Colombo Veterans FC led by former National defender Jagath Rohan will be taking part in the International Masters Soccer tournament to be hosted by India in Cochin from November 8th to 10th.
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Four time International Masters Champions Colombo Veterans, will be aiming to win the championship for the fifth time as they boast of some the best former national and club players. But, it won’t be easy as a team from football fame England will be participating for the first time this year and will be a tough side to beat. Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mauritius, former champions Singapore, South Africa, UAE, and the hosts India are the other nations who will field the veteran teams.
The teams will be divided into two groups and the first round will be played on league basis and the two group leaders will play each other in the final to determine the champion.
Colombo Veterans FC taking part in this tournament from the inception, won the inaugural International Masters Soccer Tournament which was held in Singapore in 2006. They were joint champions with Singapore in 2008 and became champions in 2011 and last year in Dubai. Apart from this Colombo Veterans FC were runner-up in 2007, 2012, 2013 and 2015.
This year too Colombo Veterans FC will field almost the same team that won the International Soccer Masters Tournament under the theme of Goodwill Soccer Festival in Dubai last year.
The Colombo Veterans FC won the Goodwill Soccer Festival in the International Masters’ Football Tournament in Dubai.
Due to inclement weather Colombo Veterans FC players are finding it difficult to have regular practices. But the Coach cum player and former Sri Lanka Youth Mohamed Faiz and the team manager Feroze Inham are confident that their team would perform well and clinch the title for the fifth time.
The team is fully sponsored by the Founder and President of Colombo Veterans FC, Ramanathan Puwanenthiran who is also a team member will bore the whole expenses of the entire players’ airfare and accommodation in India.
Puwanenthiran fondly known as Puhal is a great promoter of football founded this club to ensure the retired soccerites enjoy their lives and not isolated.
Colombo Veterans FC squad
Jagath Rohan ©, Joseph Shanthakumar (Rasa), Jayashantha Liyanage, Priyantha Liyanage (Chutta), Anton Silva, Karuppan Ramar, M.H.Roomy (all former soccer nationals), Mohamed Faiz (Coach cum player), Maxie Lettrn, Dhammika Attukorale, Gunatillake Bandara, Vijaya Baskar, Mohammed Imthishan (Udaya), Mohammed Rishan, Sisira Kumara, Mohammed Hishamudeen, Prasanna Hettiarachchi, Tuan Haladeen, Samantha Perera, Feroze Inham (Manager)