While the Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL) has made necessary arrangements for the 2nd leg against Macau, the participation of Macau is still in doubt.
This was expressed at the pre-match press conference for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup 2023 Preliminary Joint Qualification Round 1 2nd leg match between Sri Lanka and Macau, held at the Galadari Hotel.
Macau FA had previously decided not to send its National Team to the Island due to security concerns.
- Macau players quit National Team in protest
- Macau refrains from traveling to Sri Lanka
- AFC & FIFA has accepted our security plans to play – FFSL
- We’ll try our level best with the youngsters – Packeer Ali
Addressing the media, Anura De Silva President of the FFSL spoke on the possibility of the fixture going ahead as planned;
“We have made all the arrangements and are waiting to commence the match tomorrow (11th June) at 3.30pm at the Sugathadasa Stadium. Unfortunately, we are still waiting for the confirmation from Macau of the arrival of their team. So far, we have not got any official communication from Macau or from AFC or FIFA on any change of match date or venue as of now.
We are prepared to host the match tomorrow; our team is prepared to play the match tomorrow. Even though our team lost the first leg match by a margin of one goal, we are determined and confident our team will give the opponents’ value for their money and see that we qualify for the next round of the World Cup.”
Head Coach Nizam Packeer Ali went on to state;
“We are really focused on our preparation, regardless of whether they are coming or not. We are waiting for the match. The training is going on as usual, we are not relaxed, players are also not relaxed, they are really focused. We are mentally fit and physically also they are fit. They are ready for the match.”