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The manager refused to travel if the inclusion of certain players in the squad was sanctioned...

The Maldives football team and management were thrown into a quandary as national team manager Ibrahim Amir quit his post in the wake of a bust-up between him and a few players.

Ali Suzain, Director of the national team, has said that his resignation came as a direct result of deliberations and a subsequent final decision taken by the Maldivian football authorities.

According to an official report, stamped by, “Amir has resigned from the post as it was national team coach who has decided to include Hassan Adhuham and Ismail Easa in the squad but Amir refused to travel if they were in the team.”


“During the Thailand camp both of them left the hotel without informing the manager and when we checked their status, they had ventured to have some food outside. At that time we gave full authority to Amir to take a decision and although they apologized for their mistakes, they were not paid the pocket money.”

It is widely believed that if Amir had sent the players back from the Thailand camp itself, the issue wouldn’t have reared its ugly head.

What is particularly bitter to note here is that Amir had been the recipient of the "Hope of Maldivians" from President, Football Association of Maldives (FAM), Ilham Ahmed.

“They stayed with the team and they did participate in the practices and the coach (Istvan Urbanyi) had used them in the trainings. But if they were not in the team at that time, the coach would have used an alternative for them,” elucidated Suzain.

Suzain revealed that amongst the group of twenty two players who had left for Nepal on the 26th of August, Ahmed Zaad and Moosa Yamin have been omitted.

Though no official reason on their omission was specified, it was expolated, “Zaadh and Yamin have been omitted from the team and we will take 22 players but we will finalize the 20 players there on 30th.”

 Maldives begin their SAFF campaign with a Group ‘B’ clash against Sri Lanka.


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