A media briefing was held at the Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL) to inform about the upcoming SAFF Women’s Championship & 2020 AFC U23 Championship Qualifiers in which the respective Teams will be participating.

Sri Lanka women prepare for SAFF 2019

Sri Lanka National Women’s Football Team will be taking part in the 5th edition of the …

The Sri Lanka Women’s Team will take part in the 5th SAFF Women’s Championship 2019 in Nepal from 10th March to the 23rd March whereas the U23 Men’s team will be flying to Bahrain to take part in the 2020 AFC U23 Championship qualifying round group stage tournament from 20th March to the 27th March.

Photo Album : AFC U23 Qualifiers & SAFF Women’s Championship 2019 | Press Conference

President of the FFSL Anura De Silva addressing the media shared his views;

“We are working to progress for the future. National men’s and women’s teams are in training for the future. We are working to build a youth setup, we have started with the U12 associating with the academies. We are planning to take the U23 team to the future and make players come through to the national team.”

“We will prepare for the World Cup qualification in June with the current squad and the U23 players included.

The Head Coach of the Women’s team Mr. Thilak Alponsu said;

“I’m satisfied with the team because we had many training sessions over few months and played few international friendly matches as well. Our main target is to enter into the semi finals and we will make further plans in accordance.”

“We have played a lot of matches in Colombo as friendly games to improve the players strength and ability and we have worked on them. We have identified the areas of improvement and we have worked on it.”

Head Coach of the U23 team Nizam Packeer Ali had this to say;

“The boys are not much experienced locally or internationally. But we have a talented and physically strong team. Though we conduct practices in a short period of time. We hope to give a good competition in these qualifiers.”

“This international experience will be very useful for the upcoming South Asian Games (SAG) to be held in September this year.”

“Training time was limited due to the Champions League however I’m expecting this team to give a surprise as we did in the recent SAFF.”

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