Ali Ashfaq set to retire from Maldives national team

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Ali Ashfaq Maldives

is ready to call time on his career, revealing that the upcoming SAFF Suzuki Cup will be his last international tournament.

The 30-year-old prolific striker, who is currently plays at PDRM FA in Malaysia, feels it is only right that he step aside now to allow the South East Asian nation to promote young and promising players.

“The upcoming SAFF Suzuki Cup will be my last participation and it is an honour representing Maldives in regional tournaments,” Ashfaq told Maldivesoccer ahead of this year’s tournament which will be held in India, from 23 December 2015 to 3 January 2016.

“There are very good young and promising players and we have witnessed that in the last few national team games and I want give them the chance now. For sure this will be the my last edition of SAFF.”

Ashfaq is regarded by many in South Asia as the best player in the region, was a part of Maldives’s triumph in the 2008 edition of SAFF Championship was named as the tournament’s MVP.