310 North­ern teams in the fray

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

The 5th Milo Cup Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship or­gan­ised and con­ducted by Jaffna Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion and the District Sec­re­tariat of Jaffna, kicked off yes­ter­day with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of 310 teams. The tour­na­ment, which runs un­til Novem­ber 4, will have the par­tic­i­pa­tion of 100 school teams and 210 club teams from the North­ern re­gion, where Foot­ball is an overly pop­u­lar sport.

The tour­na­ment will in­clude over 300 games and will be held at 11 dif­fer­ent venues in the Jaffna and Kilinochchi districts and in­cludes teams play­ing in the Leagues of Is­land, Jaffna, Wa­lika­mak, Wadama­rachchi, Point Pe­dro, Maruthak­eni and Kilinochchi.

Singing Fish Foot­ball Club, one of the lead­ing sides from the North, are the cur­rent ti­tle hold­ers and they will be look­ing for­ward to con­tinue the trend this year too. Re­garded as one of the keenly par­tic­i­pated and well or­gan­ised tour­na­ments in the coun­try, the com­pe­ti­tion orig­i­nated in 2013 with the aim of de­vel­op­ing the game of Foot­ball in Jaffna.

At the be­gin­ning the tour­na­ment had 40 teams but the num­ber grad­u­ally in­creased as years passed by. Last year the num­ber of teams were 150 and this time around the num­ber has dou­bled. With the in­crease of the num­ber of teams, the or­gan­is­ers has made all ar­range­ments to run a com­pre­hen­sive tour­na­ment, with the cul­mi­na­tion set for Novem­ber 4 at the Du­ra­iap­pah Sta­dium in the heart of Jaffna city. The tour­na­ment is spon­sored by Nes­tle Lanka's Milo.

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