Nehru Cup: This Is One Of Our Best Results Ever – Sri Lanka Coach

Sri Lanka coach Sampatha Pereira hailed his team’s performance and said that this victory will remain a big moment in their country’s football history.
Lebanon were expected to beat Sri Lanka because of the former’s superior FIFA ranking and also because of the fact that they had already beaten India. But the Lankans produced a brilliant second half performance to record a memorable victory.

Coach Pereira was delighted with the result and praised his players for a wonderful performance. He said, “This is one of our best results ever. We played really well and deserved to win this match. The boys have made our country proud today.”

He also mentioned that the 'underdogs' tag took all the pressure from his team, which allowed them to come up with such an excellent display.

“We are less fancied only because of our ranking and the media. Coming into this game we had nothing to lose so we stuck to our gameplan and played our natural game.

"This victory would not change our mentality. We will keep working hard and aim to do well in the remaining matches.”

Pereira also notified that this was their first ever victory over Lebanon and even though for now they are focused on the Nehru Cup, they still have a lot to look forward to in the next twelve months.

“This is our first ever victory against Lebanon. They have much taller players so we had to play a ground passing game and I am delighted that the boys implemented it so well.

“We want to do very well in this tournament and after that we also have the SAFF Games in December and later on Asia Cup qualifiers.”

The winning coach did not have any complains about the ground and felt that Moghrabi’s sending off didn’t really change the game too much.

“The ground condition wasn’t a problem. This is a very competitive tournament so we knew that we have to play well from the very start, which we did. The sending off didn’t really change the scenario too much,” he concluded.

Sri Lanka have their next game against hosts India on Wednesday.

Amoy Ghoshal