Sri Lanka Football is planning to launch a well-structured ‘3-Year Development Plan’ – a special project in association with Qatar Football Association (QFA) and world famous Aspire Academy of Qatar.
This project will be a massive milestone in Sri Lankan Football history where all national teams including women teams will be brought under one umbrella with uniform strategies of training plans to create a Sri Lankan way of playing Football in the future.
Two prominent figures in the world Football industry, Andrew Morrison, the Manchester City legendary Captain and Keith Stevens, Scottish player with over 547 professional appearances in the English Football League, were appointed to take charge to execute the national team related components within this massive project. Marcus Ferreira, who was the Fitness Coach during the 1995 SAFF Gold Cup glory, has been appointed as the Fitness co Coachach for this project.
Another Football FIFA Legend, Tim Cahill (former Australian World Cup Captain), will oversee the entire project as the ‘Chief Football Officer and Project Director’ on behalf of Aspire Academy, who will ensure that the services of many experts are obtained for this project at various stages.
The project will comprise of many components for Development Strategies for National Teams, Reforms in Competition Structure, Elite Coach Education & Mentoring, establishing a vibrant Grassroot & Youth Football Structure, Exchange of expertise and Scholarships to talented players to play in overseas leagues.
Morrison and Stevens are already in Colombo, observing and assessing the players and training facilities of the current national team. They are also advising and supporting the local coaching staff in the preparation of the team. Both coaches will travel with the team to Qatar Training Camp from 25th May to 3rd June 2022, and will accompany the team to Uzbekistan from 4th to 14th June 2022. They will also support the local coaches in preparing the game plans, assessments of players and analyze the games as an interim arrangement.
Upon completion of the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers in Uzbekistan, both coaches will submit a comprehensive report on their findings to the management and to the QFA, with their recommendations for the next step of actions.
The senior management of FFSL, both coaches and an expert group from Aspire Academy, will take part in a review and planning meeting in Qatar, in which the final program is set to launch officially.
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This will be a Legacy Project for Qatar Football Association, Sri Lanka Football, Aspire Foundation and to the coaches who are involved in the project with the goal of creating a positive impact on Football. Sri Lanka is ranked at 205 in the international ranking, and will look to climb up within short period with this special project.
“I am extremely proud and humbled to introduce this legacy project to the people of Sri Lanka as part of my duty to uplift the game I loved throughout my life. I also thank QFA President Shaikh Hamad bin Al Khalifa Al Thani, CEO of Aspire Academy and Aspire Foundation, Tim Cahill for coming forward to support this project by covering all costs related. A special thank goes to the people of Qatar for supporting the people of Sri Lanka during these difficult times in the country,” FFSL President Jaswar Umar stated.
“We warmly welcome Andrew Morrisson, Keith Stevens and Marcus Ferriera to this beautiful country, and a ‘big thank you’ for all of the for coming forward to assist developing Sri Lankan Football,” President Jaswar Umar further added.
A Goalkeeping Coach is set join the team very soon during this project, and an official launch of the project is set to take place in July this year.