The Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has celebrated its sixth anniversary of forming as a political movement with a football match between two opposing teams captained by President Mohamed Nasheed and Parliamentary Group Leader Ibrahim Mohamed Salih.
The two teams were set up to pit government executives within the party against a parliamentary group of representatives. The game, held at Male’s National Stadium, was eventually won 4-2 by Salih and his fellow players.
According to the Haveeru newspaper, it was former Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) MP Ali Waheed, who only joined the party last month that proved to be the most valuable player of the day, scoring two goals to secure a Man of the Match accolade.
A spokesperson for the MDP was unable to comment on event or the party’s key parliamentary aims for the next few years. However, a spectator and MDP supporter present at yesterday’s match exclusively told Minivan News that they were not hugely enamored with the standard of the football on display.
“It was not exactly the World Cup,” the spectator said.