PAF football team win series against Sri Lankan counterpart [Nation]

PAF football team win series against Sri Lankan counterpart [Nation]

LAHORE: Pakistan Air Force Football team has won three-match series against Sri Lanka Air Force football team during their tour of Sri Lanka from December 14-23, 2016, says a press release received here today from Colombo.

As part of the Armed Forces Sports exchange programme between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the 17-member Soccer team from Pakistan Air Force was in Sri Lanka to play a three-match series with their counterpart in Sri Lanka.

Director General SLAF Sports Air Vice Marshal Rohita Fernando was the chief guest during the final match at SLAF Soccer Ground, Ekala, on December 22, 2016.

Air Vice Marshal Rohita Fernando, while speaking on the occasion, stated that this is the first time that a Pakistani team is visiting Sri Lanka for a Soccer tournament of this nature. The visit is a testament to the cordial relations between the PAF and the SLAF and also of the warm brotherly relations between the two nations.

A large number of dignitaries from different walks of life including Government functionaries, officials of the High Commission and Pakistani community based in Sri Lanka were present on the occasion.

Published in The Nation, 23 December 2016

APP adds: Director Sports PAF Sports Control Committee Group Captain Asghar Awan disclosed that is because of the personal interest of the Chief of the Air Staff of the Pakistan Air Force Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman that PAF football team has gone abroad after a period of 29 long years for any football series. PAF previously visited Bangladesh in 1987 for Asian Championship wherein PAF represented Pakistan as Champion team. He said after the Pakistan Air Force team visit, the team of Sri Lankan Air Force will also visit Pakistan in February 2017 for the second phase of the bilateral Series.