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Monday, June 9, 2008
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Monem Munna Bridge goes official today

The bridge at Dhanmondi Road No. 8 (old) will be officially called the Monem Munna Bridge from today.

Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) Mayor Sadeq Hossain Khoka will unveil the plaque of the Monem Munna Bridge at 12.30pm.

The decision was taken by the DCC to name the bridge on occasion of the 42nd birth anniversary of Munna, one of the best footballers of the country, who died three years ago.

Arguably the best defender in the country , Munna was just 39 when he passed away at the Bangladesh Medical College Hospital of critical kidney ailments.

The 'last superstar' of domestic football, Munna led the national team to win their first ever trophy in a foreign football tournament in 1995 in Myanmar.

The central defender played 12 years for Abahani and during that period, also became a household name in Kolkata where he donned the East Bengal shirt from 1991-93.

Munna retired in 1997 and the one-time highest paid footballer in the country became Abahani manager before kidney related complications cut his life short.

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