PANAJI: Bandodkar Gold Cup, one of Goa’s prestigious football tournaments, is set for a revival after a gap of twenty one long years.
The trophy which was safely deposited in a bank locker at Mapusa was brought out on Tuesday by GFA president Elvis Gomes and vice-president Schubert Furtado along with Tony Botelho and Alex D’Souza and presented it to Shashikala Kakodkar on the eve of her 80th birthday at her residence in Altinho.
Made up of gold and weighing over 10 kgs, the trophy will be on display Wednesday at the Tilak Maidan, Vasco and Fatorda Stadium, Margao during the Federation Cup matches for the benefit of the large number of fans.
An elated Kakodkar thanked the GFA for bestowing the honour on the eve of her birthday. “My family is grateful to the present GFA and the president Gomes for the initiative. We commit our support even financially,” Kakodkar said.
Two out of four signatories were required to retrieve the trophy from the safe deposit vaults of bank. Two signatories Sagun Shankwalkar and Francisco Branco have passed away. Alex D’Souza and Anthony Bothelo – the other two signatories introduced Elvis Gomes and Schubert Furtado as the two new signatories in the presence of Mapusa Municipal Council Chairperson Sandeep Fallari.
Plans are afoot to host the Bandodkar Gold Cup in the second week of May. Two international teams and the best of teams from India are expected to participate. The tournament is mainly to be sponsored by Shashikala Kakodkar and her family.
The first edition of the Bandodkar Gold Cup was won by Leaders Club, Punjab in 1970 and the last edition was won by Salgaocar SC in 1994.