With the build-up to the Philippines v Sri Lanka game on July 3 growing @roymondous and @craigburrows will be tweeting out a COUNTDOWN TO SRI LANKA. Providing information from well-researched sources you can be assured of new and well-researched updates on the Azkals and Sri Lanka as both teams look to qualify for the second round of the World Cup Qualifying Stage to face Kuwait.
For today’s update, news from Sri Lanka is for the last year five Sri Lankan players have been suspended for allegedly match fixing. Kasun Jayasuriya, Shathis Kumar, E.B. Channa, Viraj Asanka and Maduska Piries were all suspended while the Football Federation of Sri Lanka conducted an inquiry to determine their involvement with match fixing. According to the Colombo Times in April last year it was clearly shown that those players were involved in illegal actions with former national players and coaches brought
in to testify.
With the bans being lifted for some of the players, questions are being asked about why three of the players are now being permitted to play so close to the World Cup qualifiers. Interestingly Viraj Asanka, pictured right, played for Sri Lanka in the previous three Challenge Cups. The 24 year old has been cleared of the match-fixing, along with E.B. Channa and Maduska Piries, though Kasun Jayasuriya and Shathis Kumar remain banned. As @AZKALnews researched, Jayasuriya is Sri Lanka’s top scorer ever with 27 goals. His most recent goals came in a hat-trick against Bhutan as Sri Lanka routed them 6-0. However this was in 2009 before the ban came into effect.
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Next on the COUNTDOWN TO SRI LANKA, a head to head comparison of the Philippines versus Sri Lanka.
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