Blue Star SC hail from the football crazy town of Kalutara and became the only team based South of Colombo to win the top division when they clinched the title in 2003/04.

Most recently the club has been on the ascendency yet again and emerged runners up in the 2014 & 2015 FA Cups, losing the final to Army SC and Colombo FC respectively. The team has a great fan following in the South and has the players to beat any team on their day.

Quick Facts
Home GroundVernon Fernando Football Complex, Kalutara
Club CaptainManjula Fernando
CoachChandradasa Karunaratne

 

2015 Campaign

Blue Star SC had a solid but unspectacular campaign in 2015, qualifying for the Super 8s only to finish 2nd from bottom when it really mattered. They played well in the group stages, registering 5 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses.

However they were found to be out of their depth in the Super 8 stage, failing to register a win and ending up with 4 draws and 3 losses. Their FA Cup campaign was another disappointment as well and saw them make the Quarter Finals, only to lose 1-0 to Saunders SC.

2016 Campaign

Blue Star SC started the 2016 campaign without a regular coach and had an inconsistent season in a rollercoaster of a campaign.

What started with a 1-0 win over Colombo FC quickly disintegrated to the lows of a 6-0 loss to Army and a 1-0 loss at home to Matara City FC.

Blue Star ultimately sealed their place in the Super 8 stage in the final game week, courtesy of a crucial 2-0 win over Solid SC at home.  

Speaking to ThePapare.com regarding this season, skipper Manjula Fernando had this to say,

“We started the season without a coach, with the senior players taking responsibility for the team. Especially after the loss to Matara City, the team galvanized together to achieve the goal of reaching the Super 8s. Our coach was a great strength to us as well along with our spectators who always have our backs.”

Key Players

Manjula Fernando – Nasiru Opayemi – Idowu Hameed – E.B.Channa

Former National goalkeeper and Skipper of Blue Star, Manjula Fernando has been a leader on the field, organizing his defence and making important saves throughout the season.

He has been aided in keeping the goals out by lanky center back Nasiru Opayemi who has been one of their most influential players this season. Opayemi has been solid at the back and a threat from set pieces with his height being a real nuisance for opposition defenders inside the box.

Idowu Hameed has been the top goal scorer for Blue Star, converting some pressure penalties along the way. The midfielder is good going forward and has proved to be a key figure for the team in the middle of the park.

There has been much debate about E.B. Channa’s lifestyle and behaviour off the football field, but there can be no debate as to the value he adds to this Blue Star team. The experienced forward has been a consistent performer in Kalutara over the past two years and will be key for them going forward as well.

Super 8 expectations

Speaking to ThePapare.com, coach Karunaratne had this to say on his experience at Blue Star thus far,

“The team and management have supported me since I took over. We have been working on our finishing which was one area I identified that needed improvement. We were motivated to reach the Super 8 stages and were in good spirits before the final game of the season and our supporters ultimately helped us over the line. We have a squad of experienced players and I look forward to making some more improvements in preparation for the Super 8 stage.”

Blue Star SC have the talent to do well in the Super 8s, but it is the consistency, especially in defence, that has been lacking throughout the season. They go into the Super 8s with a lot of momentum but will likely find it difficult to cope against teams that play on the counter.

You have to be in it to win it, and Blue Star have found a way against all odds to drag themselves into the Super 8 stage, and though a mid table finish is most likely, there will be more than a few hearts in Kalutara that will believe this group of players can go all the way.

Squad 2016/17

  • Everyone
  • Midfielders
  • Defenders
  • Goalkeepers
  • Forwards
  • Sanjeewa Seemon
    Midfielder
    Sanjeewa Seemon
    Midfielder

    Position: Midfielder

    Jersey No: 11

    D.O.B: 76/12/28

    Club: Blue Star SC

    School: Kaluthara Tissa Central National School

  • E.B.Channa
    Forward
    E.B.Channa
    Forward

    Position: Forward

    Jersey No: 10

    D.O.B: 78/09/22

    Club: Blue Star SC

    School: All Saints College, Galle

  • Mohamad Mazeer
    Midfielder
    Mohamad Mazeer
    Midfielder

    Position: Midfielder

    Jersey No: 17

    D.O.B: 98/04/28

    Club: Blue Star SC

    School: Kaluthara Muslim Central College

  • Mohamed Rizan
    Forward
    Mohamed Rizan
    Forward

    Position: Forward

    Jersey No: 21

    D.O.B: 92/06/18

    Club: Blue Star SC

    School: Sri Devananda Vidyalaya, Kalutara

  • Afonja Jibola
    Forward
    Afonja Jibola
    Forward

    Position: Forward

    Jersey No: 09

    D.O.B: 92/01/16

    Club: Blue Star SC

    School: -

  • Indika Pradeep
    Defender
    Indika Pradeep
    Defender

    Position: Defender

    Jersey No: 24

    D.O.B: 91/02/02

    Club: Blue Star SC

    School: Anuradhapura, Walisinghe Harischandra MV

  • Mohamed Rizvi
    Goalkeeper
    Mohamed Rizvi
    Goalkeeper

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Jersey No: 01

    D.O.B: 81/09/21

    Club: Blue Star SC

    School: Kaluthara Muslim Central College

  • Manjula Fernando
    Goalkeeper
    Manjula Fernando
    Goalkeeper

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Jersey No: 25

    D.O.B: 81/11/02

    Club: Blue Star SC

    School: Gnanodaya MV, Kaluthara

  • Balagamage Shivanka
    Defender
    Balagamage Shivanka
    Defender

    Position: Defender

    Jersey No: 22

    D.O.B: 79/01/18

    Club: Blue Star SC

    School: St.Aloysius’ College, Galle

  • Nasiru Opayemi
    Defender
    Nasiru Opayemi
    Defender

    Position: Defender

    Jersey No: 15

    D.O.B: 91/10/10

    Club: Blue Star SC

    School: -

  • Bashith Ameer
    Forward
    Bashith Ameer
    Forward

    Position: Forward

    Jersey No: 19

    D.O.B: 94/11/08

    Club: Blue Star SC

    School: Muslim Central College, Kalutara

  • Mohamed Imthath
    Forward
    Mohamed Imthath
    Forward

    Position: Forward

    Jersey No: 12

    D.O.B: 86/08/02

    Club: Blue Star SC

    School: Arfath Muslim Vidyalaya

  • Lahiru Tharaka
    Defender
    Lahiru Tharaka
    Defender

    Position: Defender

    Jersey No: 05

    D.O.B: 89/04/20

    Club: Blue Star SC

    School: Holy Cross College, Kalutara

  • Fahir Ali
    Defender
    Fahir Ali
    Defender

    Position: Defender

    Jersey No: 04

    D.O.B: 87/12/06

    Club: Blue Star SC

    School: Muslim Central College, Kalutara

  • Chandradasa Karunarathne
    Head Coach
    Chandradasa Karunarathne
    Head Coach

    Blue Star Football Club Head Coach

  • Mohamed Najeem
    Midfielder
    Mohamed Najeem
    Midfielder

    Position: Midfielder

    Jersey No: 06

    D.O.B: 77/07/22

    Club: Blue Star SC

    School: Muslim Central College

  • Mohamed Fahim
    Physician
    Mohamed Fahim
    Physician

    Blue Star Football Club Physician

  • Mohamed Farzeen
    Forward
    Mohamed Farzeen
    Forward

    Position: Forward

    Jersey No: 07

    D.O.B: 85/10/23

    Club: Blue Star SC

    School: Muslim Central College

  • Mohamed Shazan
    Forward
    Mohamed Shazan
    Forward

    Position: Forward

    Jersey No: 05

    D.O.B: 98/05/21

    Club: Blue Star SC

    School: Muslim Central College

  • Mohamed Sahalan
    Midfielder
    Mohamed Sahalan
    Midfielder

    Position: Midfielder

    Jersey No: 14

    D.O.B: 95/03/22

    Club: Blue Star SC

    School: Muslim Central College

  • Idowu Hameed
    Midfielder
    Idowu Hameed
    Midfielder

    Position: Midfielder

    Jersey No: 08

    D.O.B: 92/04/24

    Club: Blue Star SC

    School: -

  • Mohamed Rifkan
    Defender
    Mohamed Rifkan
    Defender

    Position: Defender

    Jersey No: 20

    D.O.B: 91/08/03

    Club: Blue Star SC

    School: Arfath Muslim Vidyalaya

  • Mohamed Irshan
    Midfielder
    Mohamed Irshan
    Midfielder

    Position: Midfielder

    Jersey No: 16

    D.O.B: 79/19/28

    Club: Blue Star SC

    School: Muslim Central College

  • Mohamed Munfik
    Defender
    Mohamed Munfik
    Defender

    Position: Defender

    Jersey No: 18

    D.O.B: 93/03/16

    Club: Blue Star SC

    School: Muslim Central College

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