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Rangpur welcomes SAFF Champion Swapna

SAFF Women’s Champion Sirat Jahan Swapna, a brilliant daughter of Rangpur, was accorded warm reception on her return on Thursday like a princess after winning the international football championship.

After landing at Saidpur Airport from Dhaka, Sirat Jahan Swapna with two other successful players of the winning team Swapna Rani and Sohagi Kisku of Thakurgaon reached the Public Library Ground in Rangpur city by road.

At the airport, Rangpur district administration, Divisional and District Sports Association, District Women’s Sports Association, Sadar Upazila Parishad, District Football Association gave floral greetings to Swapna and her two teammates.

Tens of hundreds of people from all walks of life and football lovers eagerly waited at the historical Public Library Ground since the morning.

Football girls Sirat Jahan Swapna, Sohagi Kisku and Swapna Rani were taken around the city of Rangpur in a motorcycle procession in an open-top jeep. They were showered with floral wishes and love from football lovers.

The reception venue became buzzing as soon as the three football stars arrived at the reception stage.

Mayor of Rangpur Alhaj Md Mostafizur Rahman Mostafa, Deputy Commissioner Md. Asib Ahsan, General Secretary of the Divisional and District Sports Associations’ Advocate Anwarul Islam, District Football Association President Manjur Ahmed Azad, Superintendent of Police Md. Ferdous Ali Chowdhury, District Women Sports Association General Secretary China Chowdhury, Sadar Upazila Parishad Chairman Nasima Zaman Boby, Swapna’s football coach Harun-Ar-Rashid along with officials of Rangpur and Thakurgaon District Sports Association, leaders of different sociocultural organizations were present.

The Mayor of Rangpur announced a grant of Taka one lakh for Swapna on behalf of Rangpur City Corporation and wished her continued success in the future to further brighten the glory of Rangpur and the country as a whole.
“Seeing this progress of Swapna, I am requesting all, especially the talented players, to come back to the field and prove their talents on the field,” he said.

Swapna said,” I am very happy to see that Rangpur people are waiting to see us. This love will motivate us ahead. Earlier, many people in my native area obstructed my playing football. Now, they are also rejoicing.”

She said,” Seven female footballers, including me, have been verbally selected to play in foreign leagues. I hope to play in foreign leagues.”

In the afternoon, a friendly football match was held at Sheikh Russell Mini Stadium in Palichara area of Saddyapuskorini union in Rangpur Sadar upazila. Female footballers from Greater Dinajpur and Rangpur regions participate in the match.

Later, a reception for Swapna was organized there near her native village.