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PM to give monetary award to SAFF victors

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 23 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will give monetary award to all players of Bangladesh Women’s National Football Team for winning the SAFF Women’s Championship in Nepal.

The premier will also gift houses to those players who need abodes as she has already ordered the authorities concerned to collect information about the conditions of players’ houses.

Sheikh Hasina, who is now in New York to attend the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), will provide the prize money and houses after returning home, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told the media on Thursday.

Earlier on Wednesday, the PM directed the authorities concerned to build a house for Rupna Chakma in Rangamati, who became the best goalkeeper in the tournament.

She gave the directive after a picture of Rupna’s dilapidated house went viral on social media and came to her notice.

Later, the news came to the PM’s notice that another player needs a house. So, the prime minister directed the authorities concerned to get the information on the condition of other players’ houses.

The women’s team made a new history in the country’s football when they clinched the most prestigious regional title in South Asia, SAFF Women’s Championship, for the first time after beating hosts Nepal by 3-1 goals in the final match on Monday.

On their return from Nepal, the SAFF champions were given a warm reception on Wednesday in an open-deck victory parade from Shahjalal International Airport to Motijheel in Dhaka amid cheers from jubilant fans.

The bus was decorated with images of the footballers along with a big image of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina holding a football.

Before the flight arrived in Dhaka, thousands of supporters arrived in groups and waited outside the airport. They were shouting slogans, congratulating the proud players.