He was so successful as coach and general secretary of the club during Dempo’s fantastic run from 2004-2013, that sometimes his contribution as a player is forgotten. Armando Colaco was reliable and efficient on the pitch and lauded for his positional awareness while playing as attacking midfielder and forward. Colaco kick-started his football career with Don Bosco Oratory, a league team in the seventies, and even though he was wanted by several teams, waited till he got an offer from the club of his dreams. Once he joined Dempo, there was no looking back as coach Joseph Rathnam utilised his talents judiciously and made him an integral part of his slick passing machine. He donned the India colours at the 1976 President’s Cup in Seoul.