The new competition replaces the Goa Police Cup as the season opener of state football...
Dempo Sports Club
have been drawn to meet local favorites Calangute Association
in the opening match of the AWES Cup, a season-opening all-India football tournament, at Duler Stadium, Mapusa, on September 1
. All matches will kickoff at 4pm
and the Final will be held on September 17
Dempo are among the four seeded teams in the tournament, based on their performance last season in the Goa Professional League
where they finished third, behind champions Salgaocar FC
and runners-up Sporting Clube de Goa
. Fourth-placed FC Bardez is the other seeded team who were all drawn in the same pot while the draw was being carried out in the presence of participating team managers at Dempo House in Panjim on Monday
All outstation teams were placed in the second pot, while the remainder of the teams were placed in the third pot. A group consists one team from each of the pots.
Dempo, placed in Group A, will kick-off their campaign with a tough encounter against Calangute Association on an opening day. Calangute, known to enjoy plenty of crowd support at Duler, will be no pushovers and will look for a positive start with Mumbai-based ONGC being the other team in the group.
Goa Professional League champions Salgaocar FC will face FC Goa’s developmental squad in their opening game on Saturday, September 2. With Viva Chennai the other team in the group, both teams will look forward to an encouraging result.
Only the group winners qualify for the knock-out semi-finals.
“The tournament will see some mouth-watering clashes, starting with the opening game between Dempo SC and Calangute Association. Both teams are known to draw good crowd support at Duler and we expect the supporters to show up in big numbers for the tournament,” said AWES secretary Jonathan de Souza.
GROUPS: Group A: Dempo SC, ONGC, Calangute Asociation; Group B: Salgaocar FC, Viva Chennai, FC Goa; Group C: FC Bardez, FC Pune City, Dempo Juniors; Group D: Sporting Clube de Goa, Gokulam FC Vasco SC.
September 1: Dempo SC vs Calangute Association
September 2: Salgaocar vs FC Goa
September 3: FC Bardez vs Dempo Juniors
September 4: Sporting Clube vs Vasco SC
September 5: ONGC vs Calangute Association
September 6: FC Goa vs Viva Chennai
September 7: Dempo Juniors vs FC Pune City
September 8: Vasco SC vs Gokulam FC
September 9: ONGC vs Dempo SC
September 10: Viva Chennai vs Salgaocar FC
September 11: FC Pune City vs FC Bardez
September 12: Gokulam FC vs Sporting Clube
September 13: Rest Day
September 14: Semifinal (Winner Group A vs C)
September 15: Semifinal (Winner Group B vs D)
September16: Rest Day
September 17: Final
All matches at Duler Stadium Mapusa at 4pm.