In all honesty, the world’s most widely played sport football has no place in Sri Lanka and to add to the disappointment, local football has taken a drop over the past decade. But, Sri Lanka as a nation has had its moments and Master Sirisena has played a huge part in the past.
The legendary P D Sirisena passed away on the 18th of December at his Rajagiriya residence and his remains will lie at the Jayarathne Funeral Parlour on Wednesday, December 20 from 9.00 AM to 10.00 PM for the public to pay their respects. The body will be cremated on Thursday at 5.00 PM in the Kanatte.
Moreover, all funeral arrangements were undertaken by the Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL).
Before his brief illness, he was Director, Technical of the Football Federation of Sri Lanka. However, his coaching career was the turning point of his life after retirement. Sirisena coached for decades and produced several top footballers including Solid SC coach Mohammed Jasmin. Later, he was given the title “Master” and every kid, professional with a football respected and admired Sirisena.
He first played football for Price Park and then his school Central College, Maradana. In his six-year commitment to the school team, Sirisena was appointed captain of the side. At the peak of his school career, he started playing for Saunders FC. In the 1960 CFA Cup, Sirisena scored 24 goals in just 6 games, making a name for himself in club football. In the same year at the Gold Cup semis, he scored all five goals to take his side to a 5-4 win over Colpetty United.
He had more success in the same year, making his debut for Ceylon against Zenith FC of Russia at the Government Services Sports Club grounds in Parsons Road. Ceylon lost 5-2 but Sirisena was praised for his dribbling skills and accurate passes.
He played 35 games for Ceylon and was the first Ceylonese to play competitive football on the continent. He played in Holland, representing the AVC Heracles for the European Cup.
In P D Sirisena’s honor, Late President Ranasinghe Premadasa named a ground “P D Sirisena Playground” in Maligawatte.
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