FSL mulling formation of new look women’s team

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Football Sri Lanka (FSL) are mulling the formation of a new look women’s squad to take part in the upcoming women’s SAFF Championships 2022 scheduled to be held from 29 August to 10 September in Nepal.  

The women’s team was last seen in action back in 2019 during the South Asian Games (SAG), and since then there was no news about the women’s squad. This is the first time in 31 months a National Squad is to be formed. 

After a dismal performance at the SAG the women’s squad was disbanded, and coach Thilak Alponsu’s contract not extended. Until now the footballers have not set foot on a football ground, which is surprising, and no steps were taken by the relevant authorities to rectify the situation. FSL are yet to name the coaching staff for the women’s team.  

In such circumstances, how can one expect good results from the lasses with less than 50 days to go for the tournament?  

However, sources at FSL confirmed trials will be held this week with the idea of selecting the squad for the big picture, and priority will be given to talented players. 

Some of the players that took part in the U-19 SAFF Championships in December 2021 are also camped in Beddagana, and it is learnt that many senior players will miss out from this year’s SAFF Championships to make way for fresh legs.

Sri Lanka have never won a women’s SAFF Championships. Their best performance came in 2012 and 2014, when they reached the semi-finals. 

The first SAFF Women’s Championships was held in 2010 in Bangladesh. India have been the dominant side in the tournament’s history, winning all five editions which have taken place so far.

By Mustaq Sydeen