Last year’s runners-up in the Cargills Food City FA Cup, Blue Star Sports Club from Kalutara will clash with Colombo FC in the final of the FA Cup 2015 on 5th July at the Sugathadasa. The kick off is scheduled for 7 pm.
This years FA Cup tournament set a new record with 628 teams from all parts of the island participating, said the President of the FFSL Anura de Silva. He further said that this was achieved mainly due to the hard work done to develop the sport by the former FFSL President Ranjith Rodrigo. His main target was to take the sport to the outstations to give the rural folk a chance to enter the main stream of football.
This was possible as the sponsor Cargills Food City came forward to support the game on a long term basis. The number of teams has increased from 178 last year to 628 teams this year.
Last year’s runner up Blue Star SC is led by former national player Raumy Mohideen and is coached by his brother who is also a former national player. They entered the final after defeating Navy in the semi-final on a tie breaker shoot out after the game ended in a one all draw.
Both teams were on equal terms even after the tie breaker and the referee continued to go ahead with the shoot out which is known as the sudden death shoot and the Navy kicker failed to find the target but the Blue Star kicker made no mistake with his kick and carried his side to the final.
Blue Star skipper Mohamed Rameez speaking said last they failed to carry the Trophy to Kalutara due to few mistakes made during the final against strong outfit from Army. This year they are coming for this final with the hope of achieving their target to take away the Trophy to Kalutara. “My main intention is to win this final take the Trophy and hand it over to my coach and brother with my own hands,” said Rameez.
Colombo FC skipper Raumy Mohideen is a veteran who done a lot of service to the national team as a mid fielder during his hay days. He has helped Ratnam SC to win five FA Cup finals. Raumy who joined the newly formed Colombo FC last year promises to bring glory by winning this major championships.
Raumy added that Blue Star team is a well knit side and his team have to work hard to control the Kalutara boys and penetrate their defence if they are to take away the trophy to Slave Island.
Dilano Dias the Chief Operating officer of Cargills who was present at the briefing said that he is highly satisfied with the yeomen services put forward by the FFSL to bring this championship to greater heights. He also added that his company came forward to uplift the sport at a time when the sport was in dire straits.
It was disclosed by the FFSL officials that already the main pavilion tickets have been sold out and the spectators are advised to arrive early to avoid the rush expected on this day.