Mantle passes to new keepers in Maldives football

As supporters of the Maldivian national football team eagerly anticipate the Asian Cup Qualifier match which will be played against Palestine this Tuesday, the first Maldivian international match since the retirement of veteran Maldivian goalkeeper Imran Mohamed.

With over a 100 international caps, Imran is one of the most decorated Maldivian footballers of all time. Imran has shown his full support for the younger generation of keepers coming forward to fill his shoes, and has gifted a keepers glove to the two young Maldivian goalies, Mohamed Faisal and Mohamed Imran (Kuda Imran).

After posting a picture on social media with the two young goalkeepers, Mohamed Imran (Kuda Imran) and Mohamed Faisal, Imran said that his experience will always be readily available for the new generation of Maldivian keepers.

"Keepers on the Maldivian side will always have my full backing and my experience will always be available to them. I have 100% confidence in these players," Imran had posted on his Facebook page.

The young keepers reacted well to the comments, prompting Kuda Imran to state that he felt content going into future matches knowing he had the backing of the best goalkeeper Maldives has ever produced.

In an earlier interview with Avas, Imran had stated that he was assured that talented young keepers with great potential could present themselves should they gain the trust of FAM and their respective football clubs.

"I am not the best, I retired to let the new generation of goalkeepers break through. Given the chance, they could prove better than I ever was. So we have to make sure they get these chances," Imran had said in his interview.