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U-23 football team set to play 5 friendlies in training camp

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During next month’s training camp, the Under 23 National Football Team will play five friendly matches at Lhaviyani atoll.

The squad is training for the AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualification games, which will take place in October. While the team’s coaching staff was named on August 10, it includes Ali Suzain as the head coach of the team.

While Suzain has subsequently been named interim coach of the men’s national football team for the forthcoming 13th SAFF Championship, he discussed the U-23 team’s plans for the AFC Asian Cup qualifying games during a press conference held by the senior team coaching staff last Thursday. However, he emphasized that his top objective right now is preparing the senior team for the SAFF Championship next month.

Sobah Mohamed Ibrahim and Mohamed Shahid, who were named assistant coaches for the U-23 team on August 10, are now in charge of the junior team.

While the team will be in Lhaviyani atoll from September 4 to 12, FAM began trials for the U-23 team last Saturday.

They will play five friendlies against N. Kudafari, N. Holhudhoo, Lh. Naifaru, R. Meedhoo, and Lh. Hinnavaru, and Suzain has already stated that athletes from these teams will be scouted for the 30-player roster.

Whereas the team will be training at Lhaviyani Atoll in the following month, they will also compete in the AFC U-23 Asian Cup next year. The qualifying matches for Group C, which includes the Maldives, Bahrain, Iraq, and Afghanistan, will be held in Bahrain from October 27 to October 31.

FAM has earlier stated that the team would train in Bahrain for ten days ahead to the qualification games.

The Maldives’ first encounter in the qualifying round will be against Iraq on October 27, followed by a match against Bahrain on October 29. On October 31, the U-23 team’s final group stage match will be against Afghanistan.

Back in July, 42 teams were divided into 11 groups, with 15 spaces available in the AFC U23 Asian Cup 2022; Uzbekistan has already confirmed their place as hosts. A total of 16 teams will qualify to compete in the AFC U-23 Asian Cup, which will be held from June 1–19, 2022. The defending champion is South Korea.

The eleven group winners, as well as the four best runners-up, advance to the final tournament.

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Professor Ugail has said that the Hiyaa Flats must be given at affordable rates.

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Professor Ugail has expressed discontent with that raise in the prices of the Hiyaa Flats which was constructed under the presidency of Former President Yaameen Abdul Gayyoom.

In a recent tweet, professor Ugail has said that the Maldivian citizens shouldn’t be caught in between a competitive rally between the former and current governments. He has further said that the flats must be given out at the rates which were set during the Hiyaa Flat project planning. The flats should be given to the citizens with the required facilities, with safety in place and affordable rates.

 

Starting July 14th, the keys of the 7000 Hiyaa Flats are being handed out. To this point, 5519 people have signed the agreement to take ownership of the flats. The current government has decided that the monthly rate of the flats would be 7500 Maldivian rufiyaa. An additional 1000 rufiyaa will be taken as a management fee as well. This is 3000 rufiyaa more than what was decided during Former President Yaameen Abdul Qayoom’s term.

Hiyaa Flat Union has requested the government and HDC to lower the monthly rates of the flat. However, they have been repeatedly let down by saying that the rates cannot be decreased.

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“284 thousand foreigners have jobs in Maldives” – Economic minister.

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Economic minister Fayaz Ismail has stated that there are 284 thousand foreigners in Maldivian jobs.

Speaking at the Parliament regarding the number of foreigners in the Maldives, Fayaz Ismail noted that, from the statistics collected by the economic ministry there are 281000 foreigners live in the Maldives, of which 63754 hail from Bangladesh.

Minister Fayaz noted that including last year and this year, a total of 3000 foreigners have left their jobs and gone back to their country and that from 2019-2021 the government had released 11113 permits to bring Bangladesh workers to the Maldives. A number of Parliament members had shared their concerns regarding the increase in Bangladesh workers in the Maldives.

In the three years of this government, there have been countless jobs given to Indians. Minister Fayaz had not publicized the number of jobs that the government has given to Indians in the past three years.

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Discussions about advertising Maldivian guest houses in India by an Indian ambassador.

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Indians appointed ambassador for Maldives Sanjay Sudhir and Guest House Association of Maldives (GAM) discussed about advertising Maldivian guest houses in India to bring in more tourists.

Vice president of GAM Abdul Sameeu stated that in the discussions held in the Indian embassy in the Maldives, the ambassador had stated that they will give their support in advertising Maldivian guest houses to tourists in order to help GAM in their efforts. They had further stated that they will meet with Indian agents and guest house owners and discuss about this and help with the branding of GAM, as well as giving training to Maldivian guest houses room boys to managerial positions from Indian Institutes.

Abdul Sameeu further stated that there were discussions to get the support of the Indian high commission to collaborate on fairs and expos held there. Under GAM’s branding, there will be expos, fairs, award ceremonies, magazines, and a website. Abdul Sameeu informed that the Indian ambassador had stated that the Indian high commission will be giving their support for these endeavors.

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