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AFC President extends condolences on passing of Sri Lankan legend P.D. Sirisena

Wednesday, December 20, 2017
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Kuala Lumpur: Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa has extended his deepest sympathies to the Football Federation of Sri Lanka on the passing of former Sri Lanka national football player P.D. Sirisena, who passed away on Monday.

The AFC President also extended his condolences to the late Sirisena's family and friends. Sirisena was 77 years old. 

Known to many as the ‘Master’, Sirisena was renowned as being one of the best footballers the country has produced.

Having captained clubs like Maradana Central, Colombo Municipality, Bank of Ceylon and Saunders SC, Sirisena took up coaching after retiring as a player.

Sirisena was capped 35 times by the national team in seven years, skippering the country seven times.

He played abroad 10 times and was invited to play for continental club AVC Heracles of the Netherlands in 'A' division league championships and also for their European Cup team. He was the first Sri Lankan player to play competitive football in Europe.

He was also appointed as an advisor to the AFC and served as a Technical Advisor for the Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL).

The FFSL's Executive Committee will undertake all funeral arrangements for the legend. The funeral is on Thursday.