Sri Lanka national under-23 football team

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Sri Lanka U-23 Football Team
Nickname(s)සිංහ සිංහයා
siṁha siṁhayā
(Simha Lions)
AssociationFootball Federation of Sri Lanka
ConfederationAFC (Asia)
Sub-confederationSAFF (South Asia)
Head coachNikola Kavazovic
CaptainDananju Madushan
FIFA codeSRI
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Sri Lanka 1–0 Nepal   
(Islamabad, Pakistan; March 29, 2004)
Biggest win
 Sri Lanka 4–0 Bhutan 
(Colombo, Sri Lanka; August 21, 2006)
Biggest defeat
 Palestine 9–0 Sri Lanka 
(Isa Town, Bahrain; March 22, 2019)
 Sri Lanka 0–9 Bahrain 
(Isa Town, Bahrain; March 24, 2019)
South Asian Games
Appearances3
Best resultSilver medal.svg Silver Medal (2006)

Sri Lanka National U-23 Team is the national team that participates in international football tournaments, such as the Summer Olympics[not verified in body] and the AFC U-23 Championship representing Sri Lanka. The team has won bronze medals at the South Asian Games in 2004 and at the 2014 Lusophony Games. The Sri Lanka National U-23 Team won the silver medal at the 2006 South Asian Games, the first silver medal won by Sri Lanka at an international tournament.

Sri Lanka didn't have an official U-23 team.[clarification needed] Before 2013, the Sri Lanka national football team participated in the Summer Olympic qualifications and other international events. Sri Lanka has yet to participate in a Summer Olympic football tournament.

History[edit]

Due to the popularity of cricket in Sri Lanka, football has not been popular. But it has gained popularity with Sri Lanka's youth in recent years, and Sri Lanka's National U-23 Football team was formed as a result. In the 2010s the Sri Lanka national football team competed in international football tournaments. The Sri Lanka U-23 team has won a silver medal and two bronze medals in competitions.[citation needed]

The 10th edition of the South Asian Games was held in Sri Lanka in 2006. In the football tournament, Sri Lanka competed in the group stage against the Pakistan, Bhutan and Maldives U-23 football teams. Sri Lanka beat Maldives and Bhutan to qualify for the semi-final stage and beat India in penalties to qualify for the final with Pakistan. Sri Lanka won the silver medal as a result.[citation needed] In the 2004 tournament Sri Lanka had won the bronze medal.[citation needed]

Sri Lanka participated in the AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers competition as an inexperienced football team, and failed to win a single match. They achieved a draw against Palestine, scoring their first goal in a major U-23 football tournament. They also tied with Pakistan but lost 4–0 to the powerful and experienced Syria national under-23 football team. Their fifth game was against host Saudi Arabia, and they lost 7–0, their biggest defeat in tournament play. In the last match of the qualifiers, Sri Lanka played against the Kyrgyzstan team and lost 5–0, failing to qualify for the inaugural AFC U-22 Championship tournament.[citation needed]

The Palestine Championship tournament was organized by the Palestinian Football Association, which invited the national U-23 teams of Palestine, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Jordan to compete. Sri Lanka played all three teams and lost each match, failing to score a goal in the tournament.[citation needed]

The Sri Lanka national U-23 football team participated in the 2014 Lusophony Games. The Sri Lanka team advanced to the semi-final stage of the tournament by defeating Macau and drew against São Tomé and Príncipe. In the semi-finals Sri Lanka lost the match against Mozambique 1–0 and won the bronze medal match against Macau 3–0. This was the first time that Sri Lanka U-23 team had placed at a major international tournament.[citation needed]

Sri Lanka entered in the 2016 AFC U-23 Championship Qualification stage with the national U-23 teams from United Arab Emirates (UAE), Yemen and Tajikistan. Sri Lanka lost both opening games against the host UAE and Yemen 4–0 and 5–0. They lost to Tajikistan 5–1 in the last group match. Sri Lanka scored only one goal in the tournament. After losing all three matches, Sri Lanka failed to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Football Tournament.[citation needed]

Competitive record[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

Olympic Games finals Olympic Games qualifications
Hosts/year Result GP W D L GS GA GD GP W D L GS GA
Brazil 2016 Did not Qualify 3 0 0 3 1 14
Japan 2020 TBD TBD
Total 0/2 - - - - - - - 3 0 0 3 1 14

AFC U-23 Championship[edit]

AFC U-22 finals AFC U-22 Championship qualification
Hosts/Year Result GP W D L GS GA GD GP W D L GS GA
Oman 2013 Did not Qualify 5 0 2 3 1 17
Qatar 2016 3 0 0 3 1 14
China 2018 TBD TBD
Total 0/2 - - - - - - - 8 0 2 6 2 31

South Asian Games[edit]

Year Host Pos. P W D L GF GA
2004  Pakistan 3/7 4 3 0 1 2 0
2006  Sri Lanka 2/8 5 4 0 1 6 3
2010  Bangladesh 5/8 3 1 1 1 1 2
2016  India 5/6 2 1 0 1 2 3
Total 14 9 1 4 11 8

Fixtures and results[edit]

2016[edit]

  Win ‹See Tfd›   Draw ‹See Tfd›   Lose ‹See Tfd›

6 February 2016 SA Games India0–1 Sri LankaGuwahati, India
14:15 Report Rifnas Goal 14' Stadium: Nehru Stadium, Guwahati
Attendance: 8,000
8 February 2016 SA Games Maldives3–1 Sri LankaGuwahati, India
17:00 Nashid Goal 10'
Ansar Goal 28' , Goal 58'
Report Rifnas Goal 61' Stadium: Nehru Stadium, Guwahati

2017[edit]

  Win ‹See Tfd›   Draw ‹See Tfd›   Lose ‹See Tfd›

19 July 2017 AFC U-23 Q.Iran Withdrew Sri Lanka
21 July 2017 AFC U-23 Q.Sri Lanka Withdrew Oman
23 July 2017 AFC U-23 Q.Kyrgyzstan Withdrew Sri Lanka

2019[edit]

  Win ‹See Tfd›   Draw ‹See Tfd›   Lose ‹See Tfd›


Squad[edit]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Prabath Arunasiri 2 0 Sri Lanka
12 1GK Dhanushka Rajapaksha 2 0 Sri Lanka
22 1GK Mohamed Uzman 0 0 Sri Lanka
3 2DF Asikumar Rahuman (1993-12-31) December 31, 1993 (age 26) 7 0 Sri Lanka Pelicans SC
17 2DF Sunil Roshan 2 0 Sri Lanka
21 2DF Shanaka Wijesingha (1992-12-26) December 26, 1992 (age 27) 1 0 Sri Lanka
2 2DF Oshad Perera 0 0 Sri Lanka
6 2DF Chameera De Silva 1 0 Sri Lanka
13 2DF Mohamed Nifras 2 0 Sri Lanka
7 2DF Chaturanga Madushan (1993-11-16) November 16, 1993 (age 26) 8 0 Sri Lanka Army
18 2DF Tharindu Lakmal 2 0 Sri Lanka
20 2DF Chameera Sajith 2 0 Sri Lanka
4 3MF Sahayam Godwin (1994-12-10) December 10, 1994 (age 25) 3 0 Sri Lanka
5 3MF Mohamed Rizkhan 2 0 Sri Lanka
7 3MF Mohamed Cassim 3 0 Sri Lanka
10 3MF Dhananju Madushan (C) 3 0 Sri Lanka
14 3MF Mohamed Rawzan 1 0 Sri Lanka
16 3MF Hasahn Darshaka 3 0 Sri Lanka
21 3MF Shanaka Wijesena 1 0 Sri Lanka
9 3MF Zarwan Johar (1996-02-15) February 15, 1996 (age 24) 8 4 Sri Lanka Renown
45 3MF Mohamed Shiraz Zawahir 0 0 Sri Lanka
8 4FW Udara Gamage 1 0 Sri Lanka
9 4FW Pradeep Rodrigo 1 0 Sri Lanka
11 4FW Iqbal Humaid 0 0 Sri Lanka
19 4FW Janith Pumal 1 0 Sri Lanka

Honors[edit]

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