- Latest Indian football news revealed I-League club Indian Arrows’ new appointment for the coaching position after Luis Norton de Matos stepped down on Wednesday
- Floyd Pinto, who was Matos’ assistant at Indian Arrows, will be the interim coach for the I-League club, and has come a long way to establish himself as a footballing mastermind
I-League club Indian Arrows played their best football last season when they won 3-0 against Shillong Lajong FC. That triumph is remembered till now for two reasons mainly – one, it was Indian Arrows’ best performance of the season, and two, the man orchestrating the affairs was not Luis Norton de Matos (who recently stepped down as the coach), but it was his assistant Floyd Pinto (who has been appointed as the interim coach for the Arrows). While Matos stepping down as coach seemed a grim news for Arrows in the latest Indian football news, learning that it will be Floyd Pinto who will take charge is bound to bring hope in the minds of the readers of this Indian football latest news.
Luis Norton de Matos, who also coached the India U-17 team at the FIFA World Cup last year, cited “personal reasons” before stepping down from the helm of affairs of the Indian Arrows on Wednesday (July 18). And taking up the interim charge of the Indian Arrows club will be Floyd Pinto, just ahead of their trip to Spain for the five-team Mini Mundial Tournament which has been making waves in the latest Indian football news.
For Floyd Pinto, the offer to coach Indian Arrows has added onto an already illustrious and lengthy coaching career of 13 years, which has seen him head the India U-17, U-18 and U-19 teams. Going by Pinto’s life story, we expect him to b landing at the center of many Indian football news with the Arrows.
Floyd Pinto’s journey from being an engineer to a passionate football coach
While Floyd Pinto is already proving his coaching excellence, the journey has not been an easy and usual one for the 33-year-old. Pinto was once an aspiring engineer who studied Information Technology at the Don Bosco College in Mumbai. The education was followed by a job at ICICI Securities, but what remained constant was Pinto’s love for football.
The principal at the Don Bosco School was Adib Kenkre, two of whose students were Abhishek Yadav and Joshua Lewis. While Abhishek Yadav is the present director of the Indian national teams, Joshua Lewis is the CEO of Kenkre FC, the club which plays in I-League 2nd division.
As reported by the Scroll, Floyd Pinto, who was a hardcore Liverpool and Steven Gerrard fan, was recommended for the coaching position at Kenkre FC by Don Bosco administrator Father Adolf Furtado. Speaking about how he began the journey of being a football coach, Pinto said,
“I started as an academy coach but I was thrown in at the deep end after 15 months. I started with the Under-17 team and worked my way up at Kenkre.”
While at the starting steps of his coaching life, Floyd pursued his coaching licenses proactively, and had even applied for sports management in the United Kingdom. However, as it became “a financial burden” for his parents, Pinto soon opted out. But that was not the end of his dream, as he went on to pursue a B license course in Mizoram.
Six months later, Floyd Pinto also applied to the A license course in Goa, where was accompanied by the likes of Bibiano Fernandes, current India U-16 coach, Gift Raikhan, current coach of Aizawl FC, and Caetano Pinho. Having impressed by his techniques during the course, Pinto soon progressed from being the Kenkre FC coach to doing a stint at the AIFF Elite Academy.