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Sri Lanka Soccer set for boost following Jaswar Umar’s ME visit

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Football Sri Lanka (FSL) is heading towards greater heights under the new administration headed by Jaswar Umar the incumbent President, who toured the Middle East recently, and also paid a courtesy call and met the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Chief Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa in Manama, Bahrain recently.

Jaswar had a lengthy discussion with the AFC boss Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa in developing the game in Sri Lanka, and also in regions which comes under their purview. The AFC President has assured his willingness to extend his fullest support to boost the game to the next level after Jaswar elaborated the way forward of the Football Federation and fulfilling his vision, including “Restart-Football”.

With the national team’s departure on short notice to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for a residential camp, Jaswar along with his senior Vice President, Ranjith Rodrigo paid a visit to Qatar to meet his counterpart in a move to revive bilateral ties. During their stay both parties agreed in developing the game and the Qatar Football Federation was pretty happy to meet the Lankan officials who had made a visit after several years.

Moreover, as per reliable sources Qatar Football has assured that they will closely associate with the Lankan camp in supporting whatever endeavors to revamp the game in the ‘Pearl of Indian Ocean’.

Jaswar also made a short visit to Saudi Arabia and was thankful to the Saudi Football Federation for accepting his request at short notice.

“I had the opportunity of meeting the AFC Boss Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa in his Majlis in Manama, Bahrain. We had a lengthy discussion about the way forward. He illustrated his views of developing the game in the region and the support he anticipates to render us. In the meantime, I put forward our plans in developing the infrastructure while moving forward in fulfilling my vision. Nevertheless, it was a very fruitful discussion altogether.” “At the outset I and my senior Vice President Ranjith Rodrigo met the Qatar Football officials. Even that was a great meeting reviving our bilateral ties in the game.

They were very happy to receive us and assured us their fullest support in boosting the game in the country. With the latest developments we are in the process of signing several MOU’s with them for the betterment and development of the game,” said Jaswar Umar.

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