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soul1By Susil Premalal
The luck Blue Stars having beaten the Navy in the semi-finals last Sunday was a relief for thousands of fans who follow Blue Star, the young outfit of COLOMBO FC who are yet to win a national tournament. They will battle it out for the Cargills Food City FA Cup in the finals to be played on Saturday (July 4) at the Sugathadasa Stadium. Kick off will be at 7.00 pm.

Colombo FC the giant killers who beat defending champions ARMY on penalties, will have a tough game against Blue Stars. The Blue Stars will also play with their full side as at the semi-finals they did not have the services of their African mid-fielder. Colombo FC and Blue Star both will field 3 African players each and a competitive and colourful game is expected.

Colombo FC who are enjoying a good season so far is thriving to grab a national level trophy into their fold in a short period of having launched the team. Last year they lost to Army in the semi-finals but this year they gained sweet revenge from high riding Army to reach the finals. Coaced by former national player and also an AFC B licence qualified coach M. Roony, Colombo FC has the services of 3 African professionals and national players.


They also have the services of the experienced M. Raumy who is a master craftsman and also is their play maker who feeds from the mid-field to create many attacking movements. The Manchester United trained Rising Stars of 2013 M. Rizni and  Janith Piumal have further strengthened the team and they can pose a threat to any defense in the country. Colombo FC became the runners-up in the last episode of Champions League. The team is led by mid-fielder and former National player M.Raumi while N.M. Imran will be the custodian.

Blue Star who have attracted a large number of soccer fans from their community were last year’s runners-up and confident to erase last year’s loss to become champions of the  Cargills Food City FA Cup 2014. Blue Star is also coached by a former national player and also a AFC B licence Coach M.Hamza. They too have the services of 3 African players and will depend heavily on goalkeeper Manjula Fernando. The team is captained by the experienced ex. national player M Rameees.

The  Cargills Food City FA Cup 2014 attracted 628 teams and completed 626 matches in the knock-out system tournament. The teams from all over the country specially in the North and East. There was a lot of enthusiasm when Singing Fish from Jaffna and St. Joseph’s  of Mannar reached round 2 of 32 teams and were knocked-out.
The winner will carry home the prestigious  Cargills Food City FA Cup and cash prize of 700,000/- and the runners-up will receive Rs.500.000.