To put an end to the disastrous situation with the national football team, The Sri Lanka Football Federation appointed Mohammed Nizam Packeer Ali as the new head coach.
The former Sri Lankan national player is set to sign a two year contract in agreement with FFSL when he returns from the Maldives. Moreover, the appointment of his support staff will be made once he’s back in the country.
Nizam Packeer Ali, a student of Zahira College Matale, represented Sri Lanka in 1976 and went on to captain the side in the 1980s. He played for Colombo York before moving to Bangladesh.
He was appointed manager of the Bangladesh Premier League football franchise “Team BJMC” in 2015. But the most significant moment in his coaching career was when he escorted Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club to the Bangladesh League crown in year 2011.
Packeer Ali was also in charge of Chirag United Club Kerala from 2011 to 2012.
Last year the national team was pushed to 200th in FIFA Rankings, the lowest ever in the history of football in Sri Lanka. This fact itself, makes Packeer Ali’s task a daunting one. The Federation also has a 2030 plan to help the side improve in terms of rankings.
The 2030 plan or “Football Vision 2030” is a structured plan to save football from completely dying in Sri Lanka.
“We have launched our strategic plan “Football Vision 2030″ in parallel to this event which takes the game to a new height in the country,” said Hon Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara at a recent press briefing.
Sri Lanka last trained under a coach in July 2017 before Dudley Steinwall was relieved of his duties along with Assistant Coach Devasagayam Rajamani and Goalkeeping Coach Mahinda Galagedera.
“I shall be returning to Sri Lanka at the earliest to give my dedicated services to Sri Lanka Football. A dream come true at last for me. I thank everybody again for making my dream come true and I assure you all that I will never let you all down. Pray for us and support us,” said Packeer Ali in a facebook post.
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