Brandon Fernandes will head a 26-man FC Goa side for their 2023 Hero Super Cup campaign, which will begin in Kerala on April 10 with the Gaurs playing their opening game.
Rayan Menezes, who was just promoted, is one of ten homegrown players on the squad. The squad flying to Kerala will also comprise 9 U23 players and 6 foreigners.
The Men in Orange is led by head coach Carlos Pena. Moreover they have been placed in Group C of the Super Cup. They are with fellow Indian Super League (ISL) clubs ATK Mohun Bagan and Jamshedpur FC. Gokulam Kerala FC, who will play their games at their home stadium, round up the group.
The Hero Super Cup rules allow competing teams to register six international players in their respective rosters. At least one of these names must be from an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) member nation.
As a result, FC Goa has signed Alvaro Vazquez, Iker Guarrotxena, Edu Bedia, Hernan Santana (all from Spain), and Noah Sadaoui (Morocco). While Fares Arnaout from Syria meets the Club’s AFC quota.
The Gaurs also have one of the youngest squads in the Super Cup this season, with as many as nine U23 players making the cut.
The full FC Goa team for the Hero Super Cup 2023 is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Dheeraj Singh, Arshdeep Singh, and Hrithik Tiwari
Defenders: Sanson Pereira, Anwar Ali, Fares Arnaout, Leander D’ Cunha, Nikhil Prabhu, Seriton Fernandes, Saviour Gama, Aibanbha Dohling, Hernan Santana, Lesly Rebello, Rayan Menezes
Midfielders: Brandon Fernandes, Ayush Chhetri, Makan Chothe, Redeem Tlang, Edu Bedia, Lenny Rodrigues, Brison Fernandes, Lalremruata HP
Forwards: Noah Sadaoui, Devendra Murgaokar, Iker Guarrotxena, Alvaro Vazquez
FC Goa has who won the Hero Super Cup in 2018-19. It was when the Hero conducted the last league. They will face Jamshedpur FC in their first group stage encounter on April 10 at the EMS Corporation Stadium in Kozhikode, Kerala.
The Gaurs will meet Gokulam Kerala on April 14, followed by ATK Mohun Bagan four days later.
The winners of the four groups advance to the semi-finals, which will be held on April 21 and 22. The Hero Super Cup final is set for April 25 at the EMS Corporation Stadium.
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