It’s not unusual to see parents accompany their children to sporting events. In fact one can see many of them cheering their wards from the stands especially in the Mumbai Schools Sports Association’s (MSSA) inter-school tournaments that take place in the city.
But, what probably separates Mathew D’Souza’s mother, Loretta, from the rest is that she makes it a point to witness all his games. Needless to say that the St Anne’s, Malad striker made her day yesterday by scoring his first goal of the season as their game against St Mary’s SSC, Mazagaon ended in a 2-2 draw.
The 15-year-old gave his school a 2-1 lead in the 46th minute, making the most of a pass from Kirk Alvares, but that was not enough to see them walk away with a win.
Loretta has been witnessing all her son’s matches from the day he joined the school football team. “I was in Class II, when we saw some children training at our school ground. My mother spoke to the coach and he asked me to join the school team immediately,” said the class X student.
“My mom has always been a great motivator. From the last nine years she has never missed any of my inter-school matches. She always encourages me whenever I am not at my best,” he added.
Loretta said she always gives first preference to her son’s football. “Since he was a child he used to take me wherever he went. From then I am always keen on watching him play,” she said.
Mathew’s father Hilary, who works in Dubai and is on leave these days too has witnessed all of St Anne’s’ five matches this season.
B-U-16-I: Campion, Cooperage 3 (Klein Pinto, Aldrich Fernandes, Aryan Sood) bt St Lawrence, Borivali 0; St Stanislaus, Bandra 2 (Isaac Cardozo, Reuben Fernandes) drew with Bombay Scottish (Jash Patwa, Agneya Gopinath 1); Jamnabai Narsee, Juhu 1 (Rachit Gupta) bt St Francis D’Assisi, Borivali 0; St Lawrence, Kandivli 1 (Ishan Rana) bt St Dominic Savio, Andheri 0.