Sunday, April 17, 2011
2nd time lucky for Don Bosco
Don Bosco Sports Club from Negombo. Don Bosco won the Sri Lankan Dialog Champions League in mid-January (as well as prize money of $6,300) with a two-point advantage over the Army, in what was only their second season in the top flight. The previous year they just missed out on the championship, so it was 2nd time lucky for the club, coached by former national coach Sampath Perera. Don Bosco SC began life in 1963 and their promotion as Division 2 champions in early 2009 was their first major honour. They currently have three players in the Sri Lankan national team with midfielder Philip Dalpedathu their most influential player. The only other occasion that Crown have met opponents from Sri Lanka was in the 2005 President's Cup when they lost 3-2 to Blue Star in the very last minute. In last season's President's Cup, Cambodia's representatives, Naga defeated the Renown SC from Sri Lanka 4-2 in their meeting.