9/3/2018 5:14:17 PM (GMT+3)

Gold or gold plated: Goa Football Association display Bandodkar Trophy

Gold or gold plated: Goa Football Association display Bandodkar Trophy

PANAJI, Goa: The Bandodkar Gold Trophy, which was given to the winners of the Bandodkar Gold Cup since 1970, turned out to be the biggest attraction for football fans at the Duler Stadium last Sunday during a charity match between Sporting Clube de Goa and Dempo Sports Club.

Sporting’s 3-1 win in Mapusa on Sunday was an insignificant one as those who were present at the season-opener were more focused on the sidelines where the Trophy was displayed by the Goa Football Association (GFA).

There had been hue and cry in recent months as Churchill Brothers President and Benaulim MLA Churchill raised its authenticity by saying that “it may not be of pure gold”.

“Welcome to the new season which will continue until January end. The Bandodkar Gold Trophy is here for display after it was kept for 22 years in darkness,” said GFA president Elvis Gomes during the half-time.

The trophy was always believed to have been made of solid gold ever since Goa’s first Chief Minister Dayanand Bandodkar donated it to the Goa Football Association (GFA) in 1969.

The Bandodkar Gold Cup, which started in 1970 with Leaders Club winning the first edition, was discontinued in 1994, only to be revived in 2016 as an under-20 event.

On January 6, 2015, the GFA brought the Bandodkar Gold Trophy out of the locker from the Central Bank of India, Mapusa, after the tournament was revived, which was an Under-23 one.

According to minutes of the AGM in 2016, the trophy, which was removed from the bank vault after 22 years, weighs 9.5kg with an ivory base of around 7kg.

“On evaluation, the contents of the trophy were approximately 60 per cent copper, 29 per cent silver and 11 per cent gold,” Gomes had told the members. (Pic courtesy: Chris Punnakkattu Daniel)