FIFA grants more money for Zoni

Staff Correspondent | Published: 21:16, Apr 21,2020


World football governing body FIFA has approved the second installment of payment for Bangladesh national team’s injured midfielder Masuk Miah Zoni under its ‘Club Protection Programme’, said a Bangladesh Football Federation media release on Tuesday.

FIFA approved a sum of Tk 3, 98,684 for the second installment after providing Tk 3, 97,000 in the first installment in January this year.

The 22-year old midfielder is now at his village home in Srimangal where he is recovering from the injury he suffered during a training session in Tajikistan, couple of days before Bangladesh’s first away match of the FIFA-AFC joint qualifiers against Afghanistan on September 10.

The money will go to the account of Zoni’s club Bashundhara Kings, who is currently bearing his treatment cost, said the officials.

Zoni tore his anterior cruciate ligament of his right leg and underwent a surgery on September 23. Following the injury, his club Bashundhara Kings sought a support of Tk 12 lakh to FIFA through BFF.

‘We claimed a total of Tk 12 lakh as compensation for Zoni. We verbally requested the BFF and they sent a letter to FIFA in January. We got the first payment in February,’ said Kings’ head of strategy and planning Bayazid Alam Zubair Nipu.

Zoni started doing gym from mid-January under Bashundhara Kings’ physio Abu Sufian and Spanish trainer Javier Sanchez Flores and hoped to return to action as soon as the coronavirus situation become normal.

‘I am almost at the last stage of recovering from my injury. I hope, I would able to play game when the current coronavirus situation becomes normal,’ Zoni told New Age on Tuesday.

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