Pune FC havecompleted the signing of Sporting Clube de Goa captain and defender Matthew Gonsalves for the upcoming season.
The highly-experienced Goan who spent ten years with Sporting will be a valuable addition to Karim Bencherifa’s squad. Matthew becomes the sixth new player signed this season after Ryuji Sueoka, Luciano Sabrosa, Snehashis Chakraborty, Raju Yumnam and Jessel Carneiro.
“Mathew gave us a torrid time when we played against him last year. He is an versatile defender with ‘a never say die’ attitude and he will be a valuable addition to our squad,” said Chirag Tanna, Pune FC Head Operations.
Thirty-five-year-old Matthew spent his early days as a footballer playing for various local teams. However, his career really took off when he was signed by Sporting Goa from Mormugao Port Trust in 2004. Since then, the Goan has been the mainstay of Sporting for ten seasons in a row while also captaining the side. During his long stay at Sporting, Matthew has represented Goa in the 2008 Santosh Trophy and was also a part of the India team at the Special Olympics Asia Pacific.
At Pune FC, Matthew becomes the fourth Goan in the squad this season joining state-mate Anthony D’Souza, Velington Rocha and the recently signed Jessel Carneiro.