Squad

India

Brandon

Midfielder

India

Pronay

Midfielder

Moroccan

Jahouh

Midfielder

Born on

Sep 20th 1994

Goa

Position

Midfielder

Other clubs

Churchill Brothers

Height

6

Preferred foot

Right

Brandon Fernandes

Born in Margao, Brandon Fernandes began his football career at the age of just six with Fransa-Pax. However, following the disbanding of the club, he moved on to the Velsao Pale Sports Club. Brandon joined Salgaocar not long after and played for their U-16, U-16 and U-19 sides. His impressive performances earned him an opportunity to enroll with the ASD Football Academy in Cape Town, South Africa. It was in South Africa that he attracted interest from various English clubs like Leicester, Sunderland and Reading but was unable to earn a contract from either club. He continued to play for the ASD academy in the third division of South Africa where he managed an impressive 12 goals in 12 games, including four free-kicks. In 2014, Brandon was called up to the Goa-India squad to play in the 2014 Lusofonia Games that were held in Goa. In four games, he netted three goals, including one in the final of the tournament, helping his side to clinch a memorable victory against Mozambique. Brandon has also played for a number of I-league teams including Sporting Clube de Goa, Bengal giants Mohun Bagan and most recently, Churchill Brothers, under current assistant coach, Derrick Pereira. In the ISL, Brandon played for Mumbai City FC, making two appearances for the club. Brandon became FC Goa’s fourth draft pick of the 2017 ISL draft and is one of 9 local players part of the FC Goa squad for the fourth season of the ISL.

Born on

Feb 25th 1993

West Bengal

Position

Midfielder

Other clubs

Mumbai City FC

Height

6

Preferred foot

Right

Pronay Halder

Signed in the ISL Draft

Born on

Jul 31st 1988

Nador, Morocco

Position

Midfielder

Other clubs

FUS Rabat

Height

6

Preferred foot

Right

Jahouh Ahmed

Moroccan player

Spain

Eduardo

Midfielder

17



India

Mandar

Midfielder

14



India

Pratesh

Midfielder

Born on

Mar 23rd 1989

Santander, Spain

Position

Midfielder

Other clubs

Real Zaragoza

Height

6

Preferred foot

Right

Eduardo Bedia Pelaez

Second last foreign signing

Born on

Mar 18th 1992

Mapusa, Goa, India

Position

Midfielder

Other clubs

Dempo SC

Height

1.71 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)

Preferred foot

Left

Mandar Rao Dessai

Growing from Dempo Sports Club's youth set-up and learning his trade at local club Clube Atletico de Parra, Mandar broke into Dempo's senior team in 2013 and in the subsequent year at FC Goa. A wily left winger, Mandar uses his pace and acceleration to get past opposition defenders and score or create goals. The youngster captained the Goa-India squad at the 2014 Lusofonia games which won the gold medal. He made four appearances and scored one goal during the tournament. At the national level, he has represented the India U-23 side. Mandar has been a regular at FC Goa since the first year of the Hero Indian Super League. His sharp performances in 2014 helped the club finish as runners-up in the second edition. Due to his impressive performances, he was presented with a two week trial period at La Liga club Villareal CF. Mandar has re-signed for FC Goa for the third season of the ISL.

Born on

Feb 19th 1989

Calangute, Goa, India

Position

Midfielder

Other clubs

Sporting Club de Goa

Height

1.58 m (5 ft 2 in)

Preferred foot

Right

Pratesh Shirodkar

The diminutive Goan midfielder is one among eight Goans drafted to play for his home side in the third season of the Hero Indian Super League. Born and brought up in Goa, Pratesh started his career at the Sesa Football Academy in Goa. In 2012, he went on to sign for Sporting Goa. He has made 73 league appearances for the Goan side, netting five goals while playing mainly as a defensive midfielder. In the second season of the ISL, Pratesh was drafted to play for Mumbai City FC and was a regular in the team. He signed with FC Goa for the third season of the tournament.