MNDF club take out 3rd division title

MNDF club have won the national 3rd division football title, beating the Police club 3-2 on penalties to win the final.

The match was held on the Maafanu turf ground.

At full time the scores were level 1-1, with MNDF striking first to gain an early goal through Ibrahim Mohamed. The Police club had a late equaliser courtesy of Mohamed Nizam.

In the penalty shoot out that followed, MNDF goalkeeper Mohamed Binaahu made three saves.

Supporters from both clubs were banned from entering the stadium for the final as the previous match between the two clubs had led to heated exchanges.


3rd division match to be replayed

A football game between the Police and MNDF clubs in the national 3rd  division will be replayed due to referee error.

MNDF won the match 1-0 on 14 December. However referee Ahmed Ameez was found to be in the wrong when he ordered the retaking of a penalty that was put away by the Police Club. Even after the second attempt was put away he judged it to be a foul and gave MNDF club a free kick.

According to Haveeru, the Football Association of Maldives (FAM) issued a statement saying that according to FIFA laws the match must be replayed, and said action would be taken against Ameez.

There has been no date scheduled for the replay, while the three points awarded to the MNDF have now been removed.