Foreign-based Sri Lankan footballers: Jada Mawongo the next profile expected to join squad
By Mustaq Sydeen
15- year-old Jada Mawongo is the latest overseas soccerite (who has a Sri Lankan background) expected to join the Sri Lanka squad. He is currently playing for Swansea Football Academy.
Football in Sri Lanka had its glory days in the 90’s and became the best team in Asia when they emerged South Asian Champions in 1995, but lack of infrastructure and proper planning led to its eventual snake-like downward slide. Still where there was a glorious past, surely a great future can be recreated. From the way things are beginning to look, at the very least it is fairly certain that great surges forward can be expected in the Sri Lankan football sphere.
With the Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL) ushering in a new dawn by inducing foreign based Sri Lankan players to join the men’s National team, several more foreign based players are showing a keen interest to make themselves available for possible selection.
Ceylon Today contacted this up-and-coming youngster to find out about his availability to join the National squad.
“I’m extremely excited to play for Sri Lanka. Hopefully I will wear the Sri Lankan Jersey and it would be a dream come true to represent such a beautiful nation such as Sri Lanka,” said Jada.
England-born Jada qualifies to play for Sri Lanka through his mother. Jada, is doing very well at the moment for Swansea Football Academy and has been a revelation, where his excellent form had brought success to his Academy in many matches.
The prolific and reliable youngster does not only score goals, but also sets up his team-mates to score with many assists.
When queried about his ambitions for the future in terms of his career, Jada said:
“I want to go right to the top and win as many trophies as I can, and to get many appearances and caps.”
Sri Lanka is not a major footballing nation yet, although they have made great strides in the last few months with the appointment of Bosnian Coach Amir Alagic and the inclusion of foreign based players.
There is a long way to go for Sri Lanka to enter the list of top football playing nations. They are currently placed at 206 in the FIFA rankings (almost at the bottom), and it will probably require a few more years of hard work to climb up the ladder and be counted.