FC Goa has announced the departure of seven first-team players


Anwar Ali, Redeem Tlang, Makan Chothe, Hernan Santana, Marc Valiente, Lenny Rodrigues, and Nongdamba Naorem are the seven first-team players who will be leaving FC Goa once their contracts with the club expire on May 31, 2023.

Ali rejoins Delhi FC after his 18-month loan agreement with the Gaurs. It saw him join their ranks in January 2022, has come to an end. Since then, throughout the course of two seasons, the Men in Orange have participated in all 30 of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) matches.

In the Hero ISL, Durand Cup, and Hero Super Cup, Chothe and Tlang each made close to 40 appearances for FC Goa. The pair were also a part of the 2021 AFC Champions League squad. The first time an Indian club has ever competed at the pinnacle of Asian club football.

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Marc Valiente joined the team at the beginning of the current season. The 35-year-old, though, only made eight games until an injury quickly put an end to his stint. Despite joining FC Goa last summer, Valiente’s playing time was cut short by an injury midway through the 2022–23 campaign.

He was replaced by Santana. He has appeared in seven games for the Gaurs. Hernan Santana, a former fixture of NorthEast United FC and Mumbai City FC, signed as his replacement in January but failed to see action under Carlos Pena.

Rodrigues leaves the Gaurs for the second time. After initially playing for them from 2018 to 2021 and then returning to the squad in January of this year. He has played in 60 games for the Goan team total, and in 2019 and 2020. He helped them win the Hero Super Cup and the Hero ISL League Winners’ Shield, respectively.

Naorem, a second former World Champion, joined the Gaurs in August 2021 after playing for ATK Mohun Bagan, Kerala Blasters FC, and Indian Arrows. In the ISL’s 2021–22 season, he played for the Men in Orange in 12 games.

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