PM Hasina to give prize money to Saff champions

She has ordered relevant authorities to find out the conditions of the players

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will give prize money to all the players of the Bangladesh Women Football Team after returning home from United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). 

She will also allocate houses to those players who need them, the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Ihasanul Karim confirmed.

She has ordered the authorities to collect information about the conditions of the other players. 

On Wednesday, the premier directed concerned authorities to build a house for Rupna Chakma, who clinched the title of best goalkeeper in the Saff games. 

She gave the directive after a picture of Rupna Chakma's dilapidated house went viral on social media and came to her notice.

Later, the news came to the notice of the PM that another player needs a house. So, the prime minister directed the authorities concerned to get the information on the condition of other players’ houses, reports UNB.

The Bangladesh women team lifted the Saff women's title 2022 by beating four-time finalists and hosts Nepal 3-1 in Kathmandu on September 19.

The Saff champions were received warmly after their return home on Wednesday in an open-deck victory parade from Shahjalal International Airport to Motijheel amid cheers from jubilant fans.

The bus was decorated with images of the footballers along with a big image of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina holding a football.

Before the flight arrived in Dhaka, thousands of supporters arrived in groups and waited outside the airport. They were shouting slogans, congratulating the proud players.

Bangladesh beat Maldives, Pakistan, India and Nepal on their way to the ultimate victory. Bangladesh scored 23 goals in the event and conceded only one in the final.