(Left to right) - SL Army SC Captain Sujith Kumara, Football Federation of Sri Lanka President Anura de Silva, Ebony Holdings Ltd Managing Director Raseen Raheem and Chairman Rasmy Raheem.
Vantage, a leading men’s clothing brand in Sri lanka, also the flagship brand of Ebony Holdings Ltd, was the privileged sponsor for the 56th ‘Vantage FA Cup 2018’’, the country’s longest running association football knockout tournament. The tournament fully sponsored by Vantage reached its grand finale when the defending champions Army SC took on legendary Saunders SC at the final match held at the Sugathadasa stadium recently. Army SC won the game scoring 4 – 2 goals against Saunders SC, securing top honours as the Vantage FA Cup Champions 2018.
‘’Vantage is one of leading men’s fashion brands in the country. Recognised as a valued brand amongst the public, we believe we have a responsibility towards uplifting sports in the country. FA Cup Sri Lanka is a historical tournament that covers the entire spectrum of Sri Lankan football community, covering over 700 football clubs across the country. It is a tremendous privilege for Vantage to be the driving force supporting this tournament along with the Football Federation of Sri Lanka. Our heartiest wishes goes to the champions Army SC, and also to the runners up Saunders SC who contributed with a strong performance. We are thrilled to witness the competitiveness, attitude and true sportsmanship showcased by all teams right throughout the tournament. These are indeed the values that Vantage itself stands for as a brand,’’ said Ebony Holdings Chairman Rasmy Raheem.
As the oldest knockout tournament organised by the Football Federation of Sri Lanka, FA Cup tournament’s history dates back to 1948. Vantage FA Cup 2018 witnessed the participation of 715 teams across 60 football leagues, therefore benchmarked as the largest knockout football tournament in the country. Organised for the 56th time, the tournament was conducted in league stage, provincial/ district stage and the final stage. The FA Cup champions were rewarded with cash prize of Rs. 700,000 whilst the runners up team was rewarded with Rs. 500,000. The awards ceremony after the grand finale between Army SC and Saunders’ SC was a gala affair, with the participation of SL Army Commander Lieutenant General N.U.M.M.W Senanayake, the top officials of FFSL, together with the management of Ebony Holdings Ltd.
‘’Our objective was to create a positive contribution to the progress of Football as a sport in the country. Given the way the hype for FA Cup swept across the country, creating a performing platform for young and enthusiastic football players in Sri Lanka. We are sincerely happy about our contribution as the fullest sponsor for this prestigious tournament. This definitely motivates us more to engage in efforts towards the sport and its upraising for our nation,” added Ebony Holdings Chairman Rasmy Raheem.
Vantage, as the flagship brand of Ebony Holdings, has been at the forefront in setting the latest fashion trends in men’s wear clothing. The brand’s commitment to quality and exceptional service has earned a higher scale of reputation from its ever growing, loyal customer base. The brand offers a wide array of top of the class shirts and trousers under a number of categories such as Vantage Blue, Vantage Uber, Vantage Business, Vantage Sports, Vantage Linen, Vantage Super Crease and Vantage Lycra. The brand also will have Vantage innerwear, which is to be introduced in the near future.
Ebony Holdings is one of Sri Lanka’s premier clothing suppliers and boasts a comprehensive distribution network spanning across the island. Ebony Holdings’ products are available at a multitude of retail establishments across Sri Lanka and this accessibility is a core strength for the company, allowing them to reach out to customers all over the country and provide them with the latest fashions at an affordable price. In the future, the company plans to further cement itself as a dominant player in Sri Lanka’s clothing market, through its unwavering commitment to quality and customer satisfaction.