The match between Colombo FC and Up Country Lions on 29th of this month (Wednesday) will be the pick of the matches in this week’s fixtures, which is to commence at the Race Course Stadium with kick-off scheduled for 3.30 p.m.
The Colombo lads who are currently second at the end of the sixth-week matches, will face another cliffhanger fixture when they meet the Up Country Lions. Colombo lads pulled off a 3-1 win against Defenders in their last outing displaying positive signs.
At the beginning of this stage of the tournament, they struggled to get into rhythm, but as the tournament progressed, they have gelled as a strong force.
The cynosure of all eyes will be their striker Mohamed Aakib who was instrumental in scoring a hat trick of goals for them in the last win. Moreover, they possess some very skilled players in their ranks who have also donned the national jersey. According to their team sources, they will be at full strength for this game.
On the other hand, the boys from Nawalapitiya had mixed fortunes. After two consecutive defeats against Sea Hawks and Blue Star, they earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Blue Eagles. A team with plenty of talented players, including a few overseas lads, is led by National skipper Sujan Perera, who didn’t have the much-desired luck to win the last few outings. Nevertheless, as a unit, they would have done their homework well to come out firing on all cylinders to win the remaining games in an effort to regain the top slot of the points table.
Meanwhile, in today’s fixture Sea Hawks will confront Red Star at 3.30 p.m. Both teams who were within the top three failed to keep the momentum going. They lost their last outings and this game will be a must-win game for both teams. Sea-Hawks will be sans their head coach who was shown a red card due to unruly behaviour during their last game, while Red Star is faced with several injury issues to some of their key players. It is expected that they will pull up their socks to face today’s game and get into winning ways.
New Young and Renown the two teams who have shown some drastic improvement in the recent past, will be another key fixture on the 29th under lights, while Defenders will take on Blue Star. Blues Eagles will play Ratnam in their game on 30th at 3.30 and 7.30 p.m. respectively.