FC Goa announces squad for the 2021 AFC Champions League
FC Goa have submitted their 28-member squad for the upcoming Champions League campaign to the AFC (Asian Football Confederation). The Gaurs begin their historic maiden voyage into continental club competition on April 14, 2021 when they take on Qatar’s Al-Rayyan.
As per the rules, all clubs are allowed to have no more than four foreign players in their squad. Out of this, one of them must belong to an AFC-affiliated country. Australian defender James Donachie fulfils that criterion.
Forward Igor Angulo and midfielder Alberto Noguera miss out from amongst the club’s foreign contingent that played in the 2020-21 Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL). Meanwhile, Romeo Fernandes makes a comeback to the FC Goa team for the first time since 2016.
The FC Goa squad sees 4 foreigners being named in addition to 11 players from the home state, Goa. The Gaurs’ squad for the 2021 edition of the AFC Champions League is as follows:
Mohammad Nawaz, Naveen Kumar, Shubham Dhas, Dheeraj Singh
Sanson Pereira, Seriton Fernandes, Leander D’Cunha, Iván González (Spain), Mohamed Ali, James Donachie (Australia), Aibanbha Dohling, Saviour Gama, Adil Khan
Edu Bedia (Spain), Glan Martins, Princeton Rebello, Brandon Fernandes, Phrangki Buam, Redeem Tlang, Makan Chothe, Alexander Romario Jesuraj, Amarjit Singh Kiyam, Romeo Fernandes
Jorge Ortiz (Spain), Devendra Murgaokar, Ishan Pandita