Maldives Give Conquering Heroes Rousing Welcome Home

The jubilant supporters of Maldives handed their heroic national team the perfect reception on their return after winning the South Asian Cup in Colombo. Maldives beat defending champions India 1-0 in the final, thanks to Mukhthar Naseer’s 87th minute long range strike

Maldives national team arrived on a chartered Island Aviation flight and the president himself was in the airport to greet the team.

President Maumoon Abdul Gayyoom handed a cash prize to every member of the national team during their stay in the VIP lounge.

After the reception, members of the national team then headed to the capital Male’ on a specially decorated Dhoni. The president himself travelled with the team on the Dhoni to Male’ where they were welcomed by thousands of supporters in the republican square.

From there, the team then rode across the capital on a lorry and thousands of supporters followed them to the national stadium.

At the national stadium more than 15000 supporters cheered the historical team and the supporters were given the opportunity to take photographs with the trophy.

At the end of the ceremony, each player and official left the stadium in a separate car printed their jersey number and name on it.

At the VIP lounge, president Maumoon said every member of the national team is a national hero and added it is unity that can keep the trophy in Maldives again.

He also stated that every citizen of the nation will get the opportunity to touch the trophy as it will be taken to all inhabited islands.