Nathan Murzello ignores pain to help Don Bosco reign
Nathan Murzello ignored pain in his right toe and scored in the tie-break to help Don Bosco (Matunga) register a 2-0 win over defending champions St Stanislaus (Bandra) in the Mumbai Schools Sports Association (MSSA) inter-school boys' U-12 football semi-final at Azad Maidan yesterday.
Murzello hurt his toe when an opponent stamped his foot during the first half of the match. He was substituted in the second half, as he wasn’t able to run.
“We just wanted to win at any cost. It was an important match as we lost to Stanislaus last year in the final. When my coach (Leslie Machado) asked me if I wanted to take the spot-kick, I couldn’t stop myself. I am glad that my goal helped the team win. The pain is still there, but I am happy that it isn’t a serious injury,” 10-year-old Nathan told MiD DAY.
A result had to be forced through penalty shootout after both teams were tied 0-0 at the final whistle. In the shoot-out, Nathan and Mannan Dang scored scored for the Matunga school while Lance Fernandes and Joshua D’Souza were unable to find the back of the net. Stanislaus’ Dale Velchoyen, Keegan Pinto, Anish Khgatri and Saurabh Gupta all missed the target.
Meanwhile, the referee officiating the Bosco-Stanislaus clash was not aware of the fact that players in the U-12 category can play without wearing shin pads. As a result Nathan, who hurt his right toe was forced to wear pads before the spot kick. MSSA football secretary Anslem Alphonso said. “It is the referee’s fault. There is no rule in MSSA that states it is compulsory for an U-12 player to wear shin pads and play.”
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