Speaking at the post match press conference, Sri Lanka Coach Nizam Packeer Ali Said, they will never lose hope to play in semifinals and they are waiting for the result of the next game between Maldives and India. I still believe we are in the contest. He added.
Sri Lanka drew goalless against Maldives in their second match of the group B. This result means India who already beaten Sri Lanka in group opener are through to the semifinals. Sri Lanka has to rely the result of the last group game between Maldives and India.
If India manages to beat Maldives by more than three goals deficit, Sri Lanka will advance into the semifinals. And if Maldives avoid a loss by two goal deficit, they are through. A win or a draw for Maldives will also knock Sri Lankans out of the tournament. And if Maldives score a goal, then the Indian has to beat them by three goals margin to knock them out.
“I want a player like Ali Ashfaq.” – Sri Lanka coach Nizam Packeer Ali.
Packeer Ali also said, if he has a player like Ali Ahfaq, he will never hesitate to use him in the tournament. He also added that, he is very happy about how the team played today and he praised his goalkeeper Sujan Perera saying he had an excellent game.
This is the second time Sri Lanka drew against Maldives in a SAFF Championship match. The last draw came in 1999 tournament. Sri Lanka were humiliated by ten goals to nil in the last meeting where Ali Ashfaq scored a double hatrick.
Maldives will play their last game against India on Sunday.