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Tuesday September 26, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Wounded warriors from Afghan National Security Forces succeeded to obtain two medals from Invictus games held in Toronto City, Canada.
According to BNA report, Seddiq Seddiqi head of the government media center who accompanying the team said, that Afghan wounded warriors could to achieve one silver medal and a bronze medal from this competitions.
Mohammad Eisa Akbari and Nasir Ahmad Halimi in power lifting field are the winner of the medals, Seddiqi added.
It is mentionable that, 7 Afghan wounded warriors are participating in the tournaments, which the main aim of the competitions are giving morals to wounded warriors.
Invictus Games since 2014 has been held in Canada, in the current year 550 wounded warriors from 17 countries are competing against each other.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Noor Ahmad Ahmadi, Afghan freestyle wrestler, won a bronze medal in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat late Monday.
Ahmadi, 25, beat his Tajik rival 10-0 in the first round of the freestyle 97kg category but lost to his Iranian rival 5-0 in the second round.
Ahmadi also faced off against his Chinese rival and beat him 5-0. In the finals he beat Turkmenistan’s Melejayew Yusup 5-0 to win bronze.
Afghanistan has so far won one gold, one silver and nine bronze medals and is placed 24th on the medal list – out of 65 countries.
177 Afghan athletes are participating in 17 sports at the games.
In total, 65 counties are taking part – with Turkmenistan top of the medal list with 211 medals, including 79 gold.
 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Ghani congratulates National Futsal Team victory, hopes further success
ASHGABAT: Turkmenistan paid the penalty for their wasteful finishing as they bowed out of the men’s Futsal tournament at the quarter-final stage in a dramatic game against Afghanistan, the surprise team of the tournament.
In front of more than nine thousands of Turkmen spectators at the Futsal gymnasium, the hosts lost a penalty shoot-out 6-5 after the match had finished 5-5 after extra time at the Ashgabat 2017 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games on Saturday 23 September.
Turkmen Futsal team missed four 10-metre penalties in normal and extra time, and in open play had 58 shots, 26 on target, compared with Afghanistan’s 28 and 18. Turkmenistan were trailing 5-4 in normal time but took the game into extra time when Turkmenistan’s Watan ATAYEW equalized with less than two minutes left.
They squandered more chances before Afghan goalkeeper Ali Reza QURBANI saved from Dayanc Garajayew of Turkmenistan in the shoot-out and then the keeper became his country’s hero by scoring the winning penalty.
“I told them ‘I’ll take it and we’ll win’,” said Qurbani. ”I wanted to score and to win.
“I always take penalties when we train every day. I’m one of the best penalty shooters on our team. And I showed I can save them as well.”
Meanwhile President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani congratulated the victory of Afghanistan National Futsal Team in the group stages against the great teams of China, Uzbekistan, UAE and Maldives and in quarterfinals against Turkmenistan, hoped further success in Ashgabat 2017 tournament.
Talking with The Kabul Times reporter in Ashgabat, Sami Jahesh, a reporter for a local TV in Kabul who is also in Ashgabat for coverage of the Asian Games, said he was surprised to see Afghan boys going ahead with victories in Futsal matches.
“I saw the Afghan athletes in different games. They are trying their bests to achieve success and bring joys for Afghans. But our Futsal team is unique and they have a bright future,” he added.
In the semi-finals Afghanistan will meet the Islamic Republic of Iran, who continued to impress with 10-4 win against Thailand.
The four-time AIMAG champions found themselves behind for the first time at Ashgabat 2017 when they trailed 1-0 and 2-1 but stormed back to win it comfortably.
“Somehow it was good for us to find those difficulties at the beginning,” said Captain Ali Asghar Hassan Zadeh Navlighe of Iran. “It was good mental and physical training for our semi-final.”
“In our group we won all the matches in a very easy way,” he added. ”It was a good thing for us to come back from being 1-0 and 2-1 down. We showed that we can not only win, but also fight to come back.”
Iran have now scored 42 goals in the tournament and conceded just eight.
Japan found it hard to break down a stubborn Jordan team in their quarter-final meeting.
With the scores level 1-1 at half-time Japan coach Bruno Jose Garcia Formoso came into his own with a new strategy and they finished 4-1 winners.
“With the scoreboard at 1-1 they started to believe more,” he said. ”We didn’t feel comfortable.
“We talked about it at half-time and told the players to increase the intensity and the concentration. In the second half we dominated and it went to plan.”
Uzbekistan will be Japan’s surprise semi-final opponents after their unexpected 2-0 win against Vietnam.
A goal in each half from Davron Choriev and Farkhod Abdumavlyanov gave Uzbekistan victory as Vietnam failed to reproduce the form they showed in topping Group A.
Vietnam coach Miguel Rodrigo was annoyed about the defeat.
“We did all the pressing,” he said. “I told my players we were superior for the whole match.
“The other team just sat back waiting for a mistake. We were the only team trying to win it but we didn’t have any finishing.”
Arefi
 

Sunday September 24, 2017

Kabul (BNA) In continuation of Ashgabat 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, Afghanistan national futsal team to play with Iran national futsal team today.
According to BNA correspondent report, Afghanistan national futsal team by defeating Turkmenistan national futsal team in penalties in quarter-finals 5-6 find way to semi-final and to face with Iran futsal team today.
Ashgabat 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games is ongoing with athletes from 49 countries from Asia and the Pacific region in Turkmenistan.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

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