Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency » Sport http://www.khaama.com The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:49:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 Afghanistan football to announce primary list for new national team http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-football-to-announce-primary-list-for-new-national-team-2-9129 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-football-to-announce-primary-list-for-new-national-team-2-9129#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 04:03:23 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=42749 Read the full article...]]> 10668814_737960152938185_4569921953385262483_oThe Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) said Sunday that the preliminary list for the new national team will be announced in the near future.

In an online statement, the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) said the Afghanistan football head coach Mohammad Yousuf Kargar along with the AFF officials have prepared the preliminary list of nominees.

The statement further added Mr. Kargar has visited the European and American countries to select nominees for the new team.

The national team was suspended by the football federation nearly two months ago due to weak performance, specifically by the under-23 football team in 2014 Incheon Asian Games.

The under-23 national football team had lost all matches in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games after appearing against Bangladesh, Hong Kong and Uzbekistan.

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Ghani appoints new chairman, CEO for Afghanistan Cricket Board http://www.khaama.com/ghani-appoints-new-chairman-ceo-for-afghanistan-cricket-board-9126 http://www.khaama.com/ghani-appoints-new-chairman-ceo-for-afghanistan-cricket-board-9126#comments Sun, 14 Dec 2014 10:20:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=42724 Read the full article...]]> 10620058_1018041024888392_861130203176876398_oPresident Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has appointed new chairman and chief executive officer for the cricket board of Afghanistan.

According to a statement by ACB, Nasim Danish has been appointed as the new chairman of the Afghanistan cricket board, while Shafiq Stanikzai has been appointed as the new ACB chief executive officer.

The statement further added that the new appointments were made following a decree issued by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

Nasim Danish was previously serving as the deputy ACB chairman and Shafiqullah stanikzai as the national team director.

Previously, Shahzada Masood was serving the chairman of the cricket board of Afghanistan, and Dr. Noor Mohammad Murad as ACB chief executive officer.

The new appointments comes as the Afghan national cricket team is due to participate in the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup, which is due to be organized in the month of February next year.

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Afghanistan Announces Preliminary Squad for World Cup http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-board-names-30-member-preliminary-squad-for-world-cup-8834 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-board-names-30-member-preliminary-squad-for-world-cup-8834#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 15:41:15 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=42384 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan cricketThe Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) announced a 30-member preliminary squad for the 2015 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup.

Dr. Noor Mohammad Murad, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said a 15-member squad will be selected from the 30 nominees, based on experience, talent and achievements.

He said the Afghan team’s participation in the world cup tournament will not suffice and they aim to have an impressive performance in the tournament.

According to ACB, the preliminary 30-member squad includes Mohammad Nabi Esakhil, Nawroz Mangal, Usman Ghani, Javid Ahmadi, Afsar Zazai, Asghar Stanikzai, Samiullah Shinwari, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Mirwais Ashraf, Gulbadin Naib, Hamid Hassan, Shapoor Zadran, DAwlat Zadran, Izatullah, Aftab Alam, Farid Malik, Najeeb Zadran, Nasir Jamal, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Mohammad Shahzad Mohammadi, Karim Sadiq, Shabir Noori, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Yamin Ahmadzai, Hamza Hotak, Najibullah Tarakai, Fazal Niazi, Mohammad Mujtaba, Noor Ali Zadran and Rahmat Shah.

Afghanistan will make its maiden appearance at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which will be held between 14 February and 29 March.

Afghanistan is among the four teams which qualified for the ICC Cricket World 2015. Other teams include Ireland, Scotland and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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Afghanistan to face India in their first 2015 World Cup warm-up http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-to-face-india-in-first-2015-world-cup-warm-up-9081 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-to-face-india-in-first-2015-world-cup-warm-up-9081#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 06:27:10 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=42112 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan vs IndiaThe Afghanistan national cricket team will take on the defending champions India in their first warm-up match for the 2015 World Cup.

The match is scheduled for February 10, 2015 which would be played in Adelaide Oval in Australia.

According to the schedule released by International Cricket Council on Monday, a total of 14 warm-up matches will be played from February 8 t 13 across Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney in Australia and Christchurch in New Zealand.

The warm-up matches will not be treated as official One-Day Internationals and will operate under different rules.

The Afghan team is expected to face United Arab Emirates during their second warm-up match on February 13, 2015 at Melbourne.

Afghanistan will make its maiden appearance at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which will be held between 14 February and 29 March.

Afghanistan is among the four teams which qualified for the ICC Cricket World 2015. Other teams include Ireland, Scotland and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Afghan team will travel to Australia and New Zealand along with the other qualifying teams, in a bid to prepare for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

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Afghanistan suffer 2nd consecutive loss against UAE http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-sets-a-target-of-281-runs-for-united-arab-emirates-9071 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-sets-a-target-of-281-runs-for-united-arab-emirates-9071#comments Sun, 30 Nov 2014 09:59:13 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=42038 Read the full article...]]> Afghan cricketThe Afghanistan national cricket team faced defeat during the their second match against United Arab Emirates despite setting a target of 281 runs.

United Arab Emirates won the toss and elected to field first, allowing the Afghan batsmen to bat first.

Opener Nawroz Mangal scored 129 runs from 123 balls by hitting 4 sixes and 8 fours, while Afsr Zazai scored 51 runs from 83 balls to set the target of 281 runs for UAE.

Other batsmen, Usman Ghani made 7 runs, Asghar Stanikzai 1 run, Samiullah Shenwari 25 runs, Gulbadin Naib 20 runs, while Dawlat Zadran remained not out after scoring 3 runs together with dawlat Zadran who made 1 run.

The UAE batsmen chased the given target in 48th over the game and by losing their four wickets.

Afghanistan lost the opening match against United Arab Emirates on Friday.

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“The news of Hughes’s loss has left all of us speechless. Hughes in his short inning wooed everybody around him with his charm and performance. He will always be remembered as an extremely proficient cricketer. On behalf of Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB), I offer sincere condolences to Hughes’s family and friends,” said Dr. Noor Muhammad Murad, CEO ACB.

“Hughes was truly a treasure in the field of cricket and has left his mark, which will be followed by cricket enthusiasts all over the world. At a very young age, he became the youngest batsman to post two centuries in a single Test in his second match itself. “Phillip Hughes touched million souls with his sportsmanship and he will remain to live in the heart of every passionate player,” said Dr. Murad.

Hughes died in a hospital in Sydney on Thursday, two days after he was struck on the head by a ball. He was hit by a short ball from bowler Sean Abbott during a domestic game on Tuesday, striking him on the part of the side of his head as he was trying to evade the delivery.

He was regarded as a player with a bright future and had played dozens of One Day International (ODI) and test matches for Australia.

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Australian cricket star Phillip Hughes dies after being hit by ball http://www.khaama.com/australian-cricket-star-phillip-hughes-dies-after-being-hit-by-ball-8802 http://www.khaama.com/australian-cricket-star-phillip-hughes-dies-after-being-hit-by-ball-8802#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:07:45 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=41926 Read the full article...]]> Phillip HughesAn Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes died in a hospital in Sydney on Thursday, two days after he was struck on the head by a ball.

Regarded as a player with a bright future, the 25-year-old Hughes had played dozens of One Day International (ODI) and test matches for Australia.

He was hit by a short ball from bowler Sean Abbott during a domestic game on Tuesday, striking him on the part of the side of his head as he was trying to evade the delivery.

According to reports, the force was such that his vertebral artery was pierced and was induced a coma by physicians as they sought to save him.

His death drew expressions of grief, shock and disbelief from fellow players and sporting figures around the world.

Following the announcement of his death, a two-day tour match between India and a Cricket Australia XI in Adelaide was called off, while New Zealand and Pakistan suspended their Test match in Sharjah for the day out of respect.

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Afghanistan-A cricket team defeats Pakistan by 54 runs http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-a-cricket-team-defeats-pakistan-by-54-runs-8998 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-a-cricket-team-defeats-pakistan-by-54-runs-8998#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 11:07:58 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=41476 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan beats PakistanThe Afghanistan-A national cricket team defeated Pakistan-A cricket team by 54 runs during a 15 over friendly match on Saturday.

The Afghanistan-A team chose to bat first after winning toss, setting a target of 155 runs from 15 overs.

Afghanistan-A lost six wickets, with Najibullah Zadran remaining not out after scoring 60 runs from 32 balls along with Samiullah Shenwari who scored 27 runs from 14 balls.

Other batsmen, Mohammad Shahzad scored 17 runs, Najeeb Tarakai 18 runs, Hashamtullah Shaidi 11 runs and Mohammad Nabi 15 runs.

The Pakistan-A batsmen could not chase the given target and lost their 9 wickets to score 100 runs from 15 overs.

On the bowling side, Mohammad Nabi, Aftab Alam and Gulbadin Naib took two wickets each, while Fareed Ahmad and M Nasim Baras took one wicket each to restrict the Pakistan-A batsmen to 100 runs.

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Afghanistan U-19 cricket team defeats Nepal by 5 wickets http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-u-19-cricket-team-defeats-nepal-by-5-wickets-8759 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-u-19-cricket-team-defeats-nepal-by-5-wickets-8759#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:43:12 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=41442 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan U-19The Afghanistan Under-19 national cricket team defeated Nepal by 5 wickets during their fourth in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Premier League on Friday.

The Afghan U-19s won the toss and elected to field first, allowing the Nepalese batsmen to bat first.

On the bowling side, Rashid Khan took 4 wickets, Zia-ur-Rehman and Shahidullah 2 wickets and Tariq Stanikzai one wicket to restrict the Nepalese batsmen to 134 runs from 45 overs.

The Afghan U-19 batsmen chased the given target in 36th over of the game, with Shahidullah scoring the highest runs for Afghanistan by making 52 runs from 59 balls.

This was the fourth consecutive win by the Afghan U-19s in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Premier League. Afghanistan has previously defeated Malaysia, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

The Afghan U-19s will face Kuwait in their last match of the tournament on Saturday.

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Afghanistan U-19 cricket team defeats Saudi Arabia by 277 runs http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-u-19-cricket-team-defeats-saudi-arabia-by-277-runs-8747 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-u-19-cricket-team-defeats-saudi-arabia-by-277-runs-8747#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 15:43:36 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=41381 Read the full article...]]> unnamed (88)The Afghanistan Under-19 national cricket team defeated Saudi Arabia by 277 runs during their third match in the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Premier League on Wednesday.

The Afghan U-19s won the toss and elected to bat first, setting a target of 327 runs for Saudi Arabia batsmen from 47.1 overs.

The highest run was scored by Tariq Stanikzai who made 67 runs from 67 balls by hitting 5 fours and 3 sixes.

The Saudi Arabia U-19 batsmen were all restricted to 49 runs by Afghan bowlers during the 21st over of the game.

Naveen-ul-haq took 6 six wickets, Rashid Khan 2 wickets and Tariq Stanikzai 1 wicket on the bowling side.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) Chief Executive Officer Dr. Noor Moahmmad Murad welcomed the third consecutive win by Afghan U-19s in the ACC Premier League.

The Afghan U-19s are expected to face Nepal during their fourth match of the ACC Premier League on coming Friday.

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Afghanistan U-19 cricket team defeats UAE by 306 runs http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-u-19-cricket-team-defeats-uae-by-306-runs-8741 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-u-19-cricket-team-defeats-uae-by-306-runs-8741#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 16:12:33 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=41291 Read the full article...]]> 1 (1)The Afghanistan Under-19 national cricket team defeated United Arab Emirates (UAE) by 306 runs during their second match in Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Premier League on Monday.

The Afghan U-19s set a target of 390 runs for the UAE U-19s after winning toss and elected to bat first.

Tariq Stanikzai scored the highest runs for Afghanistan and remained not out after scoring 160 runs from 119 balls. He hit 13 sixes and 6 fours.

The target was set from 50 overs after losing 7 wickets. Waheedullah Shafaq scored 87 runs with opener Hazratullah Zazai 45 runs.

On the bowling side, Naveen-ul-Haq took four wickets, Rashid Khan and Shahidullah took two wickets, while Zia-ur-Rehman and Juman Gul took one wicket each.

The UAE batsmen were restricted to 83 runs from 31.3 overs.

This comes as Afghan U-19s defeated the Malaysian team by 10 wickets in their opening match of ACC Premier League on Sunday.

The Afghan U-19s are expected to face Saudi Arabia team in their third match of the ACC Premier League on Wednesday.

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Afghanistan U-19 cricket team defeats Malaysia by 10 wickets http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-u-19-cricket-team-defeats-malaysia-by-10-wickets-8740 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-u-19-cricket-team-defeats-malaysia-by-10-wickets-8740#comments Sun, 09 Nov 2014 17:48:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=41255 Read the full article...]]> unnamedThe Afghanistan Under-19 national cricket team defeated Malaysia in their opening match of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Premier League on Sunday.

The Malaysian Under-19 cricket team set a target of 102 runs for the Afghanistan U-19s after they won the toss and elected to bat first.

On the bowling side, Rashid Aman took six wickets to help the Afghan bowlers restrict the Malaysian batsmen to 101 runs in 37th over of the game.

Afghan batsmen chased the given target in the 10th over the game with Hazratullah Zazai scoring 55 runs and Shahidullah 33 runs.

The man of the match status was given to Rashid Aman for scoring the highest runs in the game.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) Chief Executive Officer Dr. Noor Mohammad Murad welcomed the victory of the Afghan team in their opening match and said today’s victory was a sign that the Afghan U-19s are well prepared to win the ACC Premier League championship trophy.

The Afghan U-19s are expecting to face United Arab Emirates in their second match in ACC Premier League on Monday.

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Mohammad Nabi, Samiullah Shenwari shortlisted for ICC cricket award http://www.khaama.com/mohammad-nabi-samiullah-shenwari-shortlisted-for-icc-cricket-award-8943 http://www.khaama.com/mohammad-nabi-samiullah-shenwari-shortlisted-for-icc-cricket-award-8943#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 07:23:09 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=41128 Read the full article...]]> Samiullah ShenwariAfghan cricket stars Mohammad Nabi and Samiullah Shenwari are among the several international cricket athletes nominated for the 11th LG ICC Awards 2014.

National team captain Mohammad Nabi along with all-rounder Samiullah Shenwari have been shortlisted for the ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricket of the Year award.

The other nominees for the aware are two Scotland players, including Calum MacLeod and Preston Mommsen.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson announced the shortlists for the 2014 awards.

Winner of the award will be announced by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on 14th November.

The performances of the players will be taken into account in the LG ICC Awards 2014, based on the 13 months between 26 August 2013 and 17 September 2014.

According to ICC, the period between 26 August 2013 and 17 September 2014 includes the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014, ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier New Zealand 2014, ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2013, various rounds of the ICC Intercontinental Cup, numerous Pepsi ICC World Cricket League and Championship fixtures, ICC Women’s Championship and several bilateral Test, ODI and T20I series.

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The Sport of Rugby is expanding in Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/the-sport-of-rugby-is-expanding-in-afghanistan-8844 http://www.khaama.com/the-sport-of-rugby-is-expanding-in-afghanistan-8844#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:47:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=40497 Read the full article...]]> 1 (5)

Afghanistan Rugby Federation (ARF) is one of the newest federation working for the development of rugby in Afghanistan and is always trying to make initiatives in the development of rugby.  Rugby was introduced to Afghans less than three years ago, but interest in the sport is quickly spreading amongst Afghans in the war-torn country.

Afghanistan Rugby Federation Chief Executive Officer, Asad Ziar, said “Today , Friday October 17, 2014 we in finally managed to inaugurate a rugby club in a far flung village of Bagrami district in the south of Kabul by the help of  Momozai Youths Association and community elders. It was the first time that a youth organization and community elders were mobilized to help spread the sport of rugby in Afghanistan. During the inauguration ceremony we realize that without the help of community social organizations and counsels it will be difficult to promote sport , since we are those who can only cover technical aspect of the clubs while all others sides have to be covered by social community organizations and counsels like we know have a living example in the Momozai village that a youth organization stood up with us and showed their commitment in the development of rugby sport in Afghanistan and as well they involved the only school’s PE teacher as the development officer of the club in the village which is a very positive sign towards the continuous growth of rugby in the area.”

While talking during the inauguration ceremony Mr. Abdul Waris Mamozai the vice president of Mamozai Youths Association thanked the Afghanistan Rugby Federation for their initiatives and stated that this is the first time we are witnessing a federation with no help and support from the Afghanistan National Olympic Committee or any other sport developing organization is doing a great job by assisting the players with all kits required to play rugby.

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He added that the sport federations & organizations should limit their activities to the center of Kabul or other provincial centers only but they should also keep in mind that we have talented players and athletes in the villages who can not afford to come to the center of the cities to learn a new sport or participate in weekly or daily activities.

Afghanistan Rugby Federation founded by Mohammad Mansoor President and Asad Ziar Vice President / Chief Executive Officer aims to support children who make the choice to play the sport against a backdrop of violence, conflict and suffering. We do not make judgments about the war, or about individuals – it’s about sport, doing something positive and result oriented and having fun. The most positive outcome is attracting a new generation to sport and providing them the opportunity opt out of violence, war and drug addiction

Ziar further added, “We are trying to introduce rugby as a force in bringing about cultural change and democracy in a social situation. Sport will find a way to succeed since it is a tool for peace, prosperity and brotherhood in fact sport is a powerful tool to promote peace, tolerance and understanding, bringing people together across boundaries, cultures and religions. Its intrinsic values such as teamwork, fairness, discipline and respect are understood all over the world and can be utilized in the advancement of solidarity and social cohesion”

“We aim to encourage these attributes within our young players, and people from around the globe are supporting us in our endeavors. Until recently we did not have supporters from any country but today we can say that there are many people willing to help us and even mobilize others to support us” Said Mr. Mohammad Mansoor Majid , President of Afghanistan Rugby Federation,” Ziar added.

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He said, “We do understand that sporting initiatives alone cannot stop or resolve conflict, but sport gives us an engaging and cost-effective medium for post-conflict relief work and peace building as well as future conflict prevention. We do have some examples of the positive influence of sport that we can mention here; Japan suffered extensive damage in the Second World War. Essential items such as housing and food were scarce and people struggled just to survive. However, even at this time of extreme poverty, sporting activities began to spring up nationwide. It was as if people’s eagerness to participate in sport, which had been suppressed during the war, suddenly exploded.

Afghans are not different from Japanese but we were playing sport during the wars and civil unrest too. Afghans always have respect for sport if opportunities are created for them.”

The CEO of the federation emphasized that if the Afghanistan National Olympic committee cannot afford to help the federation financially they do can help morally and appreciate the activities and initiatives executed by the federation, he explained that over 100 Afghan athletes participated in The 2014 Asian Games, officially known as the XVII Asiad, was a multi-sport event celebrated in Incheon, South Korea from September 19 – October 4, 2014, with 439 events in 36 sports and disciplines featured in the Games. Afghanistan managed to earn only silver and one bronze medal with no gold at all as compare to Iran obtaining 57 medals including 21 gold medals. In more simple words Afghanistan could not get a single gold medal from a total of 439 gold medals. However rugby was including in the games but importunately Afghanistan’s National Rugby squad was out of the event and even did not get a single notification about the games from Afghanistan National Olympic Committee which really made many of our players disappointed. The CEO & Secretary General of the Afghanistan National Olympic Committee Mr. Rafi Ferdous did not have any convincing answers when he was asked why the Afghan rugby squad was not in the committee’s list. In fact it may be easy to meet the president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan but very difficult to meet the president of the Afghanistan National Olympic Committee , We do understand that the president of the Afghanistan National Olympic Committee is a well known businessman and owns a TV channel too but by any means the committee really need someone who can be a full time president to listen to the issues that the federations are facing and address the problems and issue on time instructions and directions. We really have to do a lot more if we want to make our identity sport not war

Afghanistan National 7s Squad is preparing to participate in the Asian Rugby Football Union ( ARFU) Asian Developing 7s Tournament in Al Ain , UAE the participating nations are Afghanistan, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and UAE. The event will take place on 31st October  and 1st November 2014 and is endorsed by the Asian Rugby Football Union and the International Rugby Board. Afghanistan Rugby Federation does not have any sponsors to cover the travel and Visa cost for the squad and as always we are not expecting any help or assistance from the Afghanistan National Olympic Committee too but as always the president of the Federation Mr.Mohammad Mansoor Majid will cover all the costs and expenses says “ Asad Ziar”, He added that we have already selected the squad and finalize the list and on Sunday October 19, 2014 an Afghan origin kiwi coach will join us to train the national squad and we are very much hopeful to bring the title of the event to Afghanistan.

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Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar wants to visit Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/indian-cricket-legend-sachin-tendulkar-wants-to-visit-afghanistan-6812 http://www.khaama.com/indian-cricket-legend-sachin-tendulkar-wants-to-visit-afghanistan-6812#comments Wed, 08 Oct 2014 15:26:32 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=40067 Read the full article...]]> Sachin TendulkarThe Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar has said he is willing to visit Afghanistan, the Afghan ambassador to India Shaida M Abdali said Wednesday.

Abdali has said that Tendulkar has accepted an invitation to visit Afghanistan. “Meeting the Cricket Legend Sachin Tendulkar today, and accepting the invitation to visit Afghanistan!!!” he said through a twitter message.

The Afghan cricket board chair Shahzada Masoud said earlier last week that the international teams and players such as Sachin Tendulkar should visit Afghanistan.

Masoud thanked the Indian government for supporting the Afghan cricket and said, “We are grateful to both India and Germany for their support.”

“But what we want now is for teams like India to come any play on our grounds. It would have been so exciting if Sachin Tendulkar had come and played in our country. I hope Mahendra Singh Dhoni can make it,” Masoud told AFP during the Asian Olympics last week.

The Indian government approved a grant of $1 million for the construction of a stadium in the southern province of Kandahar earlier this year. The funding was provided under the Indian government’s Small Development Project Scheme.

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Afghanistan cricket team defeats Auckland Aces by 9 wickets http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-team-defeats-auckland-aces-by-9-wickets-6794 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-team-defeats-auckland-aces-by-9-wickets-6794#comments Sun, 05 Oct 2014 09:26:47 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=39954 Read the full article...]]> Usman GhaniAfghanistan national cricket team defeated Auckland Aces by nine wickets during the ICC Cricket World Cup Associate Warm-up matches.

Auckland Aces won the toss and elected to bat first, setting a target of 202 runs for the Afghan batsmen from 45 overs.

A century by teenager opener Usman Ghani registered a comprehensive nine-wicket win over Auckland. He scored 107 runs from 112 balls.

Nawroz Mangal remained not out by scoring 77 runs from 77 balls along with Hashmatullah Shahidi who scored 4 runs from 2 balls.

Mangal and Ghani’s opening stand effectively finished off the game. The two batsmen shared a partnership of 198 runs before left-arm seamer Donovan Grobbelaar bowled Ghani.

On the bowling side, Dawlat Zadran took 3 wickets, Yamin Ahmadzai 2 wickets and Aftab Alam and Mirwais Ashraf took one wicke each.

The Afghan team is playing four matches in New Zealand as part of their build-up to next year’s World Cup. The upcoming matches of Afghanistan are scheduled against Northern Knights on Tuesday and Thursday.

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Afghanistan cricket qualifies for final in Incheon Asian Games http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-qualifies-for-final-in-incheon-asian-games-6788 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-qualifies-for-final-in-incheon-asian-games-6788#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 09:42:53 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=39926 Read the full article...]]> 10433141_937285309619166_8586825389233740770_nThe Afghanistan cricket team has qualified for final in the Incheon Asian Games by defeating Hong Kong in the semi-finals.

The Hong Kong batsmen were restrited to 88 runs from 20 overs by losing 8 wickets after Afghanistan won the toss and elected to field first.

Nabi Esa Khel, Karim sAdiq and Nasim Brech took two wickets each on the bowling side.

Afghanistan needed 72 runs from 15 overs after the match was delayed due to rains, which was successfully chased in the 12th over by Afghan batsmen who lost only two wickets.

Shahzad Mohammadi scored the highest runs on the batting side for Afghanistan by making 41 runs.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chief executive officer, Dr. Noor Mohammad Murad congratulated the Afghan nation for the qualification of the cricket team to the final of the Asian Games.

Dr. Murad said this is the second Afghanistan A cricket team is qualifying to final of the Asian Games, insisting that the Afghan players are well prepared to win the gold medal this time.

Afghanistan A cricket team will compete against Sri Lanka A team in the final match on Friday.

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Germany spends €700,000 to build cricket stadium in Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/germany-spends-e700000-to-build-cricket-stadium-in-afghanistan-6785 http://www.khaama.com/germany-spends-e700000-to-build-cricket-stadium-in-afghanistan-6785#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:30:48 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=39901 Read the full article...]]> Cricket in Afghanistan (14)According to reports, Germany will spend €700,000 to build a new cricket stadium in eastern Khost province of Afghanistan.

The commitment by Germany comes as the government of India pledged $1 million for the construction of a cricket ground in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan.

The new cricket stadium in Khost province will be built on 25 acres of land which will have a capacity of 6000 people.

Afghanistan Cricket Board chairman Shahzada Masoud told AFP at the Asian Games, “We are grateful to both India and Germany for their support.”

Shahzada Masoud also hoped that the key teams such as India tours Afghanistan and play matches. “But what we want now is for teams like India to come any play on our grounds. It would have been so exciting if Sachin Tendulkar had come and played in our country. I hope Mahendra Singh Dhoni can make it,” he said,

Cricket has become immensely popular after Afghanistan’s showing in the Asia Cup and the World T20.

Afghanistan also qualified for the 2015 World Cup last year and received $1 million from the ICC to help prepare for the tournament, in addition to the $422,000 awarded in April 2013 as part of the ICC’s Targeted Assistance and Performance Programme.

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Afghanistan cricket defeats ACT Comets by 3 wickets http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-defeats-act-comets-by-3-wickets-8723 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-defeats-act-comets-by-3-wickets-8723#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 05:28:54 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=39689 Read the full article...]]> Nawroz MangalThe Afghanistan national cricket team defeated ACT Comets during the ICC Cricket World Cup Associate Warm-up Matches on Friday.

Afghanistan restricted all ACT Comets batsmen to 266 runs in 49 overs, with Aftab Alam taking 4 wickets, Yamin Ahmadzai 2 wickets and Mohammad Nabi, Glbadin Naib and Rahmat Shah one wicket each.

The game was part of Afghanistan’s ICC High Performance Programme Tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Afghanistan pulled off a thrilling three-wicket victory over ACT Comets in the final over of the game, with Nawroz Mangal’s gritty half-century to chase down the target in 49.2 overs.

The former captain made 85 runs from 100 balls by hitting 6 fours and 1 six. Usman Ghani made 27 runs, Hasmatullah Shahidi 20 runs, Nasir Jamal 41 runs, Mohammad Nabi 6 runs, Shafiqullah 22 runs, Gulbadin Naib 22 runs, while Rahmat Shah remained not out after scoring 3 runs along with Samiullah Shnwari who scored 31 runs.

Afghanistan lost two matches against Western Australia XI cricket club on September 21st and 23rd. Afghanistan is expecting to face New South Wales Second XI during it’s fourth match on Sunday.

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India signs agreement for construction Kandahar cricket stadium http://www.khaama.com/india-signs-agreement-for-consturction-kandahar-cricket-stadium-8674 http://www.khaama.com/india-signs-agreement-for-consturction-kandahar-cricket-stadium-8674#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 05:19:02 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=39354 Read the full article...]]> DSC_0046The Indian ambassador to Afghanistan Amar Sinha signed an agreement for the revival of Kandahar cricket stadium.

The signing ceremony was also attended by economy minister Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, higher education minister Obaidullah Obaid and Afghanistan cricket board chief executive Dr. Noor Mohammad Murad.

Mr. Sinha emphasized on the revival of cricket sport in Afghanistan saying that the cricket game has attracted more youths in the country.

The government of India approved USD 1 million for the construction of cricket stadium in southern Kandahar province of Afghanistan earlier last month.

The grant was approved after Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) sent a proposal to the Indian embassy requesting USD 1 million fund for the construction of a standard cricket stadium in Kandahar province.

In the meantime, Dr. Murad said the Afghanistan cricket had major achievements on international level besides the game has played vital role in national unity.

He said the construction of stadium will resolve major issues of young athletes in Kandahar province.

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Afghan cricket team leaves for Australia to prepare for 2015 world cup http://www.khaama.com/afghan-cricket-team-leaves-for-australia-to-prepare-for-2015-world-cup-86454 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-cricket-team-leaves-for-australia-to-prepare-for-2015-world-cup-86454#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:21:25 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=39204 Read the full article...]]> DSC_0580The Afghanistan national cricket team left for Australia on Sunday to participate in preparatory matches for the 2015 ICC cricket world cup.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chairman Shahzada Masood said he expects that the Afghan team will take more advantage from the one month tour of Australia to prepare for the upcoming world cup matches.

ACB chief executive Dr. Noor Mohammad Murad also urged the Afghan team to use the opportunity for better preparation for the 2015 world cup.

The newly appointed Afghan cricket coach Andy Moles also insisted that the Afghan team should have a courageous performance in the world and have better preparation for the matches.

Afghan captain Mohammad Nabi Esa Khel welcomed the efforts by Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) to provide such training opportunities which would help the team to have better preparation for the world cup.

Afghanistan will make its maiden appearance at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which will be held between 14 February and 29 March.

Afghanistan is among the four teams which qualified for the ICC Cricket World 2015. Other teams include Ireland, Scotland and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Afghan team will travel to Australia and New Zealand along with the other qualifying teams, in a bid to prepare for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

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Cricket World Cup 2015 trophy tours Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/cricket-world-cup-2015-trophy-tours-afghanistan-8634 http://www.khaama.com/cricket-world-cup-2015-trophy-tours-afghanistan-8634#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 10:49:30 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=39140 Read the full article...]]> world cup trophy tours AfghanistanDozens of people including members of the cricket board of Afghanistan gathered in Kabul international airport to welcome the tour of ICC World Cup 2015 trophy to Afghanistan.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chief executive Dr. Noor Mohammad Murad accompanied the ICC World Cup trophy from Dubai to Kabul international airport.

The trophy was taken to presidential palace after it was welcomed in Kabul international airport.

Dr. Murad said Afghanistan’s qualification to ICC 2015 Cricket World Cup was one of the ambitions of the cricket board of Afghanistan and the Afghan nation.

He said he is hopeful that the Afghan team will have a good performance in the upcoming world cup matches.

Afghanistan will make its maiden appearance at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which will be held between 14 February and 29 March.

Afghanistan is among the four teams which qualified for the ICC Cricket World 2015. Other teams include Ireland, Scotland and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Afghan team will travel to Australia and New Zealand along with the other qualifying teams, in a bid to prepare for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

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ICC Cricket World Cup trophy arrives in Afghanistan next week http://www.khaama.com/icc-cricket-world-cup-trophy-arrives-in-afghanistan-next-week-8595 http://www.khaama.com/icc-cricket-world-cup-trophy-arrives-in-afghanistan-next-week-8595#comments Sun, 07 Sep 2014 04:20:03 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=38868 Read the full article...]]> ICC Wrold Cup trophy arrives in AfghanistanThe International Cricket Council (ICC) 2015 Cricket World Cup trophy will arrive in Afghanistan next week as part of a tour to participating countries.

Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) said the trophy will have a tour to Afghanistan as well despite political and security issues.

ACB officials said the trophy will arrive in Kabul International Airport on September 13 and the cricket board of Afghanistan has taken necessary preparations to welcome the arrival of the World Cup trophy.

ACB chief executive Dr. Noor Mohammad Murad said Afghanistan’s qualification to ICC 2015 World Cup was a major achievement and welcomed the tour of the World Cup trophy to Afghanistan.

Afghanistan will make its maiden appearance at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which will be held between 14 February and 29 March.

Afghanistan is among the four teams which qualified for the ICC Cricket World 2015. Other teams include Ireland, Scotland and United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The Afghan team will travel to Australia and New Zealand along with the other qualifying teams, in a bid to prepare for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.

The qualifying teams will take on local teams as part of ICC High Performance Programme (HPP) during the tours which will be organized with an aim to assist the qualifiers’ preparations for cricket’s pinnacle 50-over tournament.

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Disability is not Inability in Afghan Cricket http://www.khaama.com/disability-is-not-inability-in-afghan-cricket-8591 http://www.khaama.com/disability-is-not-inability-in-afghan-cricket-8591#comments Sat, 06 Sep 2014 10:52:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=38850 Read the full article...]]> Afghan disabled cricketersLast week the Afghanistan Cricket Board concluded its annual flagship event, the Sixes Tournament 2014. A capacity crowd overflowed the Kabul Stadium for the last day and were treated to a surprise match before the big Final of the tournament when two of the country’s disability cricket teams displayed their skill in a 5 over match.

The crowd loved it and joined in the spirit of the event, roaring loudly for every ball. People outside of the stadium would have been forgiven for thinking the Afghan National Team was playing.

The 8,000 strong crowd was the largest Afghan audience ever to watch a match with teams comprised of players with physical disabilities. It was also the first time people had seen three batsman at the pitch – the third being the “runner” (pictured above).

Hundreds of thousands of Afghans live with disabilities caused by 30 years of war and landmines, birth impairments, inadequate healthcare, congenital disabilities, accidents, malnutrition and preventable diseases such as polio or tuberculosis.

Whilst no reliable statistics exist for people with disabilities in Afghanistan, estimates range from 6% up to 10% of the population of around 30 million. Whatever the exact figures, Afghanistan has a very high prevalence of disabled people.

Recognition of this has led the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) to develop a Disability Cricket Department and programmes for players with disabilities.

“Cricket has a tremendous amount to offer people with disabilities, Dr Noor Mohammad Murad, the CEO of the ACB said, “We are seeking to implement more programmes to ensure access to cricket for those who are disabled. We believe cricket can offer them new choices, possibilities and greater freedom. It can also improve their self-esteem and social inclusion.”

“We strongly support the philosophy that ‘disability is not inability’. The wonderful response of the large crowd to the short disability match before the Final of the Sixes Competition showed that ordinary Afghans strongly appreciate seeing young disabled cricketers participating in the game.”

The Afghanistan Cricket Board is seeking donors and sponsors to help increase access to the game for disabled people. In particular, the ACB is seeking support for the National Disability Team to attend two international disability tournaments at the end of 2014 and early in 2015.

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New Zealand’s Andy Moles appoined as new Afghan cricket coach http://www.khaama.com/new-zealands-andy-moles-appoined-as-new-afghan-cricket-coach-8580 http://www.khaama.com/new-zealands-andy-moles-appoined-as-new-afghan-cricket-coach-8580#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 04:50:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=38690 Read the full article...]]> Andy-Moles-001The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) announced today the appointment of Andy Moles as its new national coach.

He will play an important role in preparations for Afghanistan’s participation in the World Cup 2015.

The appointment followed the resignation earlier this week of Kabir Khan, Afghanistan’s long-serving national coach. Khan told media the position was putting too much strain on his family.

“I am very excited as I take on the role of national coach for Afghanistan,” Moles said in Kabul today, “The ACB has a very talented bunch of players and I am looking forward to the challenges of working with them to help them reach the pinnacle of their performance as individuals and as a team.”

Moles is a former English first-class cricketer for Warwickshire, England and Griqualand West, South Africa. Since his retirement as a player, his international coaching career has included positions with Kenya (2003), Scotland (2005), and New Zealand (2008).

“Some media outlets have described Kabir Khan’s resignation as a setback and a major blow for Afghanistan cricket,” Dr Noor Mohammad Murad, CEO of the ACB, said when announcing Mole’s appointment. “We do not see it this way. We see it as a new opportunity for further development both of the National Team and our national cricket generally.”

“Whilst Kabir shared his particular skills with our players over a long period, Andy Moles, brings different and needed skills and approaches to the position. He comes to us at this important time with a wealth of experience in international cricket both as player and coach. This will enrich and broaden the development of our national team.”

“Even though a change at this time may not have been our first choice, we strongly believe that our new national coach will enhance our preparation for the World Cup 2015 and that our players will reap many benefits.”

Moles was a gritty and determined, right-handed opening batsman. He played from 1986 until his retirement in 1997 for Warwickshire, where he scored 13,316 runs at an average of 38.59. During the late 1980s he also played domestic cricket in South Africa for Griqualand West and in three seasons managed 1,989 runs at 64.16.

Moles will arrive in Kabul this week to take up the national coaching position.

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Afghanistan cricket wins Laureus Spirit of Sport award http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-wins-laureus-spirit-of-sport-award-3482 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-wins-laureus-spirit-of-sport-award-3482#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 04:26:32 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=32959 Read the full article...]]> Laureus-AwardsThe Afghanistan cricket team was honored with the prestigious Laureus Spirit of Sport Award for beating all odds and for their feat in rising from refugee camps and long-running conflict to qualify for the 2015 World Cup.

Afghanistan for the first time defeated a test playing nation – Bngladesh in the recently concluded Asia Cup, besides giving tough competitions giants of the game like Australia and Pakistan recently.

The Laureus World Sports Awards are widely considered to be the Oscars of sports. No cricket team before Afghanistan has ever won the award.

Laureus Spirit of Sport has previously been awarded on only 5 occasions, and the last award was given in 2011.

Afghanistan cricket was honored with the award during a ceremony in Malaysia. Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel and swim star Missy Franklin were named Laureus sportsman and woman of the year.

“We are very proud to receive Spirit of Sport Award,” Dr Noor said, “it recognizes the hard work of players, officials and administrators over the past 12 years in building cricket in our country.”

“Cricket is more than a game in Afghanistan. It is a tool which is making an impact in the development of peace, unity and development. I am sure this award will motivate us in continuing to build cricket and its impact in our country.”

“We are proud of our national team who deserve this recognition. We are working hard with them to continue developing better performance and skills in preparation for the World Cup 2015.”

“We still have a long way to go,” he added, “but we have naturally talented players who are eager to learn. We are confident that with work, time and experience we can become a competitive team alongside the top cricketing countries of the world.”

There are seven nominations under Laureus which includes Laureus World Sportsman, Sportswoman, Team, Breakthrough, Comeback and Action Sports Awards.

The Laureus Media Selection Panel decides regarding the nominees where a voting is carried out by the members of the Laureus World Sports Academy.

There is also another specialist panel which is choosing the Laureus World Sportsperson with disability Award.

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International Afghan footballer joins Dempo Sports Club in India http://www.khaama.com/international-afghan-footballer-joins-dempo-sports-club-in-india-3279 http://www.khaama.com/international-afghan-footballer-joins-dempo-sports-club-in-india-3279#comments Sat, 11 Jan 2014 07:47:47 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31211 Read the full article...]]> 1545023_10154214945645355_415173763_nThe International Afghan footballer and captain of Afghanistan National Football Team Zohib Islam Amiri has joined the Dempo Sports Club in India, following his remarkable performance for Mumbai Football Club – Mumbai FC.

Zohib Islam Amiri will play for the Goa based Demp S.C. till the end of the 2013 and 2014 season.

Amiri was recognized as one of the best Central Defenders in South Asia for his performance in Mumbai FC and during the South Asia Football Federation (SAFF) Championship.

He joined Mumbai FC club two years back and was voted the FPAI Fans’ Player of the Year for the 2012-2013 season in India.

Dempo Sports Club Head Coach, Arthur Papas said the club was delighted to complete the singing of Amiri, who is believed to play an important role in the upcoming matches.

Amiri also welcomed the signing of the contract and said he was delighted to finally sign for Demp Sports Club.

He vowed to play well for the team and have a succesfful seasson with the Dempo Sports Club.

Amiri is a talented Afghan footballer, who is currently the captain of the Afghan National Football team. He led Afghanistan to a 2-0 victory over India in the south Asia Football Federation (SAFF) championship.

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Shahrukh Khan: No combination like sports and women http://www.khaama.com/shahrukh-khan-no-combination-like-sports-and-women-1410 http://www.khaama.com/shahrukh-khan-no-combination-like-sports-and-women-1410#comments Sun, 24 Feb 2013 06:24:06 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=23544 Read the full article...]]> Shahrukh Khan has no time for cricketBollywood star and producer Shahrukh Khan on Saturday said he personally doesn’t have time to play cricket and the Cricket Championship League (CCL) doesn’t need a “smaller star” like him, The Times of India reported.

While speaking during the opening ceremony of a cricket championship Shahrukh Khan said, “I will be really honest… I am someone who believes professionalizing sports in this country is perhaps the most important aspect if I can any way get attached to it. I am happy that I am associated with it,” Shah Rukh told reporters at the opening ceremony of a cricket championship.

Khan said, “I personally won’t get time to play cricket so I don’t think I will be attached to anything else but if it requires me.. I think there are so many stars in CCL, I don’t think they need a smaller star like me.”

Another Indian film star Salman Khan was also cheering for Mumbai Heroes – the team owned by his brother Sohail Khan. He was the guest of honour at the opening ceremony of the third edition of Celebrity Cricket League (CCL).

In the meantime Shahrukh Khan insisted that sports is the greatest profession and one needs to create alternate professions for youstres in the country.

He said, “Sports is perhaps the greatest profession in this country. We hope with this, many more tournaments are created . This is just the beginning.”

Khan also added that he feels there is no combination like sports and women.

“You have to start somewhere and this is just the beginning slowly, it will spread to more places. Specifically if you ask me, then there is no combination like sports and women. I would be really happy if it went across and women participate in it,” he said.

The podium was shared by the Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid during the press conference.

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Afghanistan to Launch Football Website http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-to-launch-football-website http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-to-launch-football-website#comments Wed, 15 Dec 2010 06:58:26 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=1473 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan’s Football Federation announced on Tuesday that for the first time ever Afghan football will make a website to have names of national and international football players registered

Soon after the website named ‘Teams’ is launched, the Afghan football players all around the world and foreign players could be attracted and encouraged to register their names and specifications on the website, said Technical Deputy of Afghanistan’s Football Federation.

Launch of the website will be a significantly professional step taken towards a progress in football in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan’s Football Federation has sent an envoy to Malaysia and Sri Lanka in line with the work of the website which is estimated to be completed in two months time.

Yasin Mohammadi, Technical Deputy of Afghanistan’s Football Federation said: “The website is 50% ready and it will help the Afghan football improve. Football players from all over the world could get their names registered on the website to get in touch with Afghan teams.”

Afghan football players hailed this move of the federation and urged private companies and national traders to pay some more attention to promoting football in the country.

“This is a very good step forward. Afghan athletes no more depend just on one trainer for trainings. They try hard to get themselves to the level of professional football,” said an Afghan football player.

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Afghanistan Wins Intercontinental Cup http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-wins-intercontinental-cup http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-wins-intercontinental-cup#comments Mon, 06 Dec 2010 06:44:29 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=1229 Read the full article...]]> The Afghan National Cricket Team has won Intercontinental Championships after two years

In the final round of the matches, the Afghan Cricket Team defeated Scotland, winning the Intercontinental Championships.

The Intercontinental Championships of cricket had been going on for the last two years in the United Arab Emirates in Dubai.

Afghanistan’s Cricket Team had previously won over cricket teams from Holland, Ireland, Canada, and Kenya.

In the final competitions which continued for four days, Scotland set a target of 295 runs for Afghanistan.

Afghanistan did the runs successfully winning the championships.

The Afghan President Hamid Karzai, during a press conference today, expressed joy at the news and hoped that the team would win international championships one day.

“I am happy to hear that our cricket team has defeated Scotland and won the championships. I hope they will win international championships one day,” said Mr Karzai.

The Afghan cricket team won the Intercontinental Championships a week after it won the second rank in the 16th round of Asian Championships in China

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Zigic puts Birmingham into semis http://www.khaama.com/zigic-puts-birmingham-into-semis http://www.khaama.com/zigic-puts-birmingham-into-semis#comments Thu, 02 Dec 2010 04:53:28 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=1196 Read the full article...]]> By Phil McNulty
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 Nikola Zigic’s late winner sent Birmingham City into the Carling Cup semi-finals at the expense of arch-rivals Aston Villa at St Andrew’s, a victory marred by ugly scenes between opposing fans after a mass pitch invasion at the final whistle.

Giant Serbian Zigic, who had struggled to make an impression and was becoming a target for the home fans’ frustration, was suddenly transformed into the hero with only six minutes left.

Zigic bundled home Cameron Jerome’s cross from close range, via a deflection off Luke Young, to settle a fiercely contested derby.

Sebastian Larsson gave Birmingham an early lead from the penalty spot after Richard Dunne had fouled Lee Bowyer, but Gabriel Agbonlahor grabbed a deserved equaliser for Villa before the interval.

Zigic thought he had extended the hosts’ advantage before Agbonlahor’s strike when his shot squirmed away from Villa keeper Brad Friedel – but as he claimed the ball had crossed the line a flag went up for offside.

Villa were the better side for long periods, but they failed to apply any sustained pressure on Blues keeper Ben Foster and paid the price for their lack of cutting edge as Zigic struck the decisive blow to set up a two-legged semi-final clash with West Ham.

Gerard Houllier’s side will feel hard done by after controlling so much of the game, but all their promising approach play amounted to few clear-cut chances and it is Alex McLeish’s side who have moved a step closer to only the second major trophy in their history, having won the League Cup against Villa in 1963.

Sadly, thousands of Birmingham supporters chose to celebrate the win by charging the length of the field to taunt their Villa counterparts, sparking a predictably angry reaction, with police forced to move in as flares were thrown.

It was an unsavoury end to what had been a pulsating encounter, denying the home side’s players the chance to celebrate their triumph as they and the Villa players hurried off the pitch.

Villa were able to recall Agbonlahor after he missed Saturday’s defeat against Arsenal through illness – and he played a central role in an evenly contested first 45 minutes.

Birmingham went ahead with their first serious venture into Villa territory, Bowyer tempting Dunne into a clumsy collision that left referee Chris Foy with an easy decision to point to the spot. Larsson completed the punishment for Villa and Dunne as he sent Friedel the wrong way with his penalty.

Despite Villa enjoying the majority of possession, it was the hosts who thought they had increased their lead in the 29th minute when Zigic’s shot squirmed out of Friedel’s grasp on the line. As Birmingham players claimed a goal, the linesman’s flag was raised for offside, presumably against Liam Ridgewell, who was lurking behind Friedel.

If the Blues were nursing a sense of injustice, it was only increased moments later when the visitors drew level, Agbonlahor scoring with a right-foot finish on the turn after he was played in by Jonathan Hogg.

Jerome then wasted a glaring opportunity to restore Birmingham’s advantage when he ran through with only Friedel to beat, but he watched in frustration as his effort drifted inches wide.

Villa continued to hold sway after the break, but with no clear chances being created, Houllier and McLeish decided to make changes. Birmingham replaced Bowyer with Craig Gardner, while Stephen Ireland replaced the tiring Barry Bannan for the visitors.

The home support were venting their frustration as they struggled to exert any authority on Villa, but Gardner gave them hope with a long-range drive that flew narrowly off target.

Ireland then had his own opportunity to make an impact when Birmingham were undone by Agbonlahor’s pace, but his shot was saved by Foster, who recovered to deny Ashley Young as he waited to pounce on the rebound.

And as time ran out, McLeish’s side hit their city rivals with a sucker punch as Zigic, who had struggled throughout the match, turned Jerome’s cross tantalisingly out of the reach of Friedel with the help of a deflection off Luke Young.

Villa pressed in vain, and the conclusion of the game was scarred by the mindless behaviour of the supporters who raced on to the pitch at the final whistle to take the gloss off what was a landmark win.

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Afghanistan upset Pakistan to reach final http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-upset-pakistan-to-reach-final http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-upset-pakistan-to-reach-final#comments Thu, 25 Nov 2010 07:39:11 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=1049 Read the full article...]]> Afghanistan stunned a second-string Pakistan in the semi-finals of the Asian Games in Guangzhou to continue their fairytale run in cricket over the past two years. This victory assures them of at least a silver, boosting the medals tally of a nation which has only two medals – both in taekwondo – in the Asian Games.

 It’s been a low-scoring tournament so far, and Afghanistan’s 125, after being sent in, was a competitive total. Eighteen-year-old Shabir Noori top scored with 35 to revive Afghanistan after they had slid to 55 for 4, but another bunch of wickets towards the end prevented a big final push.

 Pakistan’s opening pair, Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif, began the chase in a hurry, racing to 30 off three overs, seemingly setting the platform for a straightforward victory. Sharjeel then fell lbw to Mirwaiz Ashraf for 23, but Latif guided Pakistan to 60 for 1. There was a heated exchange between Latif and Afghanistan wicketkeeper Mohammad Shahzad, which needed the umpires to intervene. Latif was then dismissed lbw, and Naeemuddin Qazi was run out soon after, and two wickets in an over from offspinner Karim Sadiq left Pakistan at 68 for 5.

 With the asking-rate mounting, the Pakistan lower-order was unable to find the boundary and Afghanistan completed a famous upset.

 “It’s a big win for Afghanistan,” their captain Mohammad Nabi said. “Every person there is watching the match and everybody is happy about this win. I’m very satisfied because we have fantastic fitness levels and the boys have worked very hard in every position, whether it’s fielding, bowling or batting. “

 The vice-captain, Karim Sadeq, said the whole the country was behind the team. “On TV last night in Afghanistan, they told people to pray that we would win,” he said. “Tonight they will be celebrating all over the country. It’s a dream for us.”

 On Friday, Afghanistan will take on the winner of the other semi-final between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the clash for the gold medal.

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25 November 2010 (20-over match)

               
  Afghanistan innings (20 overs maximum) R B 4s 6s SR  
  Mohammad Shahzad c Naeemuddin b Raza Hasan 17 26 2 0 65.38  
   
  Karim Sadiq c Khalid Latif b Mohammad Irshad 19 22 2 1 86.36  
   
  Mirwais Ashraf run out (Azeem Ghumman) 1 4 0 0 25.00  
   
  Shabir Noori c Jalat Khan b Mohammad Irshad 35 30 2 2 116.66  
   
  Nawroz Mangal c †Naeem Anjum b Raza Hasan 10 11 2 0 90.90  
   
  Asghar Stanikzai c Khalid Latif b Lal Kumar 10 12 1 0 83.33  
   
  Mohammad Nabi* c Jalat Khan b Lal Kumar 7 5 0 1 140.00  
   
  Shafiqullah lbw b Aizaz Cheema 6 6 0 1 100.00  
   
  Samiullah Shenwari not out 3 5 0 0 60.00  
   
  Hamid Hassan not out 2 1 0 0 200.00  
   
  Extras (b 1, lb 3, w 9, nb 2) 15          
             
  Total (8 wickets; 20 overs) 125 (6.25 runs per over)

 

Did not bat Shapoor Zadran

 

Fall of wickets1-35 (Karim Sadiq), 2-38 (Mirwais Ashraf), 3-45 (Mohammad Shahzad), 4-55 (Nawroz Mangal), 5-101 (Asghar Stanikzai), 6-104 (Shabir Noori), 7-111 (Mohammad Nabi), 8-123 (Shafiqullah)

 

                 
  Bowling O M R W Econ    
  Raza Hasan 4 0 19 2 4.75    
   
  Jalat Khan 4 0 27 0 6.75    
   
  Aizaz Cheema 4 0 26 1 6.50    
   
  Mohammad Irshad 4 0 25 2 6.25    
   
  Lal Kumar 4 0 24 2 6.00    
   

 

               
  Pakistan innings (target: 126 runs from 20 overs) R B 4s 6s SR  
  Sharjeel Khan lbw b Mirwais Ashraf 23 16 4 1 143.75  
   
  Khalid Latif* lbw b Mohammad Nabi 26 32 3 0 81.25  
   
  Azeem Ghumman lbw b Karim Sadiq 11 25 1 0 44.00  
   
  Naeemuddin run out (Shafiqullah) 0 1 0 0 0.00  
   
  Sheharyar Ghani c Shabir Noori b Karim Sadiq 3 8 0 0 37.50  
   
  Naeem Anjum c Shabir Noori b Hamid Hassan 5 11 0 0 45.45  
   
  Lal Kumar not out 18 15 1 0 120.00  
   
  Jalat Khan c Nawroz Mangal b Hamid Hassan 9 8 1 0 112.50  
   
  Mohammad Irshad not out 3 4 0 0 75.00  
   
  Extras (lb 4, nb 1) 5          
             
  Total (7 wickets; 20 overs) 103 (5.15 runs per over)

 

Did not bat Raza Hasan,Aizaz Cheema

 

Fall of wickets1-31 (Sharjeel Khan), 2-60 (Khalid Latif), 3-60 (Naeemuddin), 4-68 (Sheharyar Ghani), 5-68 (Azeem Ghumman), 6-77 (Naeem Anjum), 7-98 (Jalat Khan)

 

                 
  Bowling O M R W Econ    
  Shapoor Zadran 2 0 21 0 10.50    
   
  Samiullah Shenwari 2 1 3 0 1.50    
   
  Karim Sadiq 4 0 17 2 4.25    
   
  Mirwais Ashraf 4 0 20 1 5.00    
   
  Mohammad Nabi 4 0 22 1 5.50    
   
  Hamid Hassan 4 0 16 2 4.00    

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Afghan Cricket Team Defeats Honk Kong http://www.khaama.com/afghan-cricket-team-defeats-honk-kong http://www.khaama.com/afghan-cricket-team-defeats-honk-kong#comments Thu, 25 Nov 2010 04:11:55 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=1040 Read the full article...]]> The Afghan Cricket Team defeated Honk Kong, finding its way to the semi-final round of the Asiam championships

In the matches that took place on Wednesday, Honk Kong team started the game with 17 overs losing all its cricketers, setting a target of 63 runs for The Afghan team.

The Afghan national cricket team, losing two cricketers, successfully accomplished the set target in 14 overs, leading to the defeat of the Honk Kong team.

Tomorrow, the Afghan cricket team is to face Pakistan’s national cricket team.

Cricket is a new game with less popularity in Afghanistan which has attracted the country’s youths recently.

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Afghan Jujitsu Athletes Compete for National Team http://www.khaama.com/afghan-jujitsu-athletes-compete-for-national-team http://www.khaama.com/afghan-jujitsu-athletes-compete-for-national-team#comments Fri, 12 Nov 2010 09:07:29 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=960 Read the full article...]]> Afghan Jujitsu athletes started their competing games on Thursday to enter the Afghan national Jujitsu team

The competitions that have started with the participation of more than 100 players from Kabul and 6 other provinces of Afghanistan in the sports stadium of the National Olympics Committee, will last for two days.

At the end of these competitions that are held among youths and adults, 60 best players will be chosen for the Afghan national Jujitsu team.

Meanwhile, the Afghan national tennis team started its games in the National Olympics Committee.

The competitions that have started with the participation of 60 teams from Kabul and 3 other provinces of Afghanistan, will last for 10 days.

The Tennis Federation announced that 27 best tennis players will enter the tennis national team of Afghanistan after the final matches.

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Fernando Alonso favourite for title insists Mark Webber http://www.khaama.com/fernando-alonso-favourite-for-title-insists-mark-webber http://www.khaama.com/fernando-alonso-favourite-for-title-insists-mark-webber#comments Thu, 11 Nov 2010 14:02:16 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=918 Read the full article...]]> (BBC) – Red Bull’s Mark Webber insists Fernando Alonso is best-placed to win the 2010 drivers’ world championship in Sunday’s final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.

Ferrari’s Alonso leads Webber by eight points, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel by 15 and McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton by 24 with 25 points available for the win.

But the Red Bull is the fastest car and their drivers are expected to occupy the front of the grid after qualifying.

“Fernando is in the best position but I am looking forward to it,” said Webber.

“I’ll initially be disappointed if it doesn’t happen but there have still been some positives this year.”

Alonso, who joined Ferrari at the start of this campaign from Renault, remained coy about his chances of winning a third drivers’ world championship, claiming that he has just been happy with how the season has panned out.

“We do not have the cornering speed of Red Bull nor the straight-line speed of McLaren but that has been the story of the season so far for us,” said the Spaniard. “But generally we are competitive overall.

“You feel sad if you lose in the last moment but in my case I will not have anything to be disappointed about in 2010.

“The last two years I was fighting to be in Q3 most of the time.

“Ferrari had a tough year in 2009 as well so the first year of our relationship we have put ourselves back in the championship in the last race against two Red Bulls who have dominated this season in terms of the speed. So overall it doesn’t matter what happens on Sunday as I have some great memories.

“Arriving to this point we can only depend on ourselves to win the championship. There is not anything we can do other than to finish first or second in the race. That is our goal.

“I will not lose even a second of energy thinking of what will happen on Sunday.”

Vettel believes his team-mate and Alonso are likely to contest the title but repeated the hint he gave after winning in Brazil on Sunday that he might help the Australian if he cannot win the crown himself.

“The favourites going into this weekend are Mark and Fernando but it depends where those two guys are,” said the German.

“I’m in a similar situation to Lewis [Hamilton]. Some years ago, F1 drivers had no tactics and the only tactic was to go flat out and my approach will not change here.”

And on team orders coming into play, he added: “I said last Sunday, if we found ourselves in that position we’ll see on Sunday.

“It’s pretty clear, there are more important things happening before we enter this stage.

“There are more important things to focus our energy on. If the situation occurs then I think we know that we are driving for the team.”

Hamilton readily admits that his chances of winning are slim.

The McLaren driver would need to win the race and hope that Alonso failed to pick up a point, while Webber finished no higher than sixth and Vettel third.

“I have nothing to lose,” said the 2009 world champion. “It is the guys in front of me have everything to lose and I’m going to be flat out as always.

“They have generally faster cars than me but it does not mean that we can’t fight for the win and obviously I have to win this race.

“We have a good engine, good downforce and we are generally quite quick on the straights and there’s quite a few good straights here. Overtaking is definitely not impossible.

“It would be less disappointing for me [if I didn’t win the championship] as I’m so far back.

“We’ve had an interesting year and I’m happy to be here still fighting for the championship, although there’s a relatively small chance of winning it.”

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Sixteen cricket players, including girls from 6 provinces of the country are practising in this training centre. The coaches will get licences and three best players will be sent to Britain after the trainings.

This is the first time that British cricket coaches are training Afghan cricket players in a four-day training programme.

“We are holding these training seminars for 16 players of whom 8 are girls and they have come from 6 provinces,” Rayees Ahmadzai, the former captain of the Afghan national cricket team told TOLOnews reporter.

“The training we are giving to the young people in Kabul is called street 20 cricket. It is a basic cricket game which is common among young people. What we have done for the young people here in Kabul is we have taught them how we deliver it so that they can become coaches and deliver it to thousands of young people around Afghanistan,” Adam Hoo, the coach of British cricket team told TOLOnews.

Meanwhile, William Petty, the British ambassador to Kabul said he is happy that his country is helping cricket teams in Afghanistan.

“I am proudly wearing my Afghan cricket shirt today just to show my support for Afghan cricket. I think given the start they have in the few years, I expect Afghanistan to be one of the top cricket nations before very long and I think with a bit of help and a bit of support to develop young cricketers, Afghanistan should be playing England one day,” Mr Petty told TOLOnews.
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Exercise ‘can prevent a cold’, a study shows http://www.khaama.com/exercise-can-prevent-a-cold-a-study-shows http://www.khaama.com/exercise-can-prevent-a-cold-a-study-shows#comments Tue, 02 Nov 2010 04:11:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=482 Read the full article...]]> By Michelle Roberts
 Health reporter, BBC News

 People who exercise regularly are less likely to get a cold, researchers say.

A study of 1,000 people found that staying active nearly halved the odds of catching cold viruses and, failing that, made the infection less severe.

Experts told the British Journal of Sports Medicine that this could be because exercise helps bolster the immune system to fight off bugs.

But you may not have to actually do much exercise – those who merely think they are fit enjoy the same lower risk.

Adults can expect to suffer two to five colds per year. This latest research suggests there are lifestyle choices you can make to improve your odds of either avoiding them, or suffering too badly from them.

For their study, US researchers asked the healthy volunteers to keep a record of any coughs and sniffles they experienced over a three-month period during the autumn and winter.

The volunteers were also asked to say how frequently in any given week they would do exercise lasting at least 20 minutes and intensive enough to break a sweat.

And they were questioned about lifestyle, diet and recent stressful events, as these can all affect a person’s immune system.

Being older, male and married seemed to reduce the frequency of colds, as did eating plenty of fruit.

But the most significant factors that cut colds was how much exercise a person did and how fit they perceived themselves to be.

Feeling fit and being active cut the risk of having a cold by nearly 50%.

People who were physically active on five or more days of the week were unwell with a cold for about five days of the three-month period, compared to nine days for those who did little or no exercise.

And even when they were ill, they suffered less with their symptoms.

The severity of symptoms fell by 41% among those who felt the fittest and by 31% among those who were the most active.

Lead researcher Dr David Nieman and his team, from Appalachian State University in North Carolina, say bouts of exercise spark a temporary rise in immune system cells circulating around the body that can attack foreign invaders.

Although these levels fall back within a few hours, each session is likely to provide an immune boost to fight off infections like the common cold.

Professor Steve Field, chairman of the Royal College of General Practitioners, said: “This is yet more evidence for doing exercise. It reflects what we have believed for some time.

“Exercise makes us feel better and now here’s more evidence that it is

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Facebook celebrity game borrows from fantasy sports http://www.khaama.com/facebook-celebrity-game-borrows-from-fantasy-sports http://www.khaama.com/facebook-celebrity-game-borrows-from-fantasy-sports#comments Thu, 28 Oct 2010 10:21:23 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=329 Read the full article...]]>  LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Your ability to predict whether a celebrity’s star power will rise or fall is about to come in handy.

Launching on Saturday is FanSwarm, a Hollywood version of fantasy sports for Facebook users. But in this case your team consists of a group of celebrities who score points based on what’s being said about them in tweets and on blogs.

Whether an actor scores a major role or freaks out in a hotel, it doesn’t much matter, because players are scoring points whenever news is generated.

“We use an algorithm that reads the heat of the social graph to figure out if a celebrity is hot or not,” said Doug Levin, president and CEO of nascent developer Ayeah Games. “You can gain points by betting on Charlie Sheen’s and Lindsay Lohan’s crazy careers.”

It’s not limited to actors, either. At launch, FanSwarm’s data base will have about 2,000 names from which to choose including Sarah Palin, Bill O’Reilly and President Barack Obama.

FanSwarm users will compete to become king or queen of the entire userbase: the “Swarm.” Additionally, they can build teams or leagues and compete on a smaller scale.

Players also earn points by playing mini games like TV trivia and by nominating new celebrities that are accepted into the data base.

FanSwarm will aggregate news content around the celebrities and encourage commentary.

Players choose a group of celebrities and put them into 20 different “scenes,” the selection of which also increases or decreases points. Putting Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in the “beach” scene is a wise move, for example, but not if Jennifer Aniston also is there.

Levin said he got the idea for FanSwarm when he was disappointed that George Clooney didn’t win an Oscar this year for “Up in the Air,” but he had nowhere to go online and vent. And he knew he was on to something when he observed women reacting to Sandra Bullock’s marital problems with Jesse James.

“The environment is a highly structured way for people to express themselves, and we encourage user-generated content,” Levin said. “Leave a comment, get points, play with friends, map out your predictions about celebrities. Our research says people are interested in these ideas.”

Levin has raised one round of angel funding for the company and next month begins raising venture capital. The business model includes micropayments for virtual goodies, and he intends on selling data to PR executives, talent management and anyone else interested in the blogosphere’s opinion of a celebrity.

In 2002, Levin founded Black Duck Software, a company backed by Intel, SAP and Red Hat; he stepped down as CEO last year. He is a consultant to several tech companies in Massachusetts, where Ayeah is based, and he is a former CEO of MessageMachines and X-Collaboration Software.

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Real Madrid 2-0 AC Milan http://www.khaama.com/real-madrid-2-0-ac-milan http://www.khaama.com/real-madrid-2-0-ac-milan#comments Wed, 20 Oct 2010 04:33:19 +0000 http://www.khushnood.org/?p=72 Read the full article...]]> By Jonathan Stevenson

 Real Madrid took another step towards the last 16 of the Champions League with a comfortable Group G victory against AC Milan at the Bernabeu.

The hosts went ahead when Cristiano Ronaldo’s free-kick sneaked through the wall and it was 2-0 when Mesut Ozil’s shot deflected in off Daniele Bonera.

Andrea Pirlo’s free-kick struck the bar and Clarence Seedorf blazed over for Milan but they were easily second best.

Angel di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain both wasted chances as Real cruised home.

The three points take Real five clear of both Milan and Ajax and victory in the San Siro in two weeks’ time will guarantee a knockout berth for Jose Mourinho’s men.

   

“It was a fantastic performance and I can only say congratulations to my players and hope the Real fans are happy with what they saw,” said a delighted Mourinho.

“We have nine points but of course we want to be first in the group and to achieve that we have to continue winning matches.”

With 16 European Cup trophies between them it was a genuine clash between two heavyweights of the game as the competition’s two most successful teams went head-to-head.

But nine-time champions Real were the dominant force throughout at the Santiago Bernabeu as they produced an accomplished display, with Cristiano Ronaldo at the creative heart of their attacking excellence.

They already look a more disciplined side under Mourinho but they have lost none of their menace in the final third of the pitch as they threatened to carve Milan open almost at will.

After the wasteful Di Maria fired over, two goals in two minutes just before the quarter-hour mark earned Real the advantage their dominance deserved and gave Milan a mountain to climb.

Firstly Alexandre Pato conceded a needless free-kick on the edge of his own box and as the Milan wall parted inexplicably, Ronaldo drove the ball mercilessly through the gap and into the net.

Sixty-five seconds later it was 2-0 as Ronaldo scampered down the left and crossed for Ozil, who saw his volley into the floor loop in via the shoulder of the unfortunate Bonera.

 

Higuain headed over as Real poured all over the visitors, before Milan gave an all-too-brief exhibition of the class they undoubtedly possess.

Pirlo’s brilliantly dipping free-kick brought a superb save from Iker Casillas, who touched it on to the bar, before Ronaldinho – otherwise desperately disappointing – flicked Seedorf into space inside the Real box only for the Dutchman to balloon haplessly over.

That apart it was all Real as Ronaldo continued to cause mayhem, with one electric break ending in a sizzling left-foot shot from outside the box that Marco Amelia had to push behind at full stretch.

Amelia, in for the injured Christian Abbiati, was being given a thorough workout on his Milan debut and he saved well twice from Di Maria, while Higuain planted a presentable header into his grateful arms from six yards.

Milan hauled off Ronaldinho with 20 minutes left and sent on ex-Real forward Robinho, but save for one shot that Casillas adeptly turned behind the Brazilian could not haul his team back into it and his old employers are now in pole position in the group.

Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri admitted they had been second best: “We had goalscoring chances but you have to do more than we did to hurt Real Madrid.

“The first quarter of an hour was crucial. They scored two goals and we didn’t know what to do.”


Real Madrid: Casillas, Arbeloa, Pepe, Carvalho, Marcelo, Alonso, Khedira, Ozil (Lassana Diarra 82), Di Maria (Granero 87), Ronaldo, Higuain (Benzema 89).
Subs Not Used: Dudek, Mahamadou Diarra, Albiol, Pedro Leon.

Booked: Di Maria.

Goals: Ronaldo 13, Ozil 14.

AC Milan: Amelia, Zambrotta, Nesta, Bonera, Antonini, Gattuso (Boateng 59), Pirlo, Seedorf, Alexandre Pato (Inzaghi 78), Ibrahimovic, Ronaldinho (Robinho 72).
Subs Not Used: Roma, Papastathopoulos, Flamini, Abate.

Booked: Bonera, Boateng, Antonini.

Att: 72,000.

Ref: Pedro Proenca (Portugal).

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