Seven South Asian Football Federation nations under SAFF, namely India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri Lanka were expected to meet for its Executive Committee Meeting in Sri Lanka for the first time in our soil in August Negombo.
The South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) was founded in 1997 to strengthen football cooperation among member countries. It organises the famous SAFF championship every two years apart from U-16 and women’s championships played every other year.
Hosting the above high profile meeting was the initiative of Ranjith Rodrigo who is the current vice president of the SAFF. He was the former President of Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL). Rodrigo is also an executive committee member, Chairman of Media and Finance Committee and Deputy Chairman of International relations committee of FFSL.
Rodrigo also performed as an acting President of SAFF in the absence of Kazi Salahudeen of Bangladesh – incumbent President of SAFF due to his poor health. The SAFF Executive Committee meeting is an important event which is expected to endorse decisions to introduce new competitions and carry out development programmes in this region. If approved, all member countries will receive many additional benefits to develop the game.
Anura de Silva, the president of FFSL, will attend this meeting on behalf of Sri Lanka as the member of the SAFF Executive Committee. The meeting will be held at Jetwing Blue, Negombo.
During the meeting, the SAFF Executive Committee will take key decisions regarding the SAFF Women Championship 2016, the first ever SAFF Club Cup Tournament, Venue for SAFF Championship 2017 and hosting countries of U-16 and U-19 championship in 2017. It is also learnt that some standing committees including competition and finance also will be approved.