From upcoming star to FC Goa’s indispensable man – Brandon Fernandes’ unimaginable rise in stature

The attacker is an important piece in FC Goa’s puzzle beneath Spanish coach Juan Ferrando…

The 2020-21 season has been a combined bag for FC Goa star Brandon Fernandes. The attacker had began the season on a very good word within the Indian Tremendous League (ISL) however an damage halfway into the marketing campaign meant that it was a stop-start marketing campaign personally for him. 

Fernandes commonly performed for the Gaurs within the first 12 matches of the season earlier than selecting up the damage towards ATK Mohun Bagan. He had appeared as a late substitute within the second leg of their semifinal tie towards Mumbai Metropolis. The Goan footballer managed to offer three assists this season within the ISL however he didn’t rating any aim

The injury-laden marketing campaign within the ISL resulted in Fernandes’ not risked by together with him within the Indian nationwide workforce which travelled to Dubai in March to play two worldwide pleasant matches towards Oman and UAE.

Brandon’s damage was an enormous blow for the Gaurs, who completed fourth on the factors desk this 12 months and have been knocked out of the play-offs by eventual champions Mumbai Metropolis. The Goan participant over time has change into an integral a part of the FC Goa facet and is nearly indispensable within the workforce.

Within the final 4 seasons within the ISL, Fernandes has appeared in 62 matches for FC Goa the place he has scored 5 targets 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 Boumous who’s on the prime.

Brandon Fernandes Igor AnguloISL

One of the best factor concerning the India worldwide is his versatility as he can play in various positions – in midfield, on the flanks and likewise as a No.10..

The damage in the course of the season didn’t dent his confidence even one bit as he has recovered extraordinarily nicely and is again to his regular greatest within the AFC Champions League (ACL). The previous Sporting Clube de Goa participant has been in superb kind and was among the finest performers for FC Goa after the primary two matches of the group stage of their maiden ACL marketing campaign.

He got here agonisingly near scoring his first-ever aim in Asia’s premier competitors. He had a golden alternative to interrupt the impasse towards UAE’s Al Wahda within the second recreation however his shot from the sting of the field struck the aim publish and are available again. Within the first match towards Qatar’s Al-Rayyan, he had a passing accuracy of 98 per cent as he accomplished 41 out of 42 passes he performed. 

From a rising star only a few seasons in the past to now an integral and indispensable member of the FC Goa facet, the Goan star’s rise in stature has been immaculate. Brandon Fernandes’ contribution to his workforce is nearly pretty much as good as any international participant which is a big worth addition for a membership in Indian soccer.

The Goan has already signed a contemporary three-year contract extension with the Gaurs which is able to maintain him on the membership till 2024 and this actually bodes nicely for the membership. 

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