Sri Lanka National Men’s Football Team Head Coach Nizam Packeer Ali expressed his disappointment regarding Colombo FC & Renown SC not allowing their players to attend the Sri Lanka U23 Trials.
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Apparently, none of the players from the triple champions Colombo FC and Renown SC, who were asked to participate for the trials, which started today (7th January), had arrived at the Beddagana Football Complex.
Speaking exclusively to ThePapare.com Nizam Packeer Ali had this to say;
“Some players from Colombo FC and Renown haven’t turned up (for trials). They said it was some issues regarding the pitch or something like that.
I need the support from the clubs as well to release these players, because this is the National Team. When the National Team does well it is good for the clubs also.”
Both Colombo & Renown are midway into the Dialog Champions League 2018 and are locked in a fierce battle for the championship. Incidentally, according to sources all the other clubs involved in the Dialog Champions League have allowed their players to participate in the trials, which are to be held in three batches.
Both Colombo & Renown have several skilled and talented players who could make their way into the National U23 squad.
Another issue that has arisen is the unavailability of the Goalkeeper Coach Sampath Bandara.
“My goalkeeper trainer has also not come because he is having a problem with his leave from the Army (where he works). Hopefully I can have them as fast as possible,” added Packeer Ali.
“We need Sampath Bandara because we have got very young talented goalkeepers who are tall and strong who need to be well trained,” he added.