Indian Super League side FC Goa has signed agreements with three Meghalaya-based football clubs for talent transfer and training opportunities.
The Goan club came to agreement with Mawkhar Sports Club, Mawlai Sports Club and Royal Wahingdoh Sports Club wherein the ISL club will offer technical expertise to the Northeast clubs while in return, will have the option to sign players from these clubs in the future for a fixed fee.
The MoUs with the three clubs were signed in Shillong recently with Sujay Sharma, head of player recruitment and analysis at FC Goa representing the Goan side.
The Royal Wahingdoh Sports Club was established in the 1964 and is best known for its superb run of form in the 2014-2015 I-league season. Royal Wahingdoh impressed in their first season in the top division, finishing third behind the likes of Mohun Bagan and Bengaluru FC, in the process finishing above traditional big guns, East Bengal, Sporting Clube de Goa, Salgaocar SC and Dempo SC.
“The Northeast region has constantly produced top Indian talent over the years and FC Goa will look to further help develop the sport in the region through this venture. Additionally, the club will look to give youngsters an opportunity to play the sport at the highest level in the future,” a statement released by the Goan club said.
“We are pleased to have got into a formal partnership with these three clubs. We are excited at the prospect of having an opportunity to scout talent from the state of Meghalaya. The state, much like Goa holds a real passion for football and the enthusiasm the state has for the sport is commendable. These three clubs have played a vital role in developing that passion,” the release quoted FC Goa president Akshay Tandon as saying.