PANAJI: Dattaraj Salgaocar is set to make a sensational return to Goan football after eight years. Back in 2016, Dattaraj Salgaocar was forced to part ways with FC Goa. Where he and Shrinivas Dempo held a significant 65% stake in the club, actively involved in its management. A bitter clash with ISL organizers was triggered by the Zico-coached club’s boycott of the final prize distribution ceremony in 2015, which led to their departure from the franchise in July 2016.
Since then, Shrinivas Dempo has focused on Dempo Sports Club, while Dattaraj Salgaocar has been planning his comeback. Sources reveal that the V M Salgaocar Corporation, led by Dattaraj Salgaocar, has responded to the Goa Football Association’s invitation to bid for direct entry into the top flight of Goan football.
Excitement mounts as a new club, spearheaded by Dattaraj Salgaocar. Slated to make its debut in the Goa Pro League next season (2024-25). However, for the current season (2023-24), they have wisely decided that bidding for direct entry would be premature and impractical. Considering the limited time to form a team and meet the club licensing criteria.
The GFA may guarantee VM Salgaocar Corp’s place in Goa Pro League next season. It’s fascinating to note that Dattaraj Salgaocar’s father, Vasudev Mahadeva Salgaocar (VMS, 1916-1984), founded Salgaocar SC in 1956. The club debuted in the second division and emerged victorious, maintaining an unbeaten streak.
“The GFA will meet on Monday to examine the bids and take a final call. All three teams are almost certain to be accepted.” Officials said.
New clubs must follow GFA Club Licencing Criteria: infrastructure, sports, legal, financial, and administration. Goa Pro League has 11 teams, playing each other twice. In the past two years, due to Covid-19 and delayed start, the format shifted to a Championship-Relegation League.