Blue Eagles captain Lakmal Gunasinghe (left) and Colombo FC captain B.M.C.B. Rathnayake with the Vantage FFSL President’s Cup Trophy
By Susil Premalal
An explosive contest is on the cards as Colombo FC and Blue Eagles SC battle under lights at the Sugathadasa Stadium tomorrow in the final of the Vantage FFSL President’s Trophy 2020. Kick-off is scheduled for 6.30pm.
Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa will grace the occasion as the chief guest of the tournament organized by the Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL).
Colombo FC will be seeking to avenge their 2-0 loss to Blue Eagles in the group stages. The Airmen, known as Blue Eagles, had an unbeaten run though losing in the quarter-finals to New Star SC who were disqualified for impersonating a youth player.
Both semifinals were decided on penalties after the scores were deadlocked 2-2 at full time.
The FFSL allocated rupees 30 million as participation fees for the 20 teams. The champions will receive Rs. 300,000 as prize money in addition to the trophy.
The tournament was played behind closed doors with limited fans being allowed into the stadium following strict health regulations because of the coronavirus. The match is being streamed live through FFSL’s official YouTube channel ‘Sri Lanka Football TV’.
Colombo FC (from): Nazeer Imran, Furic Momas, Mohamed Fazal, Shabeer Razooniya, Niran Kanishka, Zarwan Johar, Ahamed Shazny, Siraj Jain, Mohamed Aakib, Afeel Mohamed, B.M.C.B. Rathnayake (captain), M.S.M. Shakeer, Buddhika Perera, M.N.M. Rilwan, Abdul Basith, Rawme Mohideen, M.I.M. Musharaf, Bodric Dimithri, Dinesh Suren, Safran Sattar, Haleem Rumlan, N.A.M. Adhil and Fayak Asim.
Blue Eagles (from): H.M. Prabath Ruwan Arunasiri, M.S. Mohamed Zimal, D.M.D. Lakmal Gunasinghe (captain), L.H. Kavindu Ishan, B.S. Chathuranga Fernando, P.A. Jeewantha Fernando, S. Chamith Dissanayake, W. Nethma Malshan, M.M.P.C. Madushan Fernando, K.N. Harsha Fernando, H.G. Chalana Pramantha, D.D.M.M. Premachandra, D. Nuwan Welgamage, C. Krishan Dhanushka, D.K. Duminda, P.A.D.U. Shanaka Wijesena, T. Damith Dissanayake, A.P. Chamal Mendis, U.G.R. Gimhana Attanayake, W.M. Amalakshan Fernando, P.A.E. Roshan Fernando, L.V. Jayantha de Zoysa and D.M.A.H. Dissanayake.