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JOHN NORONHA: The Ugandan Stars Next Door

I am deeply indebted to John Noronha who I have not met personally but only on line. However the support, help and writing that he has done for Stars Next Door is second to none.

I was reluctant to ask him to do any more since he had already done a brilliant essay on Goans in Uganda cricket. However, I thought the least I could do was blog this piece and share it with any journalists who might be interested. I hope those that are able will share their stories on Facebook or online:

Uganda’s Stars Next Door

Compiled by John Noronha

Uganda Goan International or national level sportsman and women
Michael Texeira
John Sequeira           ----    also captained national team (1960)
Edwin Fernandes
Charlie DeSouza       ---    also captained national team   (1970)
Carlitho Mascarenhas
Aloysius Mathias
Celly Dias
Peter De Souza        ---     Also Captained national team (1962 - 65)
Felix De Mello jnr
Lawrence Fernandes
Edwin Fonseca
Lawrence Dias

Men's Hockey
Cosma De Souza
Michael Texeira*
Ambrose Da silva
Aloysius Mathias *
Polly Pereira **
Felix Britto*
Victor Pereira*
Roland Collaco **
Joe Lobo **
Chris Pereira*
Rennie Rodrigues
Roger Gomes**
Jose Pereira*
Wilfred Rodrigues
Carlitho Mascarenhas
Willie Lobo**
Charlie De Souza
Remy Collaco
Franklyn Pereira
Llewelyn Da Costa
Zenon De Souza
Francis Da Silva
Joe Da Silva
Donald Fernandes
Osbert Remedios
George Moraes*
Donat De Souza

Note  ----  * denotes tenured    ** denotes very long tenured

Ladies Hockey
Zulema De Souza
Delphine Francis (nee De Souza )
Ella Gomes
        Clara De Mello (nee Mathias)
        Thelma Collaco
        Flora Gomes (nee De Mello)
        Muriel Alvares (nee Mascarenhas)
        Esme De Souza
        Hyacinth De Mello (nee Desouza)
        Eurema Collaco (nee George)
        Elizabeth Pereira

        At least 7 or 8 other Goan ladies made the Uganda B team


Mr  SP Dias won the Uganda singles crown in 1934 and 1936

Celly Dias ( his son ) won the singles crown in 1953 and also won numerous doubles and mixed doubles crowns. Was also part of the Kampala Goan Inst team that dominated the national Club league for many years on the 50s and 60s

Aloysius Mathias won a number of national doubles and mixed doubles titles and would have been among the top 5 rated players in the country for at least a decade 

Denis Pereira also won a number of doubles national titles ( with Mathias ) and and was among the top 3 singles players in the country at the end of the 60s

In National Club team play, the KGI team of Denis Pereira, Aloysius Mathias, Celly Dias, Canute Mathias, Jose Pereira and Hildebrand Dias won the first division title for 7 years in a row in the 1960's. ( the GI B team also won the 4 th division)


The top Goan players over the years were

Hildebrand Dias.  --  won the national single title and was a perennial finalist. Represented Uganda for many years, captained the team and also played against the Malaysian and Indian national teams

Rena Dias.  ----  won the ladies singles and doubles a number of times. Also represented the national team

Mary Borges. ---  was the most dominant female player in the country in the 1950s winning numerous titles.

Flora Menezes  ( nee Carneiro). Played for the national team in the early 1960s

Victor Albuquerque 

Norma De Souza

Table Tennis

Hyacinth De Mello represented Uganda at the Commonwealth Games
Anthony Mathias  ----  was Uganda singles champion for 7 years and also won the East African title. Also won numerous doubles and mixed double national crowns. Had the distinction of playing against the world famous Victor Barna and took a set from him.

Dolly Pereira            ---      dominated the ladies scene winning the Uganda triple crown a number of times. Also won the East African triple crown
Canute Mathias       ---      With brother Anthony won a number of national doubles titles
Connie De Souza ( Mrs )  -- won numerous titles before migrating to kenya at the end of the 1950's 

Motor Sports
The 4 Dias brothers ---     Roque, Joaquim, Joseph and Anthony all represented Uganda in the annual grass track motorbike racing against Kenya
Connie De souza      --    Also represented Uganda in grass track
Eddie Rodrigues       --   took part in numerous car rallies

Murien De Souza      --   achieved national colours for Uganda and also played regularly for first division Express FC
Austin Pereira            --   selected to play for Buganda province in the Inter provincial ASPRO Cup. Played for Makerere University team and also for Coffee marketing Board club team. ( Currently lives in Norway and his son Thomas pereira played 15 years for Viking FC and also played for Norway
Joseph Mendonca    --   played for Buganda province in the late 1940s

Track and field
Austin Pereira          --  Long Jump   -- achieved a record 23ft 6 inch in the Inter school sports in 1966
Roger Gomes          -- ran the 400 and 800 meters at the club level while also representing uganda in field hockey
Lee Lobo                 -- sprinter in the late 1940s

Snooker and Billiards
Both Eddie Rodrigues and Connie De Souza were Uganda champs at some stage

Braz Menezes on Stars Next Door

Author Matata series Braz Menezes

Last week I received my copy of Stars Next Door by Cyprian (Skip) Fernandes (Goa 1556).
I found myself turning over the pages of a family album - a large family in a small Goan community, dispersed across a vast region of colonial British East Africa. In the early 60s, four independent nations of Kenya, Uganda, Tanganyika and Zanzibar were born.  In those pre-internet days, it was the sporting networks that allowed such talent to maintain contact, grow and thrive both at the national and international level. This ‘anthology’, expertly curated by Cyprian Fernandes, perceptively focuses on Sports and Music. 
Seraphino Antao was of my generation. I can remember how within a few minutes of a race ending, the news of Antao’s win would have reached the Goan clubs and bars. A cheer would go up; a fresh round of drinks ordered; another toast drunk to our Goan family member from Mombasa. He made us proud. We as a community could look up. At midnight when the papers hit the streets, we would zero in to the Nation Sports Page for Cyprian’s gripping account and in later years, Norman Da Costa.
It was the same with field hockey. Silu, Alu, Hilary, Edgar, Egbert, Saude, Reynold, Leo and others - classmates and friends at the Dr. Ribeiro Goan School. We basked in their glory, but the talent and hard work was theirs alone.
It was pleasure to read the tribute to ‘Master’ Anthony D’Souza by Hilary Fernandes. He taught us diligently to love Math and English at DRGS, but his passion was in coaching the hockey players, and what a fine legacy he has left behind!
There are others like Johnny Lobo and the Nairobi Heroes, but must leave soccer and women’s sports for another time.
Our Goan musicians that played at the Goan clubs in Nairobi, Mombasa, and Daresalaam and Kampala, were also household names and of our generation. Edmund Silveira’s piece reminded me of the rap across the knuckles that Mother Gertrude would dish out with a wooden ruler, if we appeared to slack at the Catholic Parochial School in 1946. Edmund studied piano. Four boys next door took violin lessons. One day heard her wooden clogs on the cement corridor retuning to the class. We stopped our ‘fencing’ tournament with our bows. There was an accident. My violin crashed to the floor. My musical career ended. What a legend Edmund has become his own lifetime.
Henry Braganza, Max De Souza, ‘Couti’ Delfine Da Costa, and the others kept us entertained through those years. They too were classmates. When they left, they seemed to have ended up in Canada. They are still here. Others on that long list have settled in the UK and Australia.
One of the joys of turning over the pages of Stars Next Door is see the continuity of the Goan endeavor in both sports and music, in spite of the family upheavals and disruption of migration across oceans and time zones ranging from Australia to Canada. These Stars or their progeny have restarted and carried on. I was recently estimating that there must be at least fifteen professional Goan bands including ‘one-man bands’ that play in the Greater Toronto Area to multicultural Canadian audiences. Liquid Jazz is a standard on CBC Radio.
What Cyprian has achieved in drilling down into some of the ‘Stars’, is assemble conveniently for posterity, the richness of Goan Society during 60s and 70s. 
I hope now that Cyprian will find the time and resources to put out another publication that will cover a similar close-up view of the Goans employed in Education and Health, during the same period of time. There are teachers, doctors, midwives, whose stories need to be told.
 Congratulations Skip! A great contribution and supplement to Yesterday in Paradise.
Congratulations to Frederick Noronha and Goa 1556 for another fine publication.
Braz Menezes, Burlington, ON, Canada

Stars Next Door is available from the following people:

In Goa

Frederick Noronha
784, Near Lourdes Convent
Sonarbhat SALIGAO PO
Bardez Goa
9822122436 (please SMS if you can't get through)
0832-2409490 (landline)


Astrid D. Fernandes,
30 Allenwood Crescent,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada,
M2J 2R2   Tel:  416-733-1141

Lan.  905 273 4029
Cell.  647 643 4029

John Noronha
3542 Burningelm Cres 
Canada.  L4Y 3L1

3174 Huxley Drive
Mississauga Ontario
L5L 4S7
905 607 1395


Norman Da Costa
26 Lilly Crescent
Brampton Ontario
L6Y 3K3


Juliettee De-Menezes D’Costa
The Jays
177 Covington Way
SW16 3AH


Cyprian Fernandes
+612 98963646