The World Freestyle Football Association family keeps growing around the world: this November, Sri Lanka was confirmed as the newest member of the Global Network, an international structure that now includes up to 115 countries from all inhabited continents.
The new incorporation of Sri Lanka is a product of the agreement between the WFFA and Colombo FC, the country’s most successful football club in the last decade. The deal will see local Freestyle Football star Niran Kanishka become the WFFA Country Leader, servicing the Sri Lankan community and ensuring the development of the sport across the nation with the constant support of the WFFA Global Team.
Steve Elias, President of the WFFA, said: “It’s an honour for us to expand into a country with a vibrant Freestyle Football community such as Sri Lanka. We are thrilled to announce this new deal, particularly given the huge prestige of Colombo FC, and we are certain that it will have a strong impact not just in the local scene but also in all the region.”
Niran Kanishka, the newly appointed WFFA Country Leader in Sri Lanka, said: “Being a footballer myself for Colombo FC, playing football with flair has been my routine since I started. There are many talents in Sri Lanka like myself who love expressing our creativity with the ball: our main goal is to create a platform for all the hidden gems in our country. This will be a great opportunity for Sri Lankan freestylers to shine!
Pekko ‘PeGe’ Piirto, Head of the Global Network at the WFFA and a leading figure in the establishment of the deal, said: “Seeing the constant growth of the Global Network in recent years fills me with pride and hope for the future. I have absolutely no doubt that Niran will do an amazing job at nurturing the local scene; we look forward to discovering all the talent that Sri Lanka can offer the world!”.
About Colombo FC
Colombo Football Club was founded in 2008 during the tail-end of war in Sri Lanka to unite the country through the game of football. In a short span of 13 years, Colombo FC has managed not only to unify the diverse communities in the country but also emerged as the champion outfit of Sri Lankan Football.
The Club has successfully managed to win a hat-trick of Major League titles (2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18), Sri Lankan FA Cup (2015) and represented the country internationally in the AFC Cup (2017, 2019) on two occasions. Their recent triumph in the Vantage FFSL Presidents Cup 2020 was a testimony to their success and the steps they have taken to change the landscape of football in Sri Lanka.
For more details about Colombo FC, please visit the official website at www.colombofc.com or visit its channels:
- Instagram: @colombofootballclub
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- Facebook: Colombo Football Club
- Youtube: Colombo Football Club
- Twitter: Colombo Football Club
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