The Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL) has been forced to postpone the week 2 fixtures of the Dialog Champions League 2016 Super 8 stage indefinitely, a day after it was rescheduled to be played next week.
The Super 8 week 2 fixtures which were scheduled to be on the 11th of September were shifted to 14th September on Thursday (8th Sep), due to the overwhelming amount of requests that came through to the Football Federation of Sri Lanka to postpone the match day, as the Eid-al-Adha the Feast of Sacrifice falls on the 12th of September, and was communicated to the media.
However, the next day (9th Sep) another media release contained the below statement;
“Please be informed that the Super 8 matches scheduled to be played on 13th & 14th September 2016 is postponed due to unavoidable circumstances.”
This has caused immense confusion amongst the clubs, fans and the media while the postponement of matches would see the tournament clash with the Sri Lanka National teams’ upcoming tour of Cambodia and Thailand and more adversely, the AFC Solidarity Cup.
According to the sources closest to the FFSL, the postponement has happened as the Sri Lanka National team coaching staff and management has voiced their disapproval, of DCL matches played during the weekdays as it is clashing with the National teams’ training sessions.
Questions arise as to why the competitions committee did not have prior communication or understanding between the National team management about rescheduling fixtures, before they released to the media, the now postponed, rescheduled fixtures for the 13th and 14th.
This was not the first instance of such confusion, as the start of the DCL16 Super 8 stage had to be postponed by a week due to another internal miscommunication.
This further highlights the communication lapses and coordination between the parties within the FFSL itself and projects a bad image to the public, where proper processes and communication with the organization would have helped avoid the ‘unavoidable circumstances.’