National football team captain Ashfaq awarded green passport

The government has awarded national football team captain Ali Ashfaq a green passport on Thursday (September 11), reports local media, becoming the first sportsman to receive the green passport privilege.

Defence Minister Colonel (Retired) Mohamed Nazim presented the passport to Ashfaq at a ceremony held at the department of immigration and emigration.

Green passports are used by senior government officials above the rank of director general during official overseas visits.

In May, Ashfaq was also appointed the country’s first sports ambassador by the Maldives Olympic Committee.