The Sri Lankan management have repeatedly said that they are taking part in this tournament to prepare for the 2009 SAFF Games.
going down 1-4 to Kyrgyzstan they finished at last place which has disappointed
Walpola and the rest of the team. But he said that they would take the
positives from this tournament.
“Firstly I would like to thank the sponsors and the AIFF for inviting us in
this tournament. We didn’t have much time to prepare for this tournament but
these four matches have really helped us to get international exposure.
obviously disappointed to finish last after starting with a win but out target
is to do well in December’s SAFF Games, so we will take the positives from this
competition and prepare well for that.
will be slight changes in the team also as Kasun Jayasuriya will be back but
here it was good that young players got to play some matches.”
also gave his thoughts on the game itself and compared their midfielder
M.Asmeer with India’s Climax Lawrence.
losing two games on the trot against Syria and India our morale was a bit down
and the players didn’t put in a good performance today that is why we lost.
midfielders had a good tournament but didn’t have a good game today. But you
cannot drop players like Maduranga and Asmeer. They are very experienced
players, Asmeer is like Climax of India but every player can’t play well in
reacted to Bob Houghton’s comments on how Sri Lanka and Maldives gave India a
tough schedule in last year’s SAFF Cup.
confirm that our co-hosts Maldives made the fixtures and decided the timings of
India’s matches as both of them were in the same group. So we are not
responsible for that.”
today Goal.com reported about the confusion regarding India’s qualification to
the final on a better head to head against Sri Lanka.
Goal.com’s Amoy Ghoshal explained the rule of the tournament and asked
Walpola if he knew about it, he said he wasn’t aware.
didn’t know about this,” he concluded.