Maldivians stand united in their support for the Maldives National Football Team's bid to win the SAFF Championship for the third time- President
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has said that all Maldivians stand united in their support for the Maldives national football team's bid to win the SAFF Championship for the third time. He made these remarks during a meeting with the Maldives national football team at Hotel held Thursday afternoon, before the beginning of the SAFF Championship 2021.
According to the President's Office, President Solih noted at the gathering that Maldivians are dedicated football fans and that their aspirations are attached to the Maldives team winning this championship. He stated that since taking office, the current administration had been working to develop sports and sports infrastructure without any discrimination. In this regard, he revealed the government's plan to modernise the National Football Stadium with essential amenities and services.
President Solih shed light on Covid-19's negative impact on football along with everything else. He mentioned that he believes the team had trained themselves thoroughly to win this championship in the short amount of time they got. Furthermore, President Solih stated that the administration had also increased the monetary incentive for winning sports, revealing that the government intends to provide a bonus for every winning match as an additional perk.
This year is the 13th SAFF Championship. The Maldives had won the cup twice before, once in 2008 and once in 2018.