Reborn Cup soccer championship semis today
Zahira College the defending champions of the Hameed Al Husseini
organised invitation soccer tourney will clash with the last year’s
finalist De Mazenod College, Kandana today in the semi-final of the
Reborn Invitation Soccer Championship at Sugathadasa stadium at 5 p.m.
In the other semi-final St. Benedict’s College take on Isipatana
College at 3.15 p.m. at the same venue.
Zahirians today come out as the favourites with a top record behind
them with two victories. These two wins were made very comfortably
scoring a record 20 goals (10 each). The team led by national school
player M. N. Mohamed Fazal is in top form, specially Fazal has had a top
season scoring a record number of goals in the pre-quarter final against
St. Thomas’ College, Matara. He continued his good form, adding four
more goals to his credit, playing against Dharmapala MV in the quarters.
De Mazenod team too is a strong outfit capable of posing a big threat
to the Zahirians with their strikers P. M. Madushanka and Subash
Madushan in great form. These two players received the support from A.
W. A. Tharindu who was adjudged as the man of the match award in the
quarter final for excellent play making.
With both teams having top class strikers and defenders the
spectators will get an opportunity to witness a fine game of soccer
which also will give the best team a chance to play in the final.
Meanwhile St. Benedict’s College which too boasts of good soccer
players in the past, once again have produced a well balanced team which
can cope any opposition, meet Isipatana College today at 3.15 p.m.
Isipatana the school that is famous for its rugby too have taken the
game of soccer in a serious way and reached the semi final in this
year’s opening tournament.
In this game the Bens are with a slight advantage. Their striking
power mainly is handled by S. S. N. Madushanka, Asela Tharanga and G.
Dilan Victoria. In addition their defence line is a strong one, with the
custodian too have kept well to see his side win.
Meanwhile, Isipatana boys who outplayed Hameed Al Husseine and Al
Hilal in the two previous games have improved heavily. They are sure to
give the Bens a hard time.
It is sad to note that last year’s finalists Zahira and De Mazenod
play in the semis which gives and indication that one of them will be
left out of the final that is scheduled for Sunday at the same venue.