The Cargills Food City FA Cup championship has reached its final stage with 32 teams qualifying to play in this round commencing on May 30. This was revealed by the outgoing president of Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL) Ranjith Rodrigo addressing the media for the last time, at the FFSL Auditorium on Thursday.
Rodrigo said he was leaving with great happiness after laying the foundation to promote football by introducing youth programs while increasing the number of Leagues to 66.
When Rodrigo took over only 176 teams took part in this FA Cup Championship.
Rodrigo said Cargills wanted the number of teams increased to 500 and the FFSL took up the challenge as officials worked hard to achieve this objective.
The championship which commenced on 29th November 2014 saw 628 teams competing from 66 Leagues. The final 32 teams will play the final stage on a knock-out basis. The most interesting to note is that the Jaffna FL was able to forward 35 teams while Trincomalee and Batticaloa Leagues entered 15 and 10 teams respectively. Mannar FL sent in 23 teams for the Championship with Vadamarachchi entering 25 teams.
Rodrigo also said that it is great to see teams from Ampara, Jaffna, Mannar and Trincomalee make their way to the final round and play against top teams from Colombo and other parts of the country.
Chief Operations Officer of Cargills, Delano Dias, said that their Company has been promoting their products by going out to all parts of the country with the sole intention of serving the masses of this sport which has brought them great benefits.