
gets past Dempo’s Shallum Pires into the danzer zone in 
a GFA Pro League football match at Duler Stadium, 
Mapusa, Monday.

Sesa Football Academy (SFA) shocked Dempo 2-0 in a GFA Pro League football match at Duler Stadium, Mapusa, Monday. Sesa scored both goals in the first half.
Dempo started with their new recruit, Liberian John Dee Menyongar who is on loan from Shillong Lajong to fill the place of Rohan Rickets, who was released by the club following his outburst on social networking site twitter on Dempo’s head coach Armando Colaco.
Dempo’s attack was led by Anthony Pereira and Clifton Gonsalves while Sesa started with Estevan Borges and Chukwudi Chukwuma upfront.
Sesa got a dream start after going one up in the 8th minute. Chukwudi sent a well measured through ball to Estevan Mendes inside the danger zone who kept his cool and slotted past Dempo goalkeeper Laxmikant Kattimani.
Sesa looked much more confident with their opener as they didn’t allow their rivals to settle down, maintaining good ball possession in the midfield.
Dempo’s first attack came in the 16th minute after Nicolau Borges sent in a dangerous cross but Clifton’s header went wide.
In the 22nd minute, Chukwudi passed the ball to Mauvin Borges outside the box and the latter unleashed a screamer into the top corner of the rival nylons for Sesa’s second.
Five minutes later, Dempo squandered a golden opportunity to pull one back. Debarata Roy’s cross was headed goalwards by Anthony. Sesa goalkeeper Thockchom Singh fumbled in his collection and the ball fell to Clifton who however, could not convert from hand-shaking distance as Sesa defender Valinton D’Silva came up with a timely tackle.
Sesa custodian Thockchom Singh was cautioned by referee in the 38th minute for his outburst over a flag-kick decision that went in Dempo’s way.
After the restart, Dempo coach Mathew Costa made two changes to his side, replacing two under-20 players Nickson Castanha and Aniston Fernandes with Godwin Franco and Joy Ferrao respectively.
At the other end, Chukwudi controlled a good long ball but his chip over onrushing rival goalkeeper Laxmikant hit the crossbar in the 50th minute.
Dempo dominating the proceedings, trying hard to get back into the game but could not get past the strong Sesa defence.
In the 65th minute, Chukwudi received a yellow card for his dangerous tackle on Godwin Franco.
Dempo missed a glorious opportunity in the 75th minute. John sent a cross that went flying over the rival defence and Anthony’s header hit the crosspiece and rebounded back to John, who shot wide from close range.
Five minutes later, Sesa were down to ten-men after Chukwudi received his second yellow and was shown the red card. The referee had allowed play to go on after Chukwudi’s tackle on Dempo’s Cresson Antao and it was only after the ball had been put out of play for Cresson’s treatment that the referee red carded Chukwudi.
In the 85th minute, Godwin’s through ball in the danger zone to Joy was cut shot by Sesa captain Jayganesh Lotlikar.
In the dying minutes, Anthony flicked the ball over a rival defender and made his run inside the box but could not convert with his right foot grounder going inches wide off the Sesa goal.   
Sesa coach Clifford Chukwuma was delighted with the victory over the Goan powerhouse of football. “I did not expect a victory against a strong Dempo side but we were surely going to give them a tough fight. After scoring two goals in the first session, I told my boys that we have to start all over again and not surrender our lead. I think the team played very well in the second half and resisted the Dempo challenge. However, the red card for Chukwudi was unfair as the referee had already continued the game to go on,” said Clifford. [H]