FC Goa star, Seriton Fernandes has expressed his delight at reuniting with his former team-mate, Carlos Pena at the club as he looks forward to working with the new head coach in leading the Gaurs to the Indian Super League (ISL) title in the upcoming season.
Goa recently appointed Pena as head coach which meant that he returned back to the club two years after finishing a trophy-laden spell as a player with the club. The Spaniard took over from Derrick Periera, who coached the Gaurs for the final three months of the 2021/22 ISL season.
Seriton and Pena formed a lethal partnership at the back during the clubs most successful spell and while that came to an end when the Spaniard left in 2020 – Fernandes for his part has continued to excel on the pitch.
“I had many wonderful moments with Pena and we lifted two trophies together (for FC Goa). It’s a joy to have him back, his return is good news for all of us. As a former footballer himself with plenty of experience, he will know what is best for us,” Fernandes said to the Bridge.
“He (Pena) is very passionate about the game, he studies it unlike any other teammate I have ever had. Even when he was a player, on flights or in his hotel room I would find him studying something about the game – and not only the ISL. He truly lives the game. And his experience of having played in India, would hold him in good stead,” he added.
Seriton has established himself as the best right-back in the country at present, with his performances leading him to make his debut for the Indian national team in September last year.