Don Bosco Oratory inscribed their name on the Times Cup 7-a-side football tournament held on Friday, 18 March at Bayan Grounds, beating a star-studded Curtorcares United 1-0.
The tournament, played under the auspices of Kuwait Indian Football Federation (KIFF) and organized by Santos United Football Club, was sponsored by The Times Kuwait, the country’s premier weekly news magazine.
A total of 16 teams affiliated to KIFF participated in the tournament officiated by KIFF referees. Don Bosco Oratory comprising of budding youngsters stormed into the final beating several strong contenders, including Skynet Miracles in a semifinal tie-break. Curtorcares United which had a cream of footballers in their ranks, including star midfielder Bernard Pires, also played an excellent game throughout the tournament.
In the finals, Don Bosco were first to settle scoring through their prolific scorer Prajot Naik. Though Curtorcares tried their hearts out and managed some long range shots that missed the mark narrowly, their best endeavors were not sufficient to even the score.
H.E Bakrom Aloev, Ambassador of Uzbekistan in Kuwait was chief guest on the occasion. Managing Partner of Rays Group of Companies, Andrew Thomas, the Director of Amman Exchange, E. D. Titus, as well as Wilson D’cunha and Reaven D’Souza from The Times Kuwait were the guests of honor.
The winner’s trophy was presented to Don Bosco Oratory by Ambassador Aloev, while the runner-up and other trophies were presented by other guests of honor. In a rare gesture, Santos United honored some of the well-known personalities in Kuwait for their yeomen service to Indian football in Kuwait over a span of almost 40 years. These included Raymond D’Sa (GOA Maroons), Lawry Pinto (Rising Stars), Tony Gonsalves (UG Strikers), Tony Dias (Santos FC) and Bosco Leitao (CRC Chinchinim).
Plaques, and special mementos arranged by The Times Kuwait were presented to each of the individuals by Ambassador Aloev and Reaven D’Souza.
Sebastiao Dias, senior player of Santos United, and the official in-charge of Bayan grounds Abu Abdullah were also honored on the occasion.
While congratulating the winners and thanking all the participating teams and guests, Santos United President Carmo Santos especially thanked The Times Kuwait for sponsoring the tournament. Santos United also acknowledged the support of KIFF President Derrick Gomindes and other officials of KIFF.
Latheef of Don Bosco Oratory was awarded the Best Goalkeeper of the finals; Allan Calvin of Don Bosco Oratory received the Best Defender in the tournament award and Martin Gomes of Curtorcares United was given recognition as the Best Midfielder in the tournament. The Best Disciplined team award went to FC Sparks.
The winning team of Don Bosco Oratory comprised of: Abdul Latheef, Godfrey Aguiar (captain), Allan Calvin, Joseph D’Costa, Alwyn Mendes, Loyd Mascarenhas, Prajot Naik, Aftab, Roshan D’Souza, Frewin D’Souza, Kennedy Ferrao and Salman Mhaslai. Meanwhile, the Curtorcares United team included, Custodio Peixote, John Rosario Moraes, Marcos Costa, Bernard Pires, Bony Niasso, Vincy Carvalho, Martin Gomes (captain), Shavad, Minguel Mora, Savio Reavo, Samson D’Costa and Andrew Oliveira.
Report by Gasper Crasto
Special to The Times