Ratnam footballers on show today for first time | Sunday Observer

Ratnam footballers on show today for first time

28 February, 2021

Ratnam will take on Blue Star while Blue Eagles will confront New Young in their pre-league inter club football encounters at the Sugathadasa Stadium today with the first match scheduled to kick-off at 5 pm.

Ratnam make their first appearance in this tournament after several months of isolation in Kotahena due to the second wave of the coronavirus and will now have an opportunity to gear up for the major event which is the inaugural Super League scheduled to commence from mid-April.

As a pioneer club Ratnam possess young but highly skilled players in their ranks who are capable of turning tables in this competition. They will be led by EE Methan the Ivory Coast player who had donned their jersey for quite some time.

He will have the services of two more players from his country while another player from Japan is due to arrive in Sri Lanka by mid next month.

Nevertheless Ratnam are pumped up for a belligerent performance to notch up their first win.

Their rivals Blue Star had a winning start to their tournament when they defeated their home town team Red Star in the curtain raiser ten days ago. They are another side with some top players who were recruited particularly for this tournament.

In the second game under lights at 8 pm Blue Eagles will confront New Young after suffering their first defeat (2-0) at the hands of Colombo Football Club last week.

As a team Blue Eagles have a well-balanced unit and with the progress of the tournament they are likely to fall into winning ways. Their rivals New Young from Wennappuwa managed to force a 1-1 draw against Sea Hawks in their tournament opener.

The team from Wennappuwa has come a long way in this game and have contracted several top local and foreign players and a keenly contested match is expected.