PANJIM: Vedanta Sesa Goa Iron Ore is committed to foster skill development through sports and the Sesa Football academy (SFA) has been doing this since its inception in 1999. The graduates of SFA made their Alma mater proud as eight boys have been drafted for the prestigious Indian Super League 2017-18 season.
The players are Adil Khan- FC Pune City, Jovel Martins- FC Goa, Augustin Fernandes- Atletico De Kolkata, Rowilson Rodrigues- Delhi Dyanamos FC, Anthony D’Souza- FC Goa, Pratesh Shirodkar- FC Goa, Bruno Colaco- FC Goa, Sahil Tavora- Mumbai City FC.
Annanya Agarwal- President SFA was very proud and shared “This is wonderful news to all of us at the Vedanta group. This shows the good work that the academy has done in last so many years and these eight players are the jewels in the crown of our academy. The players will serve as an inspiration to the current players at the academy and will make them strive harder to achieve what the alumni of the academy have been able to achieve. ”
Sharing his emotions, Sukhvinder Singh- CEO- SFA said “To us it’s no surprise that these fantastic players have been picked up by the best clubs in the country. Everyone is aware of the talent levels of these players and the drafting of the players has validated the good work that the academy has been able to do. These players are our brand ambassadors and we wish them all the best in their coming season.”
Adil Khan who has been drafted for FC Pune City said, “Football has always been my passion, however it became my way of life once I joined SFA. I am grateful to the academy and the coaches as they have collectively instilled in me the discipline and rigour that is needed to be an aspiring football player. I wish the Academy the very best for the future. Looking forward to see more successful stories from the team in the future.”
On May 09th this year, the multinational natural resources conglomerate, announced a strategic roadmap to actively foster skill development in sports across the country. Sesa Football Academy (SFA) has contributed immensely to the development of football players in Goa and has now opened doors of the academy to develop budding players in football from across the nation and Africa.
The skill development model that the company has adopted is to scout young talent and hone them in the sport and equip them with sports related skills that could help carve professionalism. 22 boys in the age group of 14 – 17 have been selected from Rajasthan, Punjab, Kerala, Manipur, Sikkim, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana and Zambia (where the Group has its operations), apart from the 36 boys from Goa who are already being trained.