POST TIME: 6 March, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Veteran Ashfaq still play for New Radiant
Sports Reporter

Veteran Ashfaq still play for New Radiant

New Radiant Club of Maldives, who arrived in Dhaka on Sunday to play their AFC Cup away match against the home team Abahani Limited, had a light stressing at the Artificial Turf, adjacent to the Bangladesh Football Federation. Maldives veteran booter Ali Ashfaq was the key man to watch as he was known face to Dhaka soccer fans.

Ashfaq, who is not only reigning in Maldives but also in the SAFF region from early 2000 to 2016 before getting injury last year. In fact he is the all-time top scorer in the SAFF Championship with 20 goals.

But the all time hero of Maldives, looked feeling shame when he was asked about the secret of keeping his fitness for a long 17 years, since beginning his professional career from 2001, the 32 year booter was smiling but to tell something.

Ashfaque, who played in Dhaka for several times, when he was called into the national team at the age of 17 and played in the 2003 SAFF Championship, later the forward turned into the nucleus of Maldives' football with his single-handed contribution to Maldives in the SAFF Championship trophy in 2008.