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Goa Football Development Council what is fate of Chairman Brahmanand Shanwalkar

Received this press note from Andrea Fernandes, GFDC Media Liaison officer, 9822947494 regarding Goa’s Pearl Fernandes called up to represent India at SAFF U-16 games.

Now there is no mention of Goa Football Development Council (GDFC) Chairman Brahmanand Shanwalkar in the press note.

What is his position with regards to GDFC has his term expired?

Has his term been extended?

If his term is not extended and if the Goa government is looking for appointing someone else in his post, why has it not been done.

Which are the names which have been shortlisted.

Why is the government sitting over it especially when it has declared Football as the State Game many years back.

There is a vast gap between what is on paper and what is the reality at the ground level.

A hard reality.

Goa’s Pearl Fernandes called up to represent India at SAFF U-16 games

PANAJI: Goa U-16 football sensation Pearl Fernandes has been rewarded for her impressive performances with her maiden national call up to represent India at the South Asia Football Federation’s U-16 women’s football championship which will be held from March 1-10 in Nepal.

Pearl, 15, who hails from Arambol in north Goa, was being trained by the Goa Football Development Council (GFDC) and has been playing ever since she joined (GFDC) training camps at Arambol at a tender age of 10.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to represent India in the U-16 SAFF Women’s Football Championship. I’m really excited to showcase my talent and make our nation proud, to give my all on the field and aim for success. I would also like to thank GFDC as well as my coaches and parents who have always supported me,” said Pearl after the news reached her.

Pearl has trained rigorously under the watchful eyes of current coach Anunciasao Rodrigues (Ansu), who holds a ‘D’ License in coaching. The other coaches at the GFDC centre are Dietmar Fernandes and Jason Fernandes. While the centre head at GFDC Arambol is Jeronimo Fernandes.

“Over the last few years, Pearl has transformed really well. We are very proud that she has been selected to represent India at a very young age. She is a brilliant player with amazing ball control. She has a bright future,” stated Ansu who believes Pearl holds promise in the future.

The 15-year-old, who studies in Standard IX at Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School, Arambol. plays as a striker, a role that has fetched her numerous laurels. She has represented several local clubs, including Churchill Brothers FC, scoring plenty of goals, including several hat-tricks across various tournaments.

Pearl has also competed in the Subroto Mukherjee tournament, DSYA tournament, and later also played at the tournaments organised by St Xavier’s High School, Moira, and Sacred Heart High School, Anjuna.

Pearl has represented Goa on two occasions for the U-14 and U-17 teams.

She was also declared the Best Player of the Year 2023 by Goa Football Association (GFA). The budding footballer is a promising prospect for the big leagues as her exploits have also caught the attention of the All India Football Federation (AIFF).  

Pearl was recently bestowed with the ‘Emerging Hero’ Award at the Sportstar Sports Conclave 2024 Focus Goa.

While the GFDC Member Secretary, Dr. Geeta Nagvenkar lauded Pearl for her dedication.


“GFDC is thrilled to announce that our talented trainee Pearl has been selected to represent India in the U-16 SAFF Women's Football Championship. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to her and wish her the best of luck in the tournament. Her dedication and hard work are truly commendable, and we are proud to have her represent our nation on the international stage,” she said.

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