PANAJI: FC Goa have named 11 local players including the returning winger Romeo Fernandes while only 4 foreigners have been registered with there being no place for ISL star forward Igor Angulo and midfielder Alberto Noguera, in the Gaurs’ 28-player squad submitted for the upcoming AFC Champions League campaign.
The Gaurs begin their historic maiden voyage into continental club competition on April 14 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 (Asian Football Federation) member association country. Australian defender James Donachie fulfils that criteria.
Spanish forward Igor Angulo and midfielder Alberto Noguera miss out from amongst the Club’s foreign contingent that played in the Indian Super League. Meanwhile, Romeo Fernandes makes a comeback to the FC Goa First-team for the first time since 2016.
The Gaurs’ squad for the 2021 edition of the AFC Champions League is as follows:
Goalkeepers: Mohammad Nawaz, Naveen Kumar, Shubham Dhas, Dheeraj Singh Moirangthem
Defenders: Sanson Pereira, Seriton Fernandes, Leander D’Cunha, Iván González (Spain), Mohamed Ali, James Donachie (Australia), Aibanbha Dohling, Saviour Gama, Adil Khan
Midfielders: Edu Bedia (Spain), Glan Martins, Princeton Rebello, Brandon Fernandes, Phrangki Buam, Redeem Tlang, Makan Winkle Chothe, Alexander Romario Jesuraj, Amarjit Singh Kiyam, Romeo Fernandes
Forwards: Jorge Ortiz (Spain), Devendra Murgaonkar, Ishan Pandita.