Three foreign based Lankan soccerites qualify to play for National team

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Sri Lanka National Soccer Team is to get the services of three Sri Lankan born foreign based players at the upcoming World Cup round II qualifying round matches, which is scheduled to commence from October this year. This was confirmed by Anura de Silva, President of the Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL), speaking to Daily News yesterday.

The Razik brothers, Wazim and Shabir who lives in Germany along with Mervin Hamilton of the United Kingdom have qualified to wear the National Jersey.

Wazim has already represented the national team in a World Cup qualifying match followed by a tournament held in Bangladesh last year. But his brother Shabir is yet to make the debut at the national level along with Hamilton. According to Anura all these players have met the necessary

requirements and are eligible to play for the national team.

Hamilton wasthe last player to meet the necessary criteria before obtaining the dual citizen, which was a mandatory requirement. Hamilton will have to make his presence here to collect the dual citizenship certificate, which has been finalized and is awaiting the Bandaranaike International Airport to reopen for flights for passenger movement.

After acquiring necessary clearance from the Sports Ministry(SM) to resume national pool practices, the FFSL started their practices since June 22 at the Baddegana Training Center. The pool consisting of 18 players and the officials initially underwent the all important PCR tests to make sure that they are free from the Corona virus pandemic. The pool has a three week

training schedule and break of five days before resuming a similar plan.

They are under the watchful eyes of Amir Alagic, the foreign National coach. Since then they had made tremendous progress in improving physical and mental preparation of the boys. They also concentrated on strength building under their trainer Ransilu Jayathilake, who has spared lots of

time to make the boys fit for the big competition. Amir was entrusted with a Herculian task in preparing the Pool for the upcoming World Cup qualifying round matches which is set to commence from October this year.

All events of the National team including the domestic tournaments were halted after the escalation of the Pandemic since last March.

“We are happy that we could resume practices of the national side since last month. The team is under the watchful eyes of Amir. We can see lots of tactical changes are happening at present from him. The boys gradually get conducive to his way of training which is the most needed factor at the moment. Now we need match practice to rectify our strengths and weaknesses.

But with the airport closure our plans are limited. Nevertheless, we are making efforts to get some matches to be played.” said the President.

Sri Lanka will travel to Korea to meet DPR Korea on the 8th October and will host Korea Republic on the 13th of October in Colombo. For the third game against Lebanon the team will travel to play with host to their national side on November 12.

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