The Dialog Champions League enters its fifth week with Crystal Palace SC and Colombo FC holding on to their top positions in Group ‘A’ and ‘B’ respectively. The Group ‘A’ leaders from Gampola has completed five matches winning three, losing one and a draw to collect 10 points. Their closest rivals Nandimithra SC are having a total of nine points gained from three wins and a draw.
Nandimithra SC could have occupied the top position if they had avoided losing one game. So far the top notch teams from Colombo and outstations have failed to live up to expectations and are lying at the bottom of the tables. The teams who have made their way the Champions League during last three years are performing well this season to challenge these former champs and top teams. It is only the Army SC team that has made a solid start to the tourney playing only two games so far collected a maximum 6 points and with this performance they look certain to move to the top posing a big threat to table leaders.
Meanwhile in Group ‘B’, it is the FA Cup champs Colombo FC placed as leaders with 10 points. On points they are tied with Navy SC who are placed in this position collected their points from nine games whereas the Colombo club gained ten points from only four games are certain to remain on top.
In both Groups Colombo’s leading and former champion teams are facing torrid times especially from outstations Clubs. With the number of spectators rising for these games played in the outstations the players are encouraged to reach greater heights and it has become a must for all players to come out with their best during matches. The final result of this trend has seen these clubs pose a threat to top ranked clubs in their own den.
The Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL), the organizers of this Tourney has done a good job up to now conducting the matches according to schedule and also minus any serious issues. So far the FFSL has completed 40 games from both Groups.