Monday, December 12, 2011
Kabul (BNA) In a telephone conversation with the Afghan Football team on Sunday evening, President Karzai congratulated the National Football Team for their team’s well-performed match with its Indian counterpart in the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Cup.
In the Sunday’s final with India, Afghan team finished as runner-up to India by 4-0 in the last minutes of the second half of the play.
The President said in an address to the Afghan football players that “to the Afghans, you are the winner.”
President Karzai lauded the team for a spectacular performance and said, “As a spectator, I watched the entire match with enthusiasm.”
The President noted that though the match was played between two friendly countries, he did not clearly understand why the Afghan goalkeeper was given a red card out of the match! The President congratulated both the Afghan National Teams of Football and Cricket for being able, despite three decades of conflicts and unrest at home, to secure the 1st and 2nd positions in Asian championships.
Afghanistan Football Team defeated its rival teams from Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal but lost to India in a 4-0 set.
Also, Afghanistan Cricket Team managed to beat its rival teams from Maldives, Oman, Bhutan and Nepal in the Asian Cricket Council Twenty20 Cup and winning over Chinese team in the final.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan edged past Nepal 1-0 in their South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Cup match in New Delhi to reach the final, an official said on Wednesday.
South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) member countries Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the Maldives and Bhutan are participating in the championship that got underway on December 3.
Afghani players played well, but they lost some chances, pushing the match into the extra time, Afghan coach Humayun Kargar said this news agency.
Thanks to Bilal Arzo, who scored the solitary goal in the 101st minute, Afghanistan marched into the final of the tournament for the first time.
The coach promised all out efforts to win the championship.
Afghanistan will take on hosts India in the final, slated for Sunday.
In their previous encounter, the Afghans held India to a 1-1 draw.
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Kabul (BNA) Hamid Karzai, president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan wished success to the country’s national football team in South Asian Confederation Championship.
According to presidential press office, in a telephone contact on Saturday evening with Mohammad Yousif Kargar, coach of the Afghan team, the president said he is following reports related to their competitions and wished them success in their coming competition.
While encouraging the players of the Afghan team that could achieve successes to Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai said all the people of Afghanistan are supporting you and wishing that in final play you could win the South Asian Confederation Championship by all necessary preparations and powerful determination.
The president emphasized that till now the football national team shun well and if it gain championship legation it also gain a good pride for the country.
The Afghan national football team which is now in India for participation in South Asian Confederation Championship after defeating Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal, the team will today compete with India.
In case of winning, the Afghan team will win the South Asian Championship.
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan held India to a 1-1 draw in their opening match of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Cup being played in New Delhi.
South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) member countries-Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the Maldives and Bhutan are participating in the championship that got underway on Friday.
Afghan striker, Bilal Arezo, stunned the hosts when he scored the first goal four minutes into the game, but Indians leveled the match seven minutes later, Afghan coach Humayun Kargar said this news agency.