Sri Lanka’s first ever artificial football ground was declared open by Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara at the Beddegana National Football Centre recently.
The Rs. 75 million facility has been funded by the world football governing body FIFA and has facility to play matches under any weather condition. To mark the opening of the new facility, a friendly soccer match between Sports Ministry team led by Minister Jayasekara and Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL) team was played. The Sports Ministry team emerged winners beating FFSL team 6/1.
Earlier the Sports Ministry completed a soccer training centre with lodging facility for 40 players and 15 officials along with a physical training centre. The new artificial football ground will be linked with the training centre and physical training centre.
FFSL president Anura de Silva, its secretary Jaswar Umar and representatives from the provincial leagues were also present at the occasion