In an all Gateway final, Gateway College Colombo beat Gateway College Kandy to win the Under 20 International
Schools Football Tournament at the Federation Grounds, Badeganna. This is the third year that the Colombo school won
this tournament during the last four years.
This tournament, named ‘The International Schools’ Football Under 20 Championship (FUTC 2018)’, was organized
jointly between Gateway College and the Football Federation of Sri Lanka. All group stage matches were played at
Gateway College's new football facility at Gateway College Ratmalana and the knock out stages were held at the
Federation Grounds in Badeganna.
Gateway College Colombo cruised through the group stages defeating Elizabeth Moir School 5-0 and Lyceum Wattala 5-
2. In the Quarter Finals Gateway defeated Lyceum Nugegoda 5-0, and in the semi-finals they defeated the British School
Colombo 4-0. The final, held on the 27th October, saw Gateway Colombo beat Gateway Kandy. Striker Areeb Atheek
scored twice as Gateway Colombo defeated their sister school 3-0 to claim the Under 20 championship once again.
The championship never looked in doubt as Gateway College midfielders controlled all the games, dominating
possession with some slick passing and movement together with very strong link up play, which enabled the Gateway
attackers to net 22 times. Left midfielder, Binitha Chandrasena, top scored in the tournament with 8 goals. Meanwhile
the Gateway Goalkeeper was barely troubled as the Gateway defence, led by captain Rashane Wijewardena, was almost
impossible to break through. Together with the midfield, the defence never allowed the opposition any time with the
ball, making the games one sided encounters.
Seshith Ariyawansa of Gateway Kandy was adjudged as best Goalkeeper of the Tournament, with two influential
Gateway Colombo midfielders picking up the remaining awards. Areeb Niyas was awarded Most Valuable Player of the
Final, and the often unstoppable Binitha Chandrasena as Player of the Tournament.
Back row (left to right) Abdullah Zahir, Herschelle De Mel, Binitha Chandrasena, Areeb Atheek, Aaqib Imthiyaz, Rafaah
Suhail, Zafir Moulana, Imad Imran, Atif Frank, Umar Fazeer
Middle row (left-right) Isa Fahim, Arhab Mistha, Nansika Kaggodaarachchi, Jehan Malik, Atheek Eusoof, Munir Aslam,
Dwayne De Mel, Samunu Kaggodaarachchi
Front row (left-right) Kevin Bennett (Coordinator), James Heath (Head Coach), Maj. Gen Bandarathilake (Head of Sports),
Areeb Niyas (Vice Captain), Dr. Harsha Alles (Chairman), Rashane Wijewardena (Captain), Vinita Shenoy (Principal),
Rohana Perera (Deputy Principal)