29-08-2013 … 31 year old left footed player Clifford rayes Miranda on Thursday received the Dilip Sardesai award for Excellence in Sports at the hands deputy chief minister francis dsouza at a function held at the kala academy black box in Panjim ….
Also present on the occasion were minister for sports ramesh tawadkar, wife of late dilip sardessai professor nandini sardessai, director of sports and youth affairs v m prabhudessai and others
The award comprises a cash purse of Rs 2 lakh, a bronze plaque of legendary India cricketer late Dilip Sardessai and a certificate.
Earlier winners of the award include footballers like Mahesh Gawli, Climax Lawrence, samir naik, international swimmer Talasha Prabhu and chess player Bhakti Kulkarni.
Clifford who plays for Goa’s Dempo SC started his career in football has been a part of the dempo sports club football team for the past fourteen years being a member of the i-league winnig team for five times along with federation cup, goa league and Durand cup
Speaking on the occasion Clifford said that one to had to give lot of hard work and do lot of sacrifices if one had to achieve success in life
Deputy Chief Minister francis dsouza said praised the efforts of the house of dempos who had tried to nurture the goan talent in to the game of football in the state
Meanwhile sports minister ramesh talwadkar said the state government was in process of coming with five to six sports academies in the state where in goan sports personalities could get coaching from national as well as international coaches in years to come