Male’, MALDIVES – Former National team captain Assad Abdul Gani, and striker Ahmed Thariq (Tom) has officially retired from the National Team. Both the players enjoyed their last game in the National outfit, this evening against Pakistan.
Assad 37, has played more than 89 games for the national team and scored 2 goals while, 31 year old Tom has played nearly 37 games for the nation and has scored 16 goals.
Both players were in the starting line up this evening against Pakistan and were substituted in the early minutes with a standing ovation from the home fans. They were later awarded a "golden plaque" by Football Association of Maldives as recognition of their contribution to the National Team in the last decade.
Even though both role models have retired from International football, both of them affirmed that they will still be in action at club level.