FC Goa team has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with three clubs from the north-east region in Shillong.
FC Goa will have a partnership with Mawkhar Sports Club, Mawlai Sports Club and Royal Wahingdoh Sports Club, wherein the Goan club will offer technical expertise to the teams from the north-east and in return will have the option to sign players from these clubs for a fixed fee.
The MoU was signed after a brief presentation by each of the three north-eastern clubs. Goa was represented by Sujay Sharma, Head of Player Recruitment and Analysis.
The Royal Wahingdoh Sports Club was established in 1964 and is best known for its superb run of form in the 2014-2015 I-league season.
They had put up an impressive show in their first season in the top division, finishing third behind Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC, and in the process finished above traditional big guns — East Bengal, Sporting Clube de Goa, Salgaocar SC and Dempo SC.
The north-east region has produced top talents over the years and FC Goa will look to further help them develop the sport in the region through this venture. Additionally, the club will look to give youngsters an opportunity to play the sport at the highest level.
Akshay Tandon, President of FC Goa, is happy with his team’s tie up with the north-east clubs.
“We are pleased to have got into a formal partnership with these three clubs. We are excited at the prospect of having an opportunity to scout talents from the state of Meghalaya. The state, much like Goa, holds a real passion for football and the enthusiasm it has for the sport is commendable,” he said.
FC Goa have invested a lot in the youth this season and Tandon insisted that the club’s aim is to develop the sport.
“It is well documented that we have focused a lot in investing in youth this year and this is another step in that direction. We are confident that in the coming years we will see these investments paying rich dividends,” said Tandon.