By Adelmo Fernandes
A friendly match is scheduled to be played between Archbishop Goa XI and Halleluiah Football Club of South Korea at the Tilak Maidan, Vasco on January 22. The match is being organised by the St Andrew’s Church under the dynamic leadership of Re Fr Jose Antonio Costa, the parish priest of the church, in collaboration with the Goa Football Association.
Speaking at a meeting of the organising committee Fr Costa said that football is God’s gift for Goa. “Goa has always been at the forefront in Indian football. This is an opportunity for Goans and especially for people of Vasco to witness a football match with International players,” Fr Costa added. Incidentally the South Korean team has several players who played in the last World Cup where they reached the quarter-final stage. In thanksgiving for this achievement the team is touring around the world to spread the good news of the lord.
Most Rev Fr Peter Machado, the Archbishop of Belgaum, will be the chief guest for the match. The Archbishop of Goa, Rev Fr Filipe Neri Ferrao, who will be away during that time, has conveyed his good wishes for the success of the match. The match will start at 6.30 p.m. and will be played under flood lights. Incidentally this will be the first time that a football match will be played under flood lights in the Port Town.
A Charismatic band led by Mr Armando Gonsalves of Heritage Jazz will be playing Gospel music at the start and during the break of the match. The teams will be led ceremoniously from the church premises to the football ground accompanied by a brass band.
The organising committee, which is being assisted by the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) of St Andrew’s Church, has Mr Elvis Gomes and former International player Mr Lawrence Gomes as its members. Tickets are available at the church office.