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Brahmanand Sankhwalkar Arjuna Award Awarded In 1997

Brahmanand Sankhwalkar

Brahmanand Sankhwalkar

Award Name : Arjuna Award

Year of Award : 1997

Award for : Sports and Games

Location : Taleigao, Goa, India


Brahmanand Sagoon Kamat Sankhwalkar is a former Indian footballer and a captain of the Indian team from 1983 to 1986, who played as a goalkeeper. Considered one of India's best goalkeepers, he had 25-year playing career. Sankhwalkar was born on March 6, 1954, in Taleigão. He played for Panvel Sports Club, Salgaocar, Churchill Brothers, Anderson Mariners at the club level, that included 17 years with Salgaocar, and for Goa state team in the Santosh Trophy. Playing for Goa, he led the team to two consecutive wins at the Santosh Trophy; in 1983 and 1984. Having maintained a clean sheet of 576 minutes in the 1984 tournament, he holds the Indian record. The All India Football Federation named him the player of the decade, for the 1985–1995 decade. Recognizing his contribution to Indian football, he was awarded the Arjuna Award by the government of India in 1997.

He inherited the love for football at a young age from his father Seguna Sankhwalkar and their family doctor Alvaro Pinto, with the latter telling Sankhwalkar stories about famous goalkeepers and showing him the basic football techniques. He played as forward during his school days. His elder brother Vallabh, a footballer played at the local Panvel Sports Club. Sankhwalkar began his career in professional football in 1971, when he began playing for the Panvel Sports Club, when an official asked his brother, who was playing with the same club at the time, for a makeshift goalkeeper, in the absence of their regular goalkeepers. Two weeks later, he signed by the club. He made his debut against Goa Shipyard, with his team winning the match 6–3. In 1974, as a 21-year-old, he captained the team to its first Bandodkar Gold Trophy win, beating Sese Goa 2–0 in the final.