ISL: After Sunil Chhetri, FC Goa’s coach Juan Ferrando tests positive for COVID-19

ISL: After Sunil Chhetri, FC Goa's coach Juan Ferrando positive for COVID-19
ISL: After Sunil Chhetri, FC Goa's coach Juan Ferrando positive for COVID-19
ISL: After India and Bengaluru FC captain Sunil Chhetri, FC Goa Head Coach Juan Ferrando has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently self-isolating according to the necessary guidelines. The Spaniard is in good health at the moment and showing no symptoms.
Juan Ferrando is the second individual to test positive for the novel Coronavirus after the tournament successfully concluded in Goa on March 13. Goa, who finished fourth in the recently concluded ISL 2021, said that it will continue to monitor the situation and provide all the necessary support.

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“FC Goa is and will continue to follow all protocols relating to COVID-19. Testing continues to be done with rigour for the entire team. The rest of the players and staff have all tested negative,” the club said in a statement.

“The club urges anyone who came in contact with Juan Ferrando in the past few days to get themselves tested and take necessary precautions,” it added.

In his first year at the club, Ferrando led Goa to a Top 4 finish to qualify for the ISL semifinals where they lost out to eventual champions Mumbai City FC 6-5 on a tie-breaker. However, to his credit, the club remained unbeaten in a record 14 matches in the ISL 2020-21.

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Under tutelage, Goa will become the first Indian football club to play in the AFC Champions League. They will make their ACL debut against Qatar’s Al-Rayaan club on April 14 in a Group E match in Goa. All the group E matches will be held in the coastal city. Iran’s Persepolis and winner of the play-off match between Al-Wahda United (Arab Emirates) and  Al-Zawraa (Iraq) will decide the other team in Group E.
Considering the tough matches Goa were about to face, the club were already continuing with training sessions following their five-month-long ISL campaign.