Gateway win Colombo Zonal Football Tournament

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Gateway girls won the Under-20 Colombo Zonal Football Tournament organised by the Zonal Education Department of Colombo, while the Under-17 team emerged as the runner-up.

In the Under-20 category, Gateway beat Visakha Vidyalaya in the final. They faced stiff resistance from Visakha, but finally won 5:4 on penalties. Gateway beat Sirimavo Bandaranaike Vidyalaya 3-0 in the semi-final.

In the Under-17 category, Gateway overcame St. Paul’s Milagiriya 5-3 in the semi-final but lost to Visakha Vidyalaya on penalties in the final.

Both Gateway and Visakha have qualified for the Western Province tournament to be conducted shortly.

With two of its players – Maleeka Amith and Vinuki Samarasinghe – representing Sri Lanka, football at Gateway has reached new heights. Maleeka represented Sri Lanka at the South Asian Under-19 Tournament as the Vice-Captain of the team in 2021. Both Maleeka and Vinuki represented Sri Lanka at the South Asian Under-16 Tournament in 2018.

More recently, Samunu Kaggodaarachchi was selected for the Under-20 Sri Lankan National Football Squad. He toured India to play in the SAFF U-20 Championship, where Sri Lanka was pitted against Bangladesh, Nepal, India and the Maldives. Samunu was not only the first Gateway student to represent the National men’s team, but was also the first international school student to represent his country.