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Issue of Maldives' dues raised at SAFF congress due to unsettled payments despite repeated requests

Due to FAM failing to settle unpaid dues from the SAFF Championship hosted by Maldives in 2021 despite repeated requests, the issue has been raised at the recent SAFF congress. President of FAM, Bassam has ensured to settle the dues after the FAM elections.

Aishath Shuba Solih
10 June 2024, MVT 18:21
President of FAM, Bassam Adeel Jaleel. -- Photo: Nishan Ali / Mihaaru News
Aishath Shuba Solih
10 June 2024, MVT 18:21

The issue of Football Association of Maldives (FAM)'s unsettled payments from the SAFF Championships hosted in the country in 2021 has been raised at the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) executive meeting and congress.

SAFF Secretariat stated during this congress that although repeated appeals to settle the overdue payments were made to the Maldivian football association, the dues have remained unpaid for the three years since the tournament.

[File] Some officials who refereed matches of the SAFF Championships 2021 held in Maldives.

While the President of SAFF is Kazi Salauddin, native to Bangladesh, the country's media outlets reports that the situation has escalated to a point where the Asian Football Confederation (AFC)'s involvement has become unavoidable to resolve the matter.

President of FAM, Bassam Adeel Jaleel, who attended the congress online due to his no-fly mandate had assured during the meeting that the financial affairs will be taken care within the next two to three months following the FAM elections.

A significant sum remains outstanding since Maldives hosted the SAFF Championships which includes prize money for the champion, participation fees for teams alongside SAFF's ownership fees.

Meanwhile, another case involving undisbursed stipend for referees hired to oversee the SAFF Championships held in the country has also surfaced.

Although the payments remain unsettled, the congress had not reached a clear decision regarding Maldives' participation in upcoming SAFF Championships and congresses. Nevertheless, Bangladeshi media outlets note that Maldives' financial issues has created friction in SAFF with a sense of uncertainty hanging over the situation.

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