Sunday February 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA) UEFA will mark a decade of helping Afghan landmine victims on Wednesday, when Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos presents a cheque for €100,000 to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). “I would like to pay tribute to the ICRC, who have been working relentlessly to help landmine victims, many of whom are children. Their program in Afghanistan, which has been in place for several years, shows that football can offer real hope in challenging times,” said UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin. “I am glad that UEFA can help this cause, and that the sport we love can have a positive impact on the rehabilitation process of so many people in this troubled region,” he added. The donation supports the ICRC’s physical rehabilitation program for landmine victims and other people with disabilities in Afghanistan – providing artificial limbs, physiotherapy, vocational training and access to the rehabilitation center’s football team. About a third of patients are children. Sergio Ramos will present the donation before his side’s UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match against Napoli at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid on 15 February.
“The people benefiting from the ICRC program in Afghanistan are an inspiration to us, as they set an example of how to approach life in a positive manner despite the problems that they face,” the Real Madrid CF defender said. Sergio Ramos was chosen to hand over the cheque after receiving the most votes in UEFA com’s Team of the Year, which was published in January, and added that it is “a privilege” to be “a source of motivation” to so many people. “They don’t stop dreaming, and they fight to make their dreams come true. As key figures in this sport, it’s a true privilege for us footballers to be a source of motivation in their day-to-day lives, and to help them out,” he said. Over the course of a partnership lasting almost 20 years, UEFA has donated in excess of €3.5 million to the ICRC to help disadvantaged people around the globe. Meanwhile, over 7 million votes were cast in selecting the UEFA.com users’ Team of the Year 2016.
Sunday February 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA) After an impressive start to the series in the opening One-Day International (ODI) with a 12-run win, visitors Afghanistan aim to repeat the same heroics from the previous match, as they take on hosts Zimbabwe in the second of the five-match ODI series at the Harare Sports Club on Sunday. As said earlier, Afghanistan are proving to be one of the fast rising stars in world cricket from Asia, as they have had good results, along with impressive performance, in the recent past. However, things continue to get worse for Zimbabwe, as they continue to go downhill along with results, thus further slipping in the ICC Rankings. Therefore, Zimbabwe would definitely aim to strike back in the second ODI, and level terms to stay alive in the series. Meanwhile, let us have a look at the possible key battles we could witness in this tie. Full Cricket Scorecard: Afghanistan Vs Zimbabwe, 2nd ODI at Harare
Mohammad Shahzad vs Richard Ngarava: The opening wicketkeeper-batsman for Afghanistan has been one of the best openers for them till date. However, he failed to click in the last game, scoring mere 8 off 9 deliveries, as he aims to turn things around in this tie. However, his job still won’t be easy as he would face stern competition from Richard Ngarava, the fast bowler, who had a fair outing in the last game, claiming a wicket for 39 runs in seven overs, and incidentally, it was Shahzad who was his victim. Therefore, some retribution is definitely on the cards. Noor Ali Zadran vs Graeme Cremer:
The fellow opener of Afghanistan was impressive in the opening match, scoring 39 runs, before falling victim to the Zimbabwean skipper Graeme Cremer, who trapped him leg-before. Noor would again be aiming to repeat the same or come up with a better performance in the second ODI. However, the threat of Cremer would still continue to persist, as he claimed 3 wickets for 46 runs in 10 overs, and won’t be easy to get away with. Mohammad Nabi vs Chris Mpofu: The swashbuckling Afghan middle order veteran Mohammad Nabi was unexpectedly dismissed for mere 6 in the opening game, as Chris Mpofu got the better of him. Although Nabi could well turn the tide in his favor in the next tie, it won’t be easy as Mpofu would again be aiming to strike him with his vicious bowling venom, as he claimed a couple of wickets for 45 runs in the stipulated 10 overs and could well come up with a better bowling performance in this tie, especially at his home.
Craig Ervine vs Rashid Khan: The emphatic Zimbabwean top-order batsman was in a good touch in the first ODI, as he scored an unbeaten 38, before the rain gods intervened and took the game away from the hosts. Nevertheless, he would aim for a fresh start in this match and would pray for the rain gods to stay away, which could possibly lead in Zimbabwe winning the game. However, he is all set to face stern competition from Rashid Khan, who was sensational in the first ODI, claiming a wicket for just 17 runs in 4.2 overs, and would aim to come up with an improved performance in this tie, especially targeting Ervine. Therefore, a good contest can be expected between both of them. Peter Moor vs Gulbadin Naib: Now this is one contest that promises to be interesting as Peter Moor, opening batsman of Zimbabwe, who was not so impressive in the opening match, would certainly aim for an improved performance in this game. However, apart from just Nabi, he will also have to worry about and watch out for Gulbadin Naib, who was one of the best Afghan bowlers in the opening game, claiming a wicket for just 12 runs in six overs. He would certainly be aiming to get rid of the openers soon, which certainly is not good news for Moor, and will have to play tactfully apart from just handling the veteran bowling machine, Nabi.
Saturday February 18, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Second Vice-President, Sarwar Danesh met with a number of Herat athletes at his office the other day, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported.
According to the agency, briefing the Vice-President on their achievements, the Herat athletes asked the government to further pave the way for growing sport in the country. They said that Herat’s Female Taekwondo team that was attended in competitions in Kabul, has obtained considerable achievements, the agency added. They added that their sportswomen have gained five gold, two silver and two bronze medals in the competitions, the agency continued. In return, congratulating the athletes, the Second Vice-President said that despite problems in the fields of sport in the country, the athletes have always gained eye-catching achievements and the Afghan people proud of them, the agency added.