When it came to dedication, there were very few who could hold a candle to Lector Mascarenhas. As a youngster, he trained all by himself at the Figueiredo ground in Sanvordem, such was his love and devotion to football, developing his ball skills in the process. This reflected in his play while doing duty for Guardian Angel, Salgaocar, Tatas, Dempo and finally Customs & Central Excise. The former India midfielder was also blessed with boundless energy and innate intelligence. It was this that endeared him to national coaches and he had a particularly good outing against the visiting Sao Paolo FC from Brazil in 1984 and 1989.