The attackers are an necessary a part of FC Goa’s puzzle below Spanish coach Juan Ferrando.
The 2020-21 season has been a blended one for FC Goa star Brandon Fernandes. The attacker had began the season effectively within the Indian Tremendous League (ISL), however an damage in the midst of the marketing campaign meant it was a stop-start marketing campaign for him personally.
Fernandes usually performed for Gaur within the first 12 matches of the season earlier than getting injured in opposition to ATK Mohun Bagan. He appeared as a late substitute within the second leg of the semi-final match in opposition to Mumbai Metropolis. The Goa footballer managed to make three assists within the ISL this season however didn’t rating any objectives.
An injury-laden marketing campaign within the ISL resulted in Fernandes not taking the chance of being included within the Indian nationwide staff, which traveled to Dubai in March to play two worldwide pleasant matches in opposition to Oman and the UAE.
Brandon’s damage was a serious setback for Gaur, who completed fourth within the factors desk this 12 months and have been knocked out of the play-offs by eventual champions Mumbai Metropolis. Through the years the Goa participant has change into an integral a part of the FC Goa aspect and is nearly indispensable within the staff.
Within the final 4 seasons within the ISL, Fernandes has appeared in 62 matches for FC Goa, the place he scored 5 objectives and supplied 18 assists. He’s the second-highest help supplier within the historical past of the league, six behind his former FC Goa teammate Hugo Baumus who’s on the high.
One of the best factor concerning the India worldwide is his versatility as he can play in a number of positions – within the midfield, on the flanks and likewise as No 10.
The mid-season damage didn’t dampen his confidence within the slightest as he has recovered very effectively and is again to his regular finest within the AFC Champions League (ACL). The previous Sporting Clube de Goa participant has been in glorious type and was among the finest performers for FC Goa after the primary two video games of the group stage in his first ACL marketing campaign.
He had come very near scoring his first purpose in Asia’s premier competitors. He had a golden alternative to interrupt the impasse in opposition to Al Wahda of UAE within the second recreation however his shot from the sting of the field hit the purpose publish and got here again. Within the first match in opposition to Qatar’s Al-Rayan, his passing accuracy was 98 p.c as he accomplished 41 of the 42 passes he performed.
From a rising star a couple of seasons again to now an integral and indispensable member of the FC Goa aspect, the Goa star has had an immaculate stature. Brandon Fernandes’ contribution to his staff is pretty much as good as any overseas participant, which is a big worth addition to a membership in Indian soccer.
The Goan has already signed a three-year contract extension with Gaur which is able to maintain him on the membership until 2024 and it definitely bodes effectively for the membership.