Vice-captain Shabeer Razooniya bagged 8 goals in 6 matches leading the line for Sri Lanka at the recently concluded 46th Asian Schools’ U18 Football Championship in Agra, India.
Sri Lanka missed out on a semi-final place in the SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018 …
Sri Lanka were drawn in Group B along with South Korea, Malaysia, Bhutan and host India. In the first 2 matches against the much-fancied South Korea and Malaysia the Lankan school boys lost 2-0 in both matches after performing admirably.
In their match against Bhutan however Sri Lanka had an excellent outing with a 12-1 thumping win.
Shabeer Razooniya, the skipper of St. Peter’s College, bagged 7 goals while Mohamed Aakib of Zahira College and Hirusha Nethmina, from Kingswood College, contributed with 2 goals each. Mohamed Sahan of Hameed Al Hussenie College scored one goal.
The next game was against India. Despite playing an excellent game Sri Lanka lost 2-1. Once again Shabeer Razooniya bagged the solitary goal for the Lankans. Sri Lanka managed to finish in 4th place in the group with superior goal difference. Shabeer received the ‘Golden Boot’ award for scoring the most goals in the tournament.
Sri Lanka lost to Nepal 1-0 to move to the final match to decide 7th-8th place. India beat China in the other game leaving China to battle it out with Sri Lanka.
In the game against China, Sri Lanka showed great determination and grit. After a seesaw battle Sri Lanka lost to a solitary goal thus finishing the tournament in 8th place out of 10 teams.
Sri Lanka 0 – 2 South Korea
Sri Lanka 0 – 2 Malaysia
Sri Lanka 12 – 1 Bhutan
Sri Lanka 1 – 2 India
Sri Lanka 0 – 1 Nepal
Sri Lanka 0 – 1 China