11 December 2019

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Kabul (BNA) In his meeting with the Afghan Cricket and Football team members who have strived hard in gaining the championship of the Asian matches, President Karzai appreciated them and congratulated their success. 
They provided information about their competitions and asked the president for providing facilities for their next success. 
President Karzai ordered the Minister of Finance Dr. Zakhilwal to facilitate provision of Afs. 100,000 to each member of both the teams and those who have obtained gold medal should be awarded with Afs. 100,000, the bronze winner members Afs. 70,000 and the silver winners to be given Afs, 50,000 as gift from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Kabul (BNA) Afghan national power-lifting team returned homed on Sunday from the Asian Power-lifting Championship held in Japan where they received six medals including one gold, two silvers and three bronzes.
Power-lifting players were warmly welcomed by athletes and officials at the Kabul International Airport.
Afghan athletes played remarkable performance and received four positions I the championship, said Khwaja Farid Seddiqi head of Power-lifting Federation.
Mr. Seddiqi also received power-lifting referee document in the event.
He added the gold winner of the competition was Sayed Nadir Mojaddidi and the other athletes gained silver and bronze medals.
Nine players represented on behalf of Afghanistan in the championship.
They called on government and relevant officials to pave the ground for better sport opportunity to the athletes to bring such vital achievements in the future.
The event was held on 5-9 December in Kobe City of Japan with participation of 45 nations.
Japan, China and Iran secured first, second and third positions respectively in the event.

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.