23 February 2017

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Otto Pfister, 79, from Germany has been selected as the new coach for the national football team.
The Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) on Sunday introduced Pfister to the media and said he had signed a one year contract.
The AFF also introduced other new technical staff members including Ali Askar Lali, as the new FIFA instructor, Mansour Faqiryar as goalkeeping coach and Anosh Daster as assistant coach.
“After the resignation of Petar Segrt, former coach we tried to hire a good coach and we were able to reach an agreement with Pfister.  We have signed a contract with him and I hope that with Pfister and the new technical staff we will be able to fulfill our people wishes,” said Kramudin Karim, president of the Afghanistan Football Federation.
“I am glad that I am part of the technical staff and happy to be serving as goalkeeping coach.  I hope that once again I will be able to make the people smile,” said Faqiryar.
Pfister has many years of experience behind him and has coached Rwanda, Togo, Cote d’lvoire, Cameroon, Senegal, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Trinidad and Tobago teams.
“I like a challenge, I was in different countries, Ghana, Cameroon, I was in Beirut, I was in Saudi Arabia… I am not a political man, I don’t think about a political situation or something like this, “said Pfister.
Pfister who has also coached in Egypt. Lebanon, and Algeria, called on the Afghan football federation and technical staff to work gogether in harmony so as to develop Afghanistan football.  He aims to see a marked improvement in the team’s first match against Vietnam on March 28 in their Asian Cup qualifying match scheduled for Tajikistan.
Pfister is cited as one of Germany’s most successful coaching exports, and was voted Africa’s Manger of the Year in 1992.  

Sunday February 12, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan cricketers will feature in the Indian Premier League auction for the first time ever this year.
As many as five players from Afghanistan, an associate nation, will go under the hammer in Bengaluru on February 20.
The 29-year-old wicketkeeper batsman Mohammad Shahzad is seen as a favourite. Last year, Shahzad won the ICC Associate/Affiliate Cricketer of the Year award, becoming the first Afghan player to win such honour. He was also the first Afghanistan player to hit an ODI century when he scored 110 against Netherlands in 2009.
Speaking exclusively to India Today, Ambassador of Afghanistan to India, Shaida Mohammad Abdali, said this will be a big opportunity to boost Afghan cricket. (Ishant Sharma, Eoin Morgan in top base price bracket in IPL 2017 auction)
He also expressed hope that the players would get picked by the franchises.
"Cricket is cementing people to people ties. IPL is a big opportunity to boost Afghanistan cricket. Hope team owners pick players," Abdali told India Today.
Abdali mentioned that there was a huge interest for IPL in his country.
"Tremendous interest in Afghanistan for IPL," he said. (IPL 2017 to start from April 5 as scheduled, confirms Committee of Administrators)
Interestingly, Afghanistan cricket shifted its base from Sharjah to Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh in 2015. The team now uses the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex in Greater Noida as its home ground.

Wednesday February 8, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan national cricket team to face with Zimbabwe national cricket team in 5 one day international matches.
Farid Hotak spokesman of Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) today said BNA reporter, the competitions will be held as soon in Zimbabwe.
Afghanistan national cricket players left Kabul for Zimbabwe to play their first OID match at 16 February 2017, Hotak added.

Wednesday February 8, 2017

Kabul (BNA) In Afghanistan, women are largely prohibited from taking part in sports.
Some women recently are noticing the beginnings of cultural change, but it’s still far from the norm for women pursuing athletic endeavors to be widely accepted. That, however, has not deterred a group of young women and girls in Western Kabul from studying Wushu, based on the ancient Chinese martial art of Kung Fu. Self-defense is the obvious practical application for the study of Wushu, but Sima Azimi, the 20-year-old instructor who leads the Shaolin Wushu club, says there’s something deeper to the martial art. “It’s really effective for body and soul,” she told Reuters in a recent profile.
Azimi learned Kung Fu in Iran, where she was a top competitor and won a gold and bronze medal in competitions. “I am working with Afghan girls to strengthen their abilities and I love to see Afghan girls improve the way other girls have improved in the world,” she said. “My ambition is to see my students take part in international matches and win medals for their country.” The girls, pushing cultural boundaries the way they are, are routinely subjected to abuse and harassment for the love of their sport. But that hardly discourages them from breaking down gender barriers. Reuters put together a Twitter moment of photos showing the girls training, and the series of images puts on full display the girls’ talents and dedication.
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