Meet Sri Lanka team for SAFF Cup Part III
Defenders and midfielders
Part II of this article appeared yesterday

Midfielders, Chathura Gunaratne, Tharusha Rangana and MNM Isadeen and defenders Pradeep Kumara and Christeen Fernando make up an important part of Sri Lanka’s SAFF Cup team.

The experienced players are from Sri Lanka’s Premier clubs and they will be the successors to national team senior players who are in their 30s.

Chathura Gunaratne

Chathura Gunaratne started his career at his home town club Matara SC. He studied at St. Servatius’ College, Matara where cricket is more popular than football. It is quite surprising that Gunaratne had clung on to football rather than cricket as a teenager at a time when Sanath Jayasuriya, an alumnus of his school took the world by storm. His success as a midfielder earned him a place in the National team at a young age and also a place in a more prominent club Negombo Youth. Currently, a Negombo Youth player, Gunaratne was a part of Sri Lanka’s Silver Medal winning team at the AFC Challenge Cup.

Name in Full :Wella Hettige Chathura Gunaratne
Date of Birth : 8th September 1982
Civil Status : Single
School : St. Servatius’ College, Matara
Clubs Represented : Matara SC
Present Member Club : Negombo Youth SC
Position : Midfield

Pradeep Kumara
Pradeep Kumara from Police SC strengthens Sri Lanka’s defence lines. The 25-year-old, who studied at Kotahena Central College also played for Saunders SC and was a member of the Sri Lanka’s AFC Challenge Cup runner up team.

Name in Full : Amarasinghe Arachchige Sanjaya Pradeep Kumara
Date of Birth : 8th August 1982
Civil Status : Single
School : Kotahena Central College
Clubs Represented : Saunders SC
Present Member Club : Police Sports Club
Position: Defender


Tharusha Rangana
Tharusha Rangana, who has just turned 26 comes from the football crazy environs of Wanathamulla. He studied at Veluwana Vidyalaya Rangana and first played for Wanathamulla Youth SC before being recruited by premier club Ratnam SC. He featured in many Sri Lanka Junior teams from a very young age of 16.

Name in Full : Warnakulasuriya Arachchige Tharusha Rangana
Date of Birth : 18th May 1982
Civil Status : Single
School : Veluwana Vidyalaya
Clubs Represented : Wanathamulla Youth SC
Present Member Club : Ratnam SC
Position : Mid field

Christeen Fernando
Defender Christeen Fernando is from Premier Club Jupiters. Fernando wants to contribute his best to Sri Lanka. He will celebrate a grand birthday party in the midst of the tournament. Fernando, who has represented Sri Lanka on a number of occasions, played for the Sri Lanka Under-23 team in 2001 and was also a part of 2002 SA Games team.

Name in Full : Kurukulasuriya Nishantha Christeen Fernando
Date of Birth : 10th June 1981
Civil Status : Single
Clubs Represented : Jupiters SC
Present Member Club : Jupiters SC
Position : Defender

MNM Isadeen
MNM Isadeen from Army SC combines with Sri Lanka’s skipper Chathura Madhuranga. Isadeen played for Sri Lanka in the 2004 SA Games Bronze medal winning team. He was also a member of the AFC Cup Silver medal winning team. He studied at Sri Sangaraja MMV Colombo and also played for Ratnam SC.

Name in Full : Mohamed Naufar Mohamed Issadeen
Date of Birth
:17th January 1981
Civil Status : Married
Educated School : Sri Sangaraja MMV
Clubs Represented : Army SC, Ratnam SC
Present Member Club :Army SC
Position : Mid Field

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