Don Bosco lift cov­eted CRC Tro­phy

20th edi­tion 9-a-side foot­ball Tour­na­ment

Arab Times - - SPORTS -

KUWAIT CITY, April 15: Don Bosco Or­a­tory emerged cham­pi­ons of the 20th Edi­tion CRC Chin­chinim 9-aside Foot­ball Tour­na­ment beat­ing Skynet Raiders in the tie-breaker in the fi­nals played at MoH grounds, Shuwaikh.

The tie-breaker was en­forced af­ter the teams failed to break the dead­lock in a pul­sat­ing fi­nal. Don Bosco turned out bet­ter shoot­ers from the spot. God­frey Aguair and Roney ex­celled for Don Bosco, while Skynet goal­keeper Melvin showed im­mense reflexes through­out the tour­na­ment.

Ear­lier, in the semi­fi­nals, Don Bosco de­feated In­dian Strik­ers and Skynet Raiders over­came in form AVC to reach the fi­nals.

A num­ber of dig­ni­taries and pres­i­dents of par­tic­i­pat­ing clubs at­tended the fi­nals. Glit­ter­ing prizes and tro­phies were awarded to the win­ners and run­ners-up.

Sam­son of Skynet was awarded Man of the Match while God­frey Aguiar was ad­judged best de­fender of the tour­na­ment.

CRC Chin­chinim Pres­i­dent Bosco Leitao spoke on the oc­ca­sion and also pro­posed a Vote of Thanks. Vice-Pres­i­dent of the CRC Chin­chinim Ve­nan­cio Pereira, An­thony H. Vie­gas — Sports-In­charge, Gen. Sec­re­tary Mr. Olvin Leitao, Lester Fer­nan­des — Team co­or­di­na­tors, An­thony Fer­nan­des — Team Man­ager, and other mem­bers of the club were also present on the oc­ca­sion.

Aleixo Minguel Fer­nan­des, CRC Chin­chinim’s long­est serv­ing player and mem­ber was fe­lic­i­tated on the oc­ca­sion at the hands of Olvin Leitao.

The pres­ti­gious and pop­u­lar CRC es­tab­lished ‘Ath­lete of the Year’ award in­sti­tuted since 1994 was pre­sented to Fidelis Fer­nan­des, Pres­i­dent of Kuwait In­dian Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (KIFF), for yeomen ser­vices ren­dered in the pro­mo­tion of foot­ball among In­dian ex­pa­tri­ates.

The award was pre­sented at the hands of CRC Chin­chinim Pres­i­dent Bosco Leitao.

The award win­ner, Fidelis Fer­nan­des, hails from Colva, Sal­cette, Goa and has been Pres­i­dent of KIFF for four con­sec­u­tive years. He is as­so­ci­ated with KIFF for sev­eral years in var­i­ous po­si­tions and has been elected in the past to ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tees of New Goan Overseas As­so­ci­a­tion (1987), Goan Wel­fare So­ci­ety (GWS) (1989), Colva United Cen­treKuwait (2005), Kuwait Goan As­so­ci­a­tion (KGA), among oth­ers.

Though he is not a sports­man him­self, dur­ing his younger days till now, Fidelis has been prom­i­nent as a well-known sports ad­min­is­tra­tor. Through­out his ca­reer in Goa, in his vil­lage, he is known for or­ga­niz­ing sports events at ev­ery level — and mainly in his vil­lage school In­fant Je­sus High School.

He was elected gen­eral sec­re­tary of Sport­ing Club of Colva, back home in Goa, in the year 1973.

In­her­it­ing his fa­ther’s ap­ti­tude for sports, Fidelis em­barked in the pro­mo­tion of Foot­ball among ex­pa­tri­ates. His ma­jor step in this di­rec­tion was the for­ma­tion of one sports body called New Goan Overseas As­so­ci­a­tion (NGOA) to pro­mote foot­ball. In 1990, un­der his Pres­i­dency, NGOA foot­ball team cre­ated a unique record by be­ing the first Kuwait Goan team to play ex­hi­bi­tion matches in Bahrain.

Fidelis came into more lime­light as an able sports ad­min­is­tra­tor af­ter the in­va­sion and lib­er­a­tion of Kuwait when he joined Goan Overseas As­so­ci­a­tion as its Sports Sec­re­tary.

Fol­low­ing is the list of ‘Ath­lete of the Year’ award win­ners.

1. Al­cantra Bar­retto (Nave­lim Youth Cen­tre) -1995; 2. Fran­cis Machado (CRC Chin­chinim) — 1996; 3. V.K. Vohra (ex-Pres­i­dent, KIFF) — 1997; 4. Ina­cio Faleiro (ex-Pres­i­dent, KIFF) — 1998; 5. Tony Coutinho (GOA Ma­roons) — 1999; 6. Ju­das Fer­nan­des (CRC Chin­chinim) — 2000; 7. Ca­je­tan God­inho (Veter­ans XI) — 2001; 8. Joseph Salema (United Goans Cen­tre) — 2002; 9. Sarto Bap­tista (United Friends Club) — 2003; 10. Gasper Crasto (Nave­lim Youth Cen­tre) — 2004; 11. Ga­jen­dra Pil­lay (GOA Ma­roons) — 2005; 12. Tony Dias (ex­Pres­i­dent KIFF & San­tos FC) — 2006; 13. Julio Car­doso (GOA Ma­roons) — 2007; 14. Tony Gon­salves (United Goans) — 2008; 15. Avelino Dias (Nave­lim Youth Cen­tre) — 2009; 16. An­thony Re­bello (Cur­tor­cares United) — 2010; 17. Americo Fer­nan­des; (Nave­lim Youth Cen­tre) — 2011 and 18. Fidelis Fer­nan­des — 2012-13.

The Cul­tural and Recre­ational Club of Chin­chinim as the name in­di­cates is an or­ga­ni­za­tion for Chin­chonkars based in Kuwait.

Founded in 1992, by only a hand­ful of Chin­chonkars, CRCC Kuwait started ini­tially as a Foot­ball club. At the same time they also founded the CRC foot­ball tour­na­ment also known as the BBK tro­phy be­cause of the fi­nan­cial back­ing by the Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait.

The club also or­ga­nizes an­nual pic­nics for its mem­bers and their fam­i­lies in ad­di­tion to other get-to­geth­ers held dur­ing the year.

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