ISL 2022-23: FC Goa announces Brandon Fernandes as captain

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On Monday, FC Goa declared Brandon Fernandes as the club captain for the approaching time of the Indian Super League (ISL 2022-23). The Indian global will head a 4-male captaincy group that comprises Seriton Fernandes, Glan Martins and Marc Valiente.

Brandon was roped in by the Gaurs in the ISL Players’ Draft in advance of the 2017-18 time at the age of 23. The attacking midfielder has since gone from power to energy with the Club, building 85 appearances for them throughout all competitions in the past five seasons.

In the ISL by itself, the Goa native has highlighted in 69 matches for FC Goa. The Indian global at the moment leads the league in helps accounted by an Indian with 19 in addition to his 5 strikes.

The 27-year-aged assisted FC Goa to their initial silverware in the Tremendous Cup in 2019. He followed that up with substantial contributions enroute to encouraging FC Goa to the ISL League Winners’ Shield in 2019-20 and the Durand Cup in 2021. He was also an integral portion of their aspect that grew to become the first-at any time workforce to depict India in the AFC Champions League very last 12 months, finishing the campaign with two helps.

Previously last time, the Club experienced bundled him in their management team for the to start with time. Speaking on his appointment as the FC Goa captain, Brandon Fernandes claimed, “It’s an honour to direct my residence Club in the Hero ISL. Additionally, it’s also a privilege that I have the have faith in of my teammates. I appreciated the tasks I had as section of the captaincy group final season. And now, I’m hunting forward to the troubles as we head into the new year.”

“We have a excellent bunch of players who are all functioning in direction of the exact same intention – which is to deliver accomplishment to the Club. I’m excited to lead them, and eager to check out what we can do together on the pitch this coming period,” he extra.

Carlos Pena, the head mentor of FC Goa also congratulated the 27-calendar year-previous on his appointment as captain.

“I’m extremely happy for Brandon because he has the credit rating of his teammates, men and women doing work in the club and all the enthusiasts. He’s a excellent case in point of loyalty and motivation and is a excellent personal both on and off the pitch. With his practical experience and ability-set, all the players in the squad can appear to learn from him and establish as a team,” he claimed.

The former defender also opened up on how Seriton, Glan and Marc will also share the leadership obligations.

“Each of them have the skill to direct the group, which is why they have also been selected to the management team. I needed a handful of captains and not just one, since it facilitates the sharing of opinions and encourages collective contemplating,” Pena described.

Like Brandon Fernandes, Seriton was also a part of the captaincy group at the club last season. He even more holds the difference of staying the most-capped footballer for the Gentlemen in Orange, with 108 appearances throughout all competitions.

Considering that joining the Gaurs in 2021, Glan has been just one of their vital cogs in the midfield. The 28-year-old’s performances were being critical as Goa created it to the ISL 2020-21 playoffs, before impressing in the AFC Champions League 2021.

FC Goa will look to lean upon the management traits of Marc Valiente as nicely, with the Spaniard having led the defence of prime Spanish sides like Sevilla and True Valladolid previously. The 35-calendar year-outdated was at the time also the captain of the Barcelona B facet that highlighted the likes of Carlos Pena.