Colombo FC will be taking on Transport United from Bhutan in the 1st qualifying round match of the AFC Cup 2019. The 1st leg will take place on the 20th Feb at Race Course International Stadium and the 2nd leg will be held at the National Stadium Timpu, Bhutan on 27th February.
Colombo FC will be taking on Transport United from Bhutan in the 1st Qualifying round match of the AFC Cup 2019.
Pre match press conference was held at the Football House with FFSL President Mr. Anura De Silva , Mr. Saif Yusoof Manager Colombo FC, Mr. U.L. Jaswar Gen Secretary FFSL, Mr M. Premadasa Technical Director CFC, Mr. Aabid Akram Media Officer CFC in attendance.
Speaking to the media present Mr. Saif Yusoof elaborated the significance of the AFC Cup and the challenges faced to prepare for the two matches which will be held.
“It’s a dream to play in the AFC Cup for any club in Asia. The club had to meet several standards and requirements in order to compete”
“As a club we are excited to play against a club from Bhutan or India, we have added a couple of loan players to strengthen the lineup. Mr. Ruwan Kumara is the Head Coach and assisted by Mr. Mohamed Roomy”
“Transport United have already played friendly games to prepare in India and a team we cannot underestimate”
“I am requesting all clubs and fans in Sri Lanka to come and support Colombo FC as this is International Football for Sri Lanka”
“I also request the media to give full coverage and support to promote the match. We too will be doing a marketing campaign”
Expressing his views the President of the FFSL Mr. Anura De Silva:
“It’s a proud moment for FFSL as we know how Colombo FC progressed from division 3 and has elevated to the highest level in the local arena”
“I am confident that Saif and his team will have a wonderful match and will be victorious on the 20th Feb and also whatever the condition in Bhutan you can still perform and bring glory to Sri Lanka”
“We are there to support all the clubs and the clubs also have responsibility to take up and carry on”
“We don’t know who will qualify for next year based on the requirements given by the AFC and abiding by their regulations”
The 1st Leg will take place on the 20th Feb at Race Course International stadium and kick off at 3.30pm.
The 2nd Leg will take place on the 27th Feb at the National Stadium in Timpu kicking off at 5.30pm.
The squad is currently undergoing a residential training camp and is better prepared than the last time when they played against Mohun Bagan in India.
The team will be led by the experienced Raumi Mohideen. The final squad will be released in the coming days.