FFSL keen to host Ma­cau in Colombo

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - SPORTS -

The Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion of Sri Lanka (FFSL) has as­sured max­i­mum se­cu­rity for the Ma­cau Na­tional Team ahead of their World Cup Qual­i­fier which is sched­uled for June 11 at the Su­gath­adasa Sta­dium in Colombo.

Ear­lier, Ma­cau had in­formed the FFSL that they will not send a team to Sri Lanka cit­ing se­cu­rity fears fol­low­ing the deadly Easter Sun­day sui­cide at­tacks in Colombo.

How­ever, the de­ci­sion sparked a re­buke from Sri Lanka’s foot­ball au­thor­i­ties who in­sisted the coun­try was safe for in­ter­na­tional matches and that their team had a right to play on home soil.

“It is para­mount im­por­tant for any na­tional team to play on their home soil in front of home fans and spe­cially in FIFA Qual­i­fiers which falls only in ev­ery four years,” said Umar Jaswar, Sec­re­tary FFSL.

“We have ful­filled all se­cu­rity re­quire­ments and the AFC and FIFA has ac­cepted our se­cu­rity plans to play this game,” he added.

Mean­while, the of­fi­cial Match Co­or­di­na­tion Meet­ing is sched­uled for to­day and should the Ma­cau team fail to re­port then the AFC will make an of­fi­cial de­ci­sion.

If Ma­cau fails to re­port to the game the match will be awarded to Sri Lanka ac­cord­ing to the reg­u­la­tions.

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