Khaama Press (KP) | Afghan News Agency » Sport http://www.khaama.com The largest news and information source in Afghanistan Sun, 20 Apr 2014 13:58:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Afghanistan Welcomes New Pathway to Test Cricket http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-welcomes-new-pathway-to-test-cricket-6003 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-welcomes-new-pathway-to-test-cricket-6003#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:29:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33687 Afghanistan Welcomes New Pathway to Test Cricket
Last week the ICC Board made a decision which could see Afghanistan and other Associate Members playing Test Cricket in 2018. The ICC Board approved the introduction of an ICC Test Challenge which will take place every four years between the lowest ranked Test team and the winner of the ICC Intercontinental Cup. . ACB Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan Welcomes New Pathway to Test Cricket

Last week the ICC Board made a decision which could see Afghanistan and other Associate Members playing Test Cricket in 2018.

The ICC Board approved the introduction of an ICC Test Challenge which will take place every four years between the lowest ranked Test team and the winner of the ICC Intercontinental Cup.
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ACB Chief Executive Officer, Dr Noor Mohammad Murad, said: “This decision opens the door for Afghanistan and other Associate Members to qualify to play Test cricket. We are tremendously grateful to the ICC for opening this new pathway.”

“There is no doubt that the only way for countries like Afghanistan to reach Test Cricket standard is by actually playing that format against Full Members,” he added, “We will be working very hard to ensure that we win the Intercontinental Cup in 2017 and play our first Test Cricket in 2018.”

The proposal is that the 10th ranked side on the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings on 31 December 2017, or at the conclusion of any series in progress at that time, will play two five-day matches at home and two five-day matches away against the winner of the upcoming ICC Intercontinental Cup, with the inaugural Challenge scheduled to take place during 2018.

In the next eight years, two ICC Intercontinental Cup tournaments are planned with the first to run from 2015 to 2017 and the second to be held between 2019 and 2021. The second ICC Test Challenge is scheduled for 2022.

South Africa has recently topped the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings followed by Australia, India, England, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, West Indies, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh is the 10th ranked team.

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Afghanistan-Kyrgyzstan friendly football match ends in draw http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-kyrgyzstan-friendly-football-match-ends-in-draw-2994 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-kyrgyzstan-friendly-football-match-ends-in-draw-2994#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 17:17:19 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33560 Afghanistan-Kyrgyzstan friendly football match ends in draw
The friendly match between Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan national football teams ended in draw after the two teams failed to hit a goal. The Afghanistan football team missed a penalty hit during the first half of the game which was kicked by Faisal Shaista. Afghan footballers started an aggressive in the second half of the game Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan-Kyrgyzstan friendly football match ends in draw

The friendly match between Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan national football teams ended in draw after the two teams failed to hit a goal.

The Afghanistan football team missed a penalty hit during the first half of the game which was kicked by Faisal Shaista.

Afghan footballers started an aggressive in the second half of the game and missed a number of opportunities to hit a goal.

The friendly match was held at the Al-Shahab Stadium in Dubai on Sunday evening which was attended dozens of Afghans based in UAE.

Afghanistan has defeated Kyrgyzstan two times in the past. The first match between Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan was played in 2003 and the second match was played in 2008 which were both won by Afghanistan football team.

The Afghanistan football team is expected to face Tajikistan in the coming days. Afghanistan will also participate in AFC Challenge Cup which will be held from 19 to 30 May 2014.

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Afghan cricketers to train in Pakistan for World Cup 2015 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-cricketers-to-train-in-pakistan-for-world-cup-2015-2988 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-cricketers-to-train-in-pakistan-for-world-cup-2015-2988#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:15:25 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33487 Afghan cricketers to train in Pakistan for World Cup 2015
Pakistan’s two former international captains will train the Afghanistan national cricket for their maiden World Cup appearance next year. The trainings will be conducted under the guidance of Aamir Sohail who will help the batsmen and Rashid Latif who will help the wicket-keepers. Sohail told AFP, “It will definitely be fun to coach the exciting Read the full article...]]>
Afghan cricketers to train in Pakistan for World Cup 2015

Pakistan’s two former international captains will train the Afghanistan national cricket for their maiden World Cup appearance next year.

The trainings will be conducted under the guidance of Aamir Sohail who will help the batsmen and Rashid Latif who will help the wicket-keepers.

Sohail told AFP, “It will definitely be fun to coach the exciting players from Afghanistan and I will try to make them competitive enough to play against world’s best teams next year.”

Afghan cricket team will appear in ICC World Cup which is due to be organized in New Zealand and Australia in 2015.

“We have a full year of events starting with the Asian Cricket Council Trophy next month and the excitement will reach the highest point with the World Cup, and we have planned a two-week camp in Karachi from April 15,” Kabir Khan quoted by AFP said.

Afghanistan will play in Group of World Cup 2015 alongside Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, Bangladesh, England and Sri Lanka.

Afghanistan will face Bangladesh in its opening match in ICC World Cup 2015. Afghanistan has featured in three World Twenty20 (2010, 2012 and 2014) tournaments.

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Ex-Pakistani cricket captain joins Afghan team as short time batting coach http://www.khaama.com/ex-pakistani-cricket-captain-joins-afghan-team-as-short-time-batting-coach-3549 http://www.khaama.com/ex-pakistani-cricket-captain-joins-afghan-team-as-short-time-batting-coach-3549#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 08:35:56 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33430 Ex-Pakistani cricket captain joins Afghan team as short time batting coach
The former Pakistani cricket captain Aamer Sohail has joined the Afghanistan cricket team as short time batting coach. The Afghan Cricket Board (ACB) said Wednesday that Aamer Sohail will join the Afghan cricketers in a training camp in Pakistan. ACB officials said the training camp in Pakistan has been arranged for the Afghan cricketers to Read the full article...]]>
Ex-Pakistani cricket captain joins Afghan team as short time batting coach

The former Pakistani cricket captain Aamer Sohail has joined the Afghanistan cricket team as short time batting coach.

The Afghan Cricket Board (ACB) said Wednesday that Aamer Sohail will join the Afghan cricketers in a training camp in Pakistan.

ACB officials said the training camp in Pakistan has been arranged for the Afghan cricketers to prepare for ACC Premier League.

Aamer Sohail is a former professional Pakistani cricketer who has played 156 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and 47 Test matches.

Sohail will assist the Afghan batsmen to improve their performance.

The Afghan Cricket Board Chief Executive, Dr. Noor Mohammad Murad said Aamer Sohail is an experienced former Pakistani cricketer and he has been appointed on shot time basis to improve the batting line of the Afghan team.

Mr. Murad further added that negotiations have been made to appoint another coach for the Afghan team, however no final decision has been taken so far due to security issues.

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Afghanistan cricket board announces squad for ACC Premier League http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-board-announces-squad-for-acc-premier-league-3541 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-board-announces-squad-for-acc-premier-league-3541#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 06:45:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33392 Afghanistan cricket board announces squad for ACC Premier League
The Afghanistan cricket board (ACB) on Monday announced the squad for the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Premier League. Afghanistan is among the six Asian countries which will contest in ACC Premier League, scheduled for May 1-7 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Nepal, United Arab Emirates, host Malaysia, Hong Kong and Oman are participating in the first Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan cricket board announces squad for ACC Premier League

The Afghanistan cricket board (ACB) on Monday announced the squad for the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Premier League.

Afghanistan is among the six Asian countries which will contest in ACC Premier League, scheduled for May 1-7 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Nepal, United Arab Emirates, host Malaysia, Hong Kong and Oman are participating in the first edition of the tournament.

The tournament will be played in the ODI format and four top teams will qualify for the ACC Championship

The Afghanistan squad includes Mohammad Nabi Eisakhil, Nawroz Mangal, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Mohammad Asghar Stanikzai, Najibullah Tarakai, Samiullah Shinwari, Afsar Khan Zazai, Nasir Jamal Ahmadzai, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Mohammad Javid Ahmadi, Shapoor Zadran, Aftab Alam, Fazal Rehman Niazai, Amir Hamza Hotak, Sharafuddin Ashraf, YHamin Ahmadzai, Merwais AShraf, Rehmat Shah Zurmatai and Noor Ali Zadran.

The Afghanistan cricket board (ACC) chief executive, Dr. Noor Mohammad Murad said the Afghan team is well prepared for the contest.

He said the Afghan players will have a good performance against the rival teams and hopefully will bring the ACC trophy to Afghanistan.

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International Cricket Council congratulates Afghanistan on Laureus award win http://www.khaama.com/international-cricket-council-congratulates-afghanistan-on-laureus-award-win-3488 http://www.khaama.com/international-cricket-council-congratulates-afghanistan-on-laureus-award-win-3488#comments Sat, 29 Mar 2014 05:30:57 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33028 International Cricket Council congratulates Afghanistan on Laureus award win
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has congratulated the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on winning the Laureus Sports Award in the ‘Spirit of sport’ category. ICC chief executive David Richardson said following a statement said, “We have been aware of the inspiring rise of cricket in Afghanistan for some time, however, by receiving this prestigious award Read the full article...]]>
International Cricket Council congratulates Afghanistan on Laureus award win

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has congratulated the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) on winning the Laureus Sports Award in the ‘Spirit of sport’ category.

ICC chief executive David Richardson said following a statement said, “We have been aware of the inspiring rise of cricket in Afghanistan for some time, however, by receiving this prestigious award it is clear that the wider international sports community has now also recognized the significant, positive influence cricket is having in Afghanistan.”

The 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.

Afghanistan Cricket Board Chief Executive Officer, Dr Noor Mohammad Murad said “We are very proud to receive Spirit of Sport Award. 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,” Dr. Noor said.

He also added, “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,” Dr. said.

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.

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Afghanistan football announces squad for Kyrgyzstan friendly match http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-football-announces-squad-for-kyrgyzstan-friendly-match-2925 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-football-announces-squad-for-kyrgyzstan-friendly-match-2925#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 07:20:58 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=33007 Afghanistan football announces squad for Kyrgyzstan friendly match
The Afghanistan football federation on Thursday announced the squad for friendly football match against Kyrgyzstan.  Afghanistan football coach Mohammad Yousuf Kargar announced the names of 23 players from the Afghan side who will play in friendly match against Kyrgyzstan.  The list includes names of six new comers in Afghanistan national football team, which includes Fayaz Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan football announces squad for Kyrgyzstan friendly match

The Afghanistan football federation on Thursday announced the squad for friendly football match against Kyrgyzstan.

 Afghanistan football coach Mohammad Yousuf Kargar announced the names of 23 players from the Afghan side who will play in friendly match against Kyrgyzstan.

 The list includes names of six new comers in Afghanistan national football team, which includes Fayaz Azimi, Mohammad Mohammadi, Masoud Hashimi, Hamid Sadid, Faisal Shaista and Ahmad Zamir Daudi.

Erich Rutemöller, the German football coach and retired footballer, who became manager of Afghanistan national football team, for the first time appears as assistant in friendly match against Kyrgyzstan.

 The squad announced by Afghanistan football federation is as following:

 Goalkeepers:

  1. Hamidullah Yousufzai
  2. Mansoor Faqiryar

 Defenders:

  1. Farzad Atayee
  2. Muqadar Qazizada
  3. Mujtaba Faiz
  4. Jalaluddin Sharihatyar
  5. Zamir Daudi
  6. Masoud Hashimi
  7. Islamuddin Amiri
  8. Mustafa Hadid

 Midline:

  1. Rafi Barekzai
  2. Maruf Hamidi
  3. Amiruddin Sharifi
  4. Mohammad Mohammadi
  5. Fayaz Azizi
  6. Mohammad Yousuf Mashraqi
  7. Ahmad Arash Hatifi
  8. Mustafa Azadzoi

 Offense Line:

  1. Hashmatullah Barekzai
  2. Sanjar Ahmadi
  3. Bilal Arzoo
  4. Hamid Sadid
  5. Faiz Shaista

Mohammad Yousuf Kargar is as head coach, Erich Rutemöller as the coach, Mohammad Farid Molayi as supervisor, Ali Askar Lali as technical manager and Bahram Sediqi as team doctor.

Afghanistan football federation officials have said that the exact time and venue of the friendly match will be announced soon.

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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 Afghanistan cricket wins Laureus Spirit of Sport award
The 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, Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan cricket wins Laureus Spirit of Sport award

The 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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Lack of Success in World T20 – but Plenty to make Afghans Proud http://www.khaama.com/lack-of-success-in-world-t20-but-plenty-to-make-afghans-proud-3459 http://www.khaama.com/lack-of-success-in-world-t20-but-plenty-to-make-afghans-proud-3459#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 04:50:46 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=32852 Lack of Success in World T20 – but Plenty to make Afghans Proud
“Afghan cricket fans have plenty to be proud of regardless of the lack of success in the ICC World T20 Cup 2014,” Dr Noor Mohammad Murad, CEO of the Afghanistan Cricket Board said today, “whilst obviously being disappointed with our performance, we are also aware that we have plenty of achievements to make us proud.” Read the full article...]]>
Lack of Success in World T20 – but Plenty to make Afghans Proud

“Afghan cricket fans have plenty to be proud of regardless of the lack of success in the ICC World T20 Cup 2014,” Dr Noor Mohammad Murad, CEO of the Afghanistan Cricket Board said today, “whilst obviously being disappointed with our performance, we are also aware that we have plenty of achievements to make us proud.”

The past year has been pivotal in the development of Afghanistan cricket and the impact of the game, both locally and internationally, is huge.  Fourteen years of commitment to cricket from Afghanistan Cricket Board players and officials are bearing fruit in a very visible way.

The development of cricket in Afghanistan is remarkable for two reasons: Firstly, Afghanistan has achieved its high level of performance in a shorter period than any other country in the history of world cricket, including reaching the World Cup in only 14 years; and, secondly, because this has taken place in an environment of war and turmoil.

Afghanistan has had continuous instability for the past 35 years. It began with the Russian invasion in 1979 and continues today. Until the arrival of America and her allies in 2001, people outside of Afghanistan heard little of the sufferings of the ordinary Afghan people that had already been ongoing for 20 years. Since the American arrival, western media has taken an interest and portrayed a consistent picture of the horrors of war, violence, terrorism and corruption.

The roller coaster development of cricket and its national and international successes has caught the imagination of western media. Afghanistan cricket has had huge coverage internationally over recent months. The coverage is by far the biggest and most positive news coming out of the still-war-torn country. The dream-come-true story of the young cricketers growing up in Pakistan’s refugee camps and now playing international cricket has become legendary, if a little clichéd.

The impact of those stories, however, is not a cliché: Cricket is giving a new face to Afghanistan in the international community and is humanising the view the world has of the country and its people.

As millions watched Afghanistan battling against and defeating Bangladesh in the Asia Cup 2014 they did not think about war, terrorism or corruption. In the World T20 matches as well, people saw dedicated young Afghan players putting their hearts and souls into striving to compete at the international level.   

Television commentators during the tournament were clear in their perception that, despite defeats, the Afghanistan National Team is not far away from becoming a major competitor in global cricket.

The development of Afghan cricket is also having a significant impact at home.

“After those 35 years of seemingly endless turmoil, people still have a passionate love for their country but they are tired of war,” Dr Noor Mohammad Murad, CEO of the Afghanistan Cricket Board, said today, “around 75% of the population is under the age of 35, according to the United Nations. These young people have never experienced a peaceful Afghanistan in their lifetimes. They look with envy at other peaceful countries and some still wish they could escape to a better, more stable life.”  

“Cricket is stimulating long-needed national unity and pride within the country,” he added.

“Almost every family in Afghanistan has experienced death, injury or violence. All experience the stress and tension of wondering what the future holds. The vast majority of people are poor, lack education, employment and adequate health care.  This, along with the ongoing insurgency, means there is not a lot to smile or be happy about. Cricket is making people smile and giving them something to celebrate.”

10 Things Making Afghans Proud

  1. In June 2013, 12 years of commitment to cricket’s development saw the International Cricket Council elevating the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) from Affiliate to Associate Membership. The country had moved from almost no cricket to that membership in a shorter time frame than any other country in the history of the game.
     
  2. Late in 2013, the ACB began the construction of the new Afghanistan National Cricket Academy. This will become the focus of the technical skill development of the national players and will be a strong foundation for future developments. Early in 2014, the ACB secured the services of Australia coach, Peter Anderson, to head the new academy. Over the past two years he has led Papua New Guinea to some inspiring successes.
     
  3. In July, the ACB signed a memorandum of understanding with the Afghanistan Ministry of Education that will see cricket introduced in to the curriculum of all schools across the country. This will have momentous effects upon the development of the game in Afghanistan in coming years.

    National Team

    Over the past twelve months, the National Team has been in the news.

  4. The National Team won 26 of its 28 matches against other Associate and Affiliate members, excluding the matches against Ireland who remain Afghanistan’s chief nemesis outside of the full member nations.
     
  5. In the World Cricket League Championship, Afghanistan finished second to Ireland qualifying for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 being hosted by Australia and New Zealand. This will be their first 50-overs ICC Global Event.
     
  6. They went on to qualify for the ICC World Twenty20 2014 with a 34-run victory over Kenya at Sharjah. Leg-spinner, Samiullah Shenwari, took three man-of-the-match awards and received the player of the tournament award. He took the third highest number of wickets in the tournament.
     
  7. Bangladesh, a full member of the ICC, fell to Afghanistan in the Asia Cup 2014 – embarrassing, no doubt, as Bangladesh were the hosts of the tournament.In the opening match of the World Twenty20 2014, Bangladesh took their revenge solidly beating the Afghans.This, however, did not take away the significance and symbolic nature of Afghanistan defeating a Test Cricket playing, full member country.National Under-19 TeamThe Under-19 National Team also had a successful 12 months. Many of these young players will eventually be stars in the National Team.
  8. In the Asian Cricket Council’s (ACC) Under-19 Elite Cup 2013, they won the Cup without the loss of a match and convincingly defeating Saudi Arabia, UAE and Hong Kong in the group stage, then crushing Malaysia in the Semi Final and defeating UAE in the Final by 10 wickets.
     
  9. In the ACC’s Under-19 Asia Cup 2014, the team made it to the Semi-Final having defeated Sri Lanka by 3 wickets and Malaysia by 10 wickets in the group stage. They lost the Semi Final to Pakistan by two wickets in a creditable performance. The win against Sri Lanka, a Test Playing, full member nation, was a major achievement.
     
  10. At the ICC Under-19 World Cup in February 2014 they defeated Australia in the opening group matches, topping their group and entering the quarter finals as the only non-full member to qualify. South Africa and the West Indies defeated them, but Afghanistan defeated Sri Lanka in their last match.The defeat of Australia and Sri Lanka were significant. Australia had won the event three times and Sri Lanka was one of the top contenders this year.
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Sri Lanka to Support Afghanistan Cricket Development http://www.khaama.com/sri-lanka-to-support-afghanistan-cricket-development-4019 http://www.khaama.com/sri-lanka-to-support-afghanistan-cricket-development-4019#comments Sun, 09 Mar 2014 06:44:19 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=32533 Sri Lanka to Support Afghanistan Cricket Development
The Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, this week hosted a visit by His Excellency President Hamid Karzai and cricket was on the agenda. President Karzai invited Dr Noor Mohammad Murad, CEO of the Afghanistan Cricket Board, along as part of the delegation. Four Memoranda of Understanding were signed during the visit. One was a “Memorandum Read the full article...]]>
Sri Lanka to Support Afghanistan Cricket Development

The Sri Lankan President, Mahinda Rajapaksa, this week hosted a visit by His Excellency President Hamid Karzai and cricket was on the agenda. President Karzai invited Dr Noor Mohammad Murad, CEO of the Afghanistan Cricket Board, along as part of the delegation.

Four Memoranda of Understanding were signed during the visit. One was a “Memorandum of Understanding in the Field of Sports”, signed for Sri Lanka by Mahindananda Aluthgamage, Minister of Sports, and for Afghanistan by Amina Safi Afzali, Minister of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled.

“Afghanistan is keen to benefit from opportunities in Sri Lanka for our youth in terms of education and training,” President Karzai said. He went on to note that another area Afghanistan was keen on seeking Sri Lanka’s assistance with sport, particularly in cricket. He mentioned the possibility of coaches from Sri Lanka providing support for the Afghanistan’s national cricket teams.

President Karzai in discussion with President Rajapaksa, had a light-hearted moment when he said: “If Sri Lanka can provide us good coaching to defeat all other countries but Sri Lanka.”

In the recent ICC Under-19 World Cup 201, Afghanistan defeated the Under-19 Sri Lankan team and in the Asia Cup 2014 shortly after Sri Lanka topped the tournament table. They had a convincing win over Afghanistan. They defeated Pakistan in the final by 5 wickets to take the Asia Cup 2014.

Mohammad Nabi, captain of the national team, said after the Asian Cup: “We have not come here to win the Asia Cup. We are here to perform and learn something from the Test playing nations. We will work hard and learn.”

Dr Noor said: “The agreement with Sri Lanka comes at just the right time for Afghanistan. Over this year we will be preparing for the World Cup 2015 and every bit of support is immensely important. As Mohammad Nabi said, we are working hard to learn from the test playing nations.

Sri Lanka has a strong presence at the moment in the cricketing world and they can offer us really valuable support.”

“We are strongly committed to raising our performance to their level,” he added, “Afghans have a dogged determination developed over years of hard times. It is this that has brought us so far, against all odds, in such a short time. It will carry us onward and upward over coming years.”

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Afghanistan defeats Bangladesh by 32 runs in Asia Cup http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-bangladesh-by-32-runs-in-asia-cup-2847 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-bangladesh-by-32-runs-in-asia-cup-2847#comments Sat, 01 Mar 2014 15:45:41 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=32416 Afghanistan defeats Bangladesh by 32 runs in Asia Cup
The Afghanistan national cricket team defeat Bangladesh by 32 runs in Asia Cup 2014 on Saturday. This was the second match of Afghanistan in Asia Cup. Afghanistan lost its first match against Pakistan by 72 runs on Thursday. Afghan batsmen managed to score 254 runs by losing 6 wickets after Bangladesh chose to field first Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan defeats Bangladesh by 32 runs in Asia Cup

The Afghanistan national cricket team defeat Bangladesh by 32 runs in Asia Cup 2014 on Saturday.

This was the second match of Afghanistan in Asia Cup. Afghanistan lost its first match against Pakistan by 72 runs on Thursday.

Afghan batsmen managed to score 254 runs by losing 6 wickets after Bangladesh chose to field first by winning the toss.

Asghar Stanikzai and Samiullah Shenwari remained the highest scorers in today’s match against Bangladesh.

Stanikzai remained not out after scoring 90 runs from 103 balls. He hit 6 fours and 3 sixes, while Samiullah Shenwari scored 81 runs from 69 balls by hitting 10 fours and 1 six.

Mohammad Nabi took three wickets, Shapoor Zadran and Hassan took two wickets each while Mirwais Ashraf and Samiullah Shinwari took one wicket each.

The Afghan bowlers managed to restrict the Bangladeshi batsmen in 222 runs in 47.5 overs. Samiullah Shenwari was elected as the man of the match.

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Afghanistan Cricket Continues to Achieve http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-continues-to-achieve-3443 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-continues-to-achieve-3443#comments Mon, 17 Feb 2014 07:37:20 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=32169 Afghanistan Cricket Continues to Achieve
The Asian Cricket Council recently announced the winners of the Asia Region winners of the Pepsi ICC Development Program Annual Awards. The Afghanistan Cricket Board has taken out two of the regional awards:  the Best Overall Cricket Development Program and the Best Junior Participation Initiative. The awards were established to recognize exceptional performance and service Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan Cricket Continues to Achieve

The Asian Cricket Council recently announced the winners of the Asia Region winners of the Pepsi ICC Development Program Annual Awards.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board has taken out two of the regional awards:  the Best Overall Cricket Development Program and the Best Junior Participation Initiative.

The awards were established to recognize exceptional performance and service to the game of cricket in Associate and Affiliate member countries.

Afghanistan will now join winners from the 4 other ICC Regions at the ICC Global Awards later in the year.

The Best Overall Cricket Development Program Award recognises excellence in governance, management, cricket operations and participation. In winning this award at the regional level the ACB is recognised as a high performing national cricket body with an excellent national cricket pathway that caters for senior and junior players, both male and female.

The Best Junior Participation Initiative Award recognises the ACB’s development of School Cricket in Afghanistan in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.  This development has seen the introduction of cricket into the curriculum of all Afghanistan schools.  It will give young players the opportunity to learn and play cricket at the school level and in organized competitions. It will, therefore, enhance the long term development and viability of cricket within the whole country.

“We are very excited to have received these regional awards,” Dr Noor Mohammad Murad, the CEO of the ACB said, “They are a continued recognition of the strong development and growth of the game of cricket in our country.  We are confident that our the achievements reflected in these two awards will be make us potential winners at the ICC Global Awards later in the year.”

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Afghanistan Under-19s depart for ICC Under-19 World Cup in Dubai http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-under-19s-depart-for-icc-under-19-world-cup-in-dubai-2766 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-under-19s-depart-for-icc-under-19-world-cup-in-dubai-2766#comments Sat, 08 Feb 2014 16:36:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31932 Afghanistan Under-19s depart for ICC Under-19 World Cup in Dubai
The Afghanistan Under-19 cricket on Saturday departed for Dubai to participate in ICC Under-19 cricket world cup. Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) officials said Saturday that ICC Under-19 cricket world cup is due to start from 14 February and will continue until early March. The Afghanistan Cricket Board chairman, Shahzada Masoud told reporters that the Afghan Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan Under-19s depart for ICC Under-19 World Cup in Dubai

The Afghanistan Under-19 cricket on Saturday departed for Dubai to participate in ICC Under-19 cricket world cup.

Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) officials said Saturday that ICC Under-19 cricket world cup is due to start from 14 February and will continue until early March.

The Afghanistan Cricket Board chairman, Shahzada Masoud told reporters that the Afghan Under-19 cricket team will face Australia, Bangladesh and Namibia in ICC Under-19 world cup in Dubai.

Mr. Masoud further added that the Afghan Under-19 cricket team has necessary preparations for the upcoming ICC Under-19 cricket world cup.

He said the Afghanistan Under-19 cricket team participated in a number of matches in neighboring Pakistan whre the Afghan team had satisfactory performance while playing against the Pakistan Under-19 cricket team.

The Afghanistan Under-19 cricket team participated in the Asian Cricket Council Under-19 Asia Cup last year, where the Afghan youngsters managed to qualify in semi-final, before going down to Pakistan.

The Afghanistan national cricket team had major achievements last year after it qualified for the first time to particpate ICC 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Afghanistan also qualified for the ICC 2014 World Twenty20 world cup which is to be to be held in Bangladesh.

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Afghan and English football families team up to boost football in Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/afghan-and-english-football-families-team-up-to-boost-football-in-afghanistan-3392 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-and-english-football-families-team-up-to-boost-football-in-afghanistan-3392#comments Tue, 04 Feb 2014 05:19:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31806 Afghan and English football families team up to boost football in Afghanistan
The English Football Association will provide comprehensive support to Afghanistan Football Federation and Afghan Premier League, after an agreement was reached between the two sides to establish a partnership between the Afghan and English football families. The Afghan and British football officials met in Dubai during a workshop to develop a two-year development program which Read the full article...]]>
Afghan and English football families team up to boost football in Afghanistan

The English Football Association will provide comprehensive support to Afghanistan Football Federation and Afghan Premier League, after an agreement was reached between the two sides to establish a partnership between the Afghan and English football families.

The Afghan and British football officials met in Dubai during a workshop to develop a two-year development program which will provide a comprehensive package of support to Afghan football.

The workshop was attended by Afghan and English Football Association officials along with the British embassy and British council officials in Kabul, FIFA representatives.

Afghanistan Football Federation general secretary Sayed Ali Reza Aghazada quoted in a report published in the English Football Association website, said, “The future of football in Afghanistan has never been as exciting as it is today.”

Mr. Aghazada further added, ““This workshop saw a commitment to a two-year partnership by The FA, the Premier League, the British Council and British Embassy Kabul with the Afghanistan Football Federation and Afghan Premier League, supported by FIFA.”

“Strong steps forward were taken in our discussions, which will provide opportunities for our football and our stakeholders, and bring the smiles back to the faces of the Afghan people by winning teams,” he said.

The development program will also include intensive programs for the Afghan coaches as part of the Premier Skills program, where the premier league clubs will work with 20-25 male and female Afghan grassroots coaches that will eventually produce a core group of coach educators who will then be able to deliver training to greater numbers of new coaches across Afghanistan.

An element has also been considered for the training of the Afghan referees under the Premier skills program, which is expected to be delivered by former and current top-flight English officials.

Additionally, the English Football Association will offer two sponsored places on the The FA International License course at St. Georges’ Park in September in the third yard of The FA’s bursary program for foreign coaches.

The workshop was followed by British Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit to Afghanistan in December last year when he was accompanied by English football ambassador Michael Owen.

Cameron, during his to Afghanistan signed signed an agreement with the Afghanistan football federation, to provide technical support for Afghanistan in the field of football.

He also pledged to facilitate more opportunities for cooperation between the football federation of the two nations.

This comes as the Afghan national football team recorded a significant achievement in the history of the Afghan football, with with victory in the 2013 South Asian Championships.

The Afghanistan national football team also recorded a 51-point rise in the FIFA rankings following its victory in the South Asia Football Federation (SAFF) championship.

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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 International Afghan footballer joins Dempo Sports Club in India
The 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 Read the full article...]]>
International Afghan footballer joins Dempo Sports Club in India

The 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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Pakistan trains Afghanistan Under-19 cricket team for ICC World Cup http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-trains-afghanistan-under-19-cricket-team-for-icc-world-cup-3278 http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-trains-afghanistan-under-19-cricket-team-for-icc-world-cup-3278#comments Sat, 11 Jan 2014 06:50:20 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=31208 Pakistan trains Afghanistan Under-19 cricket team for ICC World Cup
Pakistan’s elite academy coaches will train the Afghanistan Under-19 cricket team in Pakistan, for the upcoming ICC Under-19 World Cup, which is due to be held next month. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced Friday that Afghanistan’s Under-19 cricket side arrives in Pakistan this weekend for the training. PCB officials further added that the training Read the full article...]]>
Pakistan trains Afghanistan Under-19 cricket team for ICC World Cup

Pakistan’s elite academy coaches will train the Afghanistan Under-19 cricket team in Pakistan, for the upcoming ICC Under-19 World Cup, which is due to be held next month.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced Friday that Afghanistan’s Under-19 cricket side arrives in Pakistan this weekend for the training.

PCB officials further added that the training will be conducted at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore for three weeks as Afghans tune up for the ICC Under-19 tournament in the U.A.E.

The Afghanistan Under-19 cricketers will also play eight practice matches against various teams, including three against Pakistan Under-19 at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium, PCB officials quoted by AFP said.

Afghanistan under-19 cricket team is expecting to face Australia, Bangladesh and Namibia in the group stage of the tournament.

Afghanistan is expecting for a better show after they won only one match and failed to qualify for hte knockout stages in 2012 ICC Under-19 World Cup.

The Afghanistan Under-19 cricket team participated in the Asian Cricket Council Under-19 Asia Cup last month, where the Afghan youngsters managed to qualify in semi-final, before going down to Pakistan.

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Rise of bodybuilding in Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/rise-of-bodybuilding-in-afghanistan-98765 http://www.khaama.com/rise-of-bodybuilding-in-afghanistan-98765#comments Thu, 02 Jan 2014 05:21:38 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30966 Rise of bodybuilding in Afghanistan
Bodybuilding is a rapidly advancing sport in Afghanistan. The country is achieving increased acclaim in the sport as highlighted most recently by the Afghan Bodybuilding Team winning 6 gold medals in the 43rd Asian bodybuilding championships this year. Mohammad Yousuf Sakhi, Mohammad Haroun Azimi and Mohammad Asif Sakhi each won two gold medals in the Read the full article...]]>
Rise of bodybuilding in Afghanistan

Bodybuilding is a rapidly advancing sport in Afghanistan. The country is achieving increased acclaim in the sport as highlighted most recently by the Afghan Bodybuilding Team winning 6 gold medals in the 43rd Asian bodybuilding championships this year. Mohammad Yousuf Sakhi, Mohammad Haroun Azimi and Mohammad Asif Sakhi each won two gold medals in the competitions held in Kazakhstan and have gone down in history as the first three Afghan bodybuilders to win gold medals in the Asian competitions.

Afghan bodybuilders have achieved landmark success. Shukerullah Helmandi, a 28 year old bodybuilder from Helmand Province, who twice won the Mr Afghanistan title in 2009 and 2011, went on to win the first ever gold medal for Afghanistan at the 8th South Asian Bodybuilding Championship in Bhutan in 2011.

The Championships were a prominent success for the Afghan team as fellow Afghan bodybuilder Zemerai Popal also won a gold medal and overall the Afghan team achieved first in the championship. The Afghan team took home two gold medals, three silver and one bronze.

These successes highlight not only personal victories for the competitors but are pivotal in highlighting a significant increase in Afghans pursuing bodybuilding. They also draw attention to the daily struggles of these bodybuilders to pursue victory in the sport without having access to the facilities and sponsorships enjoyed by American and European bodybuilders.

Zubairullah Mohsin, the secretary general of the South Asian Bodybuilding Federation and head of the Afghanistan National Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation highlighted this issue;

 “There is no doubt that we have in Afghanistan young sportsmen and athletes who are of top class material with the potential to become champions and secure victory in international competitions. However, in a country that is struggling to find its feet after decades of war and crippling poverty, much work and funding are needed to achieve this.” 

The victories of the Afghan teams highlight the lack of sponsorship deals for athletes and stress the importance of state assistance to enable Afghan athletes to advance into the big leagues. Athletes such as Helmandi have publicly stated that with more government support, they could achieve further victories for Afghanistan in bodybuilding:

 “If I am supplied with [the facilities of] a good club and good food, I will be able to compete globally, and serve up more of the same results as the Asian competitions”

Despite their struggles, the successes of individual bodybuilders such as Helmandi demonstrate to Afghanistan that it is possible to become a champion despite humble roots, inspiring a young generation to pursue bodybuilding. Helmand Governor Gulab Mangal reinstated this aim, stating, “We do whatever we can to persuade youths in the province to take part in sports”.

Moreover, the success of these individual bodybuilders seems to have sparked an increased interest in bodybuilding in the country as a whole. According to recent figures, in Kabul more than 200 gyms have been established and more than 1000 gyms have opened nationwide with more to follow.

The 6 gold medals won by the Afghan Bodybuilding Team in the 43rd Asian bodybuilding championships this year can only increase enthusiasm for the sport. It provides an opportunity to demonstrate to the people of Afghanistan, as well as the bodybuilding community worldwide, how far Afghan bodybuilders have progressed in recent years.

Mohammad Zahir Aghbar, the chairman of the Afghan National Olympic Committee has publicly stressed the Afghan team’s potential for strengthening national unity;

“Becoming a hero is hard and maintaining championship is harder than I ask from you [medal winners] to gain moral medal for the country as well as gold medal in strengthening national unity”

Consistent victories, as well as increased media awareness of the need for financial support for Afghan bodybuilders suggests that Afghanistan can only continue to progress in the sport. A significant increase in the number of gyms available enables more young people to discover bodybuilding and pursue it as a career. As more people enter the sport and Afghan teams continue to achieve landmark victories in major competitions, the future of bodybuilding in Afghanistan looks extremely promising.

Emma Wortley is a freelance writer and actress from Kent, England. She enjoys writing across a variety of topics. You can connect with Emma on Google+ or email her at emma.wortley92@gmail.com

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Afghan goalkeeper Mansur Faqiryar among Top 10 Asian players of 2013 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-goalkeeper-mansur-faqiryar-among-top-10-asian-players-of-2013-3242 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-goalkeeper-mansur-faqiryar-among-top-10-asian-players-of-2013-3242#comments Wed, 01 Jan 2014 11:38:33 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30959 Afghan goalkeeper Mansur Faqiryar among Top 10 Asian players of 2013
ESPN FC website that provides rolling coverage of world football, released the names of Top 10 Asian players of 2013, which also includes the name of Afghan goalkeeper Mansur Faqiryar. The website released the names of the top players based on their extraordinary performance during the year. According to the report, Faqiryar got plenty of Read the full article...]]>
Afghan goalkeeper Mansur Faqiryar among Top 10 Asian players of 2013

ESPN FC website that provides rolling coverage of world football, released the names of Top 10 Asian players of 2013, which also includes the name of Afghan goalkeeper Mansur Faqiryar.

The website released the names of the top players based on their extraordinary performance during the year.

According to the report, Faqiryar got plenty of credit when he led Afghanistan to the South Asian title in September, despite many goalkeepers do not receive the credit they deserve.

ESPN FC in its report said solid in the group stage, he was excellent in the semifinal win over hosts Nepal and in the final against holders India.

He helped to bring a smile to the face of Afghanistan, and you can’t ask for much more than that, according to the ESPN FC.

The triumph was painted as a shock — which was far from the truth, and there was nothing surprising about the form of this Germany-based goalie.

The top players in ESPN FC’s list includes, Reza Ghoochannejhad, Shinji okazaki, Omar Abdulrahman, Javad Nekounam, Kim Young-gwon, Yoichiro Kakitani, Zheng Zhi, Ali Adnan, and Son Heung-min.

Mansur Faqiryar has also been nominated to receive the best athlete of the year – North Athlete of the Year Award in Germany.

The winner of the award will be selected based on a poll conducted by Germany’s NDR Television Network.

Faqiryar has been nominated for the award for his outstanding performance in VfB Oldenburg football division. He also shined in Afghan national football team during the South Asia Football Federation (SAFF) championship.

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Afghan goalkeeper nominated for Germany’s best athlete of the year award http://www.khaama.com/afghan-goalkeeper-nominated-for-germanys-best-athlete-of-the-year-award-33208 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-goalkeeper-nominated-for-germanys-best-athlete-of-the-year-award-33208#comments Wed, 25 Dec 2013 07:24:28 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30767 Afghan goalkeeper nominated for Germany’s best athlete of the year award
Afghan footballer and goal keeper of the national football team of Afghanistan, Mansur Faqiryar has been nominated to receive the best athlete of the year – North Athlete of the Year Award in Germany. The winner of the award will be selected based on a poll conducted by Germany’s NDR Television Network. Faqiryar has been Read the full article...]]>
Afghan goalkeeper nominated for Germany’s best athlete of the year award

Afghan footballer and goal keeper of the national football team of Afghanistan, Mansur Faqiryar has been nominated to receive the best athlete of the year – North Athlete of the Year Award in Germany.

The winner of the award will be selected based on a poll conducted by Germany’s NDR Television Network.

Faqiryar has been nominated for the award for his outstanding performance in VfB Oldenburg football division. He also shined in Afghan national football team during the South Asia Football Federation (SAFF) championship.

According to the NDR Television Network, initial poll reports suggest that Afghan goalkeep Muslim Faqiryar along with Germany’s best tennis athele Tommy Haas, and German footballer Marcell Jansen are the leading athletes to receive the award.

The voting for the best athlete of the year will continue until 6 January 2013, where the voters will vote for the athletes, who had the most impressive performance in 2013.

The North Athlete of the Year award is given to the best athlete by NDR Television Network each year, and this will be the first time a member of the Afghan national football team has been nominated for the award.

The 27-year-old, Mansur Faqiryar was also recognized as the best player and best goalkeeper in South Asia Football Federation (SAFF) championship. He has also for VfB Oldeburg football club in Germany, where he has participated in at least 15 football matches.

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British PM David Cameron pledges support to Afghanistan football http://www.khaama.com/british-pm-david-cameron-pledges-support-to-afghanistan-football-3196 http://www.khaama.com/british-pm-david-cameron-pledges-support-to-afghanistan-football-3196#comments Tue, 17 Dec 2013 07:05:48 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30628 British PM David Cameron pledges support to Afghanistan football
British Prime Minister David Cameron during his meeting with the members of the Afghanistan football federation has pledged to support football in Afghanistan. Cameron arrived in Afghanistan in an unannounced visit to meet with the British forces stationed in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan. The secretary general of the Afghanistan football federation, Syed Ali Reza Read the full article...]]>
British PM David Cameron pledges support to Afghanistan football

British Prime Minister David Cameron during his meeting with the members of the Afghanistan football federation has pledged to support football in Afghanistan.

Cameron arrived in Afghanistan in an unannounced visit to meet with the British forces stationed in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan.

The secretary general of the Afghanistan football federation, Syed Ali Reza Aqazada met with the British Prime Minister David Cameron in Helmand on Monday to discuss Britain’s support to Afghanistan.

The British delegation which included former British football star, also signed an agreement with the Afghanistan football federation, to provide technical support for Afghanistan in the field of football.

Cameron also pledged to facilitate more opportunities for cooperation between the football federation of the two nations.

He also said that Britain will assist Afghanistan and support the Afghan Premier League sponsored by Roshan Telecom.

Cameron also praised the growth of football in Afghanistan and said that he expects to see the Afghan football team participating in 2022 football world cup in Qatar.

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Ireland beat Afghanistan by 122 runs to win Intercontinental Cup http://www.khaama.com/ireland-beat-afghanistan-by-122-runs-to-win-intercontinental-cup-2615 http://www.khaama.com/ireland-beat-afghanistan-by-122-runs-to-win-intercontinental-cup-2615#comments Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:27:34 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30529 Ireland beat Afghanistan by 122 runs to win Intercontinental Cup
Ireland defeated the Afghanistan national cricket team by 122 runs to win the ICC Intercontinental Cup final on Friday. The Afghan batsmen were all dismissed for 224 runs during the last day of the match, while chasing 347 runs for victory. Afghanistan had already lost its five wickets by scoring only 136 runs over night. Read the full article...]]>
Ireland beat Afghanistan by 122 runs to win Intercontinental Cup

Ireland defeated the Afghanistan national cricket team by 122 runs to win the ICC Intercontinental Cup final on Friday.

The Afghan batsmen were all dismissed for 224 runs during the last day of the match, while chasing 347 runs for victory.

Afghanistan had already lost its five wickets by scoring only 136 runs over night. Rahmat Shah and captain Mohammad Nabi took Afghanistan to 189 for five at lunch without being separated.

However, Afghanistan lost its last five wickets for 25 runs in just under 14 overs with Rahmat Shah left stranded at 86. Medium pacer John Mooney took 5 wickets for 36 in the Afghan second innings.

Since its inception in 2004, Ireland has won the iCC Intercontinental Cup for the fourth time. Previously, Ireland had won the premier competition for sides below the Full Members in 2005, 2006-07 and 2007-08.

Ireland also became ICC’s first member to win three ICC events of three different formats in a session, with Friday’s win.

Ireland the 50-over Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Championship (WCLC) in July and then retained the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier title in the UAE in November.

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Pakistan overcame stiff resistance from Afghanistan in first-ever T20 http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-overcame-stiff-resistance-from-afghanistan-in-first-ever-t20-3162 http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-overcame-stiff-resistance-from-afghanistan-in-first-ever-t20-3162#comments Mon, 09 Dec 2013 04:37:32 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30411 Pakistan overcame stiff resistance from Afghanistan in first-ever T20
Pakistan defeated the Afghanistan national cricket team in the first-ever Twenty20 intentional by six wickets in Sharjah on Sunday. The Pakistani team overcame a stiff resistance and were held tot he final over of the match, from the Afghan players while chasing a challenging 138- run target. The Afghan bowlers a Pakistan to fight till Read the full article...]]>
Pakistan overcame stiff resistance from Afghanistan in first-ever T20

Pakistan defeated the Afghanistan national cricket team in the first-ever Twenty20 intentional by six wickets in Sharjah on Sunday.

The Pakistani team overcame a stiff resistance and were held tot he final over of the match, from the Afghan players while chasing a challenging 138- run target.

The Afghan bowlers a Pakistan to fight till the final ball though a score of 137 runs wouldn’t have have appeared a match-winning score.

However, the Pakistani captain Mohammad Hafeez kept his team alot with an unbeaten 42 to set up a six-wicket win in the first ever T20 between the two countries.

The Afghanistan cricket team won the toss and elected to bat first, however Afghanistan lost its two opener wickets by the fifth over.

Mohammad Shahzad made 2 runs in 4 balls and was caught out in Sohail Tanvir’s ball, and Nawroz Mangal made only 1 run from 10 balls after he was caught in Zulfaq Babar’s ball.

But Najibullah Zadran and and Mohammad Nai gave solidity to he innings, adding 35 for the fourth wicket in quick time. Najibullah Zadran made 38 runs from 30 balls after hitting 2 sixes and 3 fours, and Mohammad Nabi 15 runs from 10 balls.

On the batting side, Mirwais Ashraf remained not out after making 28 runs from 22 balls, with two boundaries and a six to take Afghanistan to 137-8 — their highest against a Test playing country.

The Afghan captain Mohammad Nabi said he was happy with the performance of the Afghan players and the way they fought agaist a strong team like Pakistan.

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Pakistani T20 cricket captain refuses to take Afghanistan lightly http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-t20-cricket-captain-refuses-to-take-afghanistan-lightly-2598 http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-t20-cricket-captain-refuses-to-take-afghanistan-lightly-2598#comments Fri, 06 Dec 2013 07:30:50 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30350 Pakistani T20 cricket captain refuses to take Afghanistan lightly
Pakistan’s T20 captain Mohammad Hafeez refused to take Afghanistan lightly as the Afghan national cricket team will play its first Twenty20 match against the former world champions Pakistan on Sunday. Hafiz has said that Afghanistan is a dangerous side as they have qualified for the 2015 World Cup and the World Twenty20 through hard work. Read the full article...]]>
Pakistani T20 cricket captain refuses to take Afghanistan lightly

Pakistan’s T20 captain Mohammad Hafeez refused to take Afghanistan lightly as the Afghan national cricket team will play its first Twenty20 match against the former world champions Pakistan on Sunday.

Hafiz has said that Afghanistan is a dangerous side as they have qualified for the 2015 World Cup and the World Twenty20 through hard work.

The Afghan cricket team’s coach Kabir Khan said that his is hugely excited to play against the Pakitani team on Sunday in Sharjah. “It will be a historic match for us,” Kabir, who played four Tests and 10 one-days for Pakistan in 1990s, told AFP.

Mr. Khan further added, “Besides being historic, it will be a challenging match and if we do well then the world will take more notice.”

“Pakistan have helped us a great deal. They gave us a one-dayer last year,” Khan added.

The upcoming game will be Afghanistan’s fifth match against a Test playing country. Afghanistan played India and South Africa in the 2010 World Twenty20 in the Caribbean, and played two more matches against Englandand India two years later in Sri Lanka.

The Afghanistan national cricket team had major achievements earlier this year by qualifying for the 50-over World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand in 2015.

Afghanistan also qualified for the World Twenty20 to be held in Bangladesh next year.

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Afghan footballer Arash Hatefi shines for Mumbai FC in I-League http://www.khaama.com/afghan-footballer-arash-hatefi-shines-for-mumbai-fc-in-i-league-3143 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-footballer-arash-hatefi-shines-for-mumbai-fc-in-i-league-3143#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 11:11:25 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30304 Afghan footballer Arash Hatefi shines for Mumbai FC in I-League
Afghan footballer Arash Hatefi shined for Mumbai Football Club – Mumbai FC during the 12th match of I-League against East Bengal. The Mumbai FC defeated East Bengal 3-2 to register their first home win, with Arash Hatefi putting the East Bengal defense in tatters after he scored second goal for Mumbai FC. Hatefi picked up Read the full article...]]>
Afghan footballer Arash Hatefi shines for Mumbai FC in I-League

Afghan footballer Arash Hatefi shined for Mumbai Football Club – Mumbai FC during the 12th match of I-League against East Bengal.

The Mumbai FC defeated East Bengal 3-2 to register their first home win, with Arash Hatefi putting the East Bengal defense in tatters after he scored second goal for Mumbai FC.

Hatefi picked up a second yellow card of the match to reduce his team to 10 men during the second half of the match.

Mumbai FC’s win helped the club to climb one spot above Mohun Bagan to number 10 position in the I-League table after 11 matches, which includes 2 wins, 5 draws and 4 losses.

Hatefi was invited along with Hashmatullah Barekzai to play for Mumbai Football Cluban back in October, after the two footballers shined in South Asia Football Federation (SAFF) championship.

The two footballers joined team mates Sanjar Ahmadi and Zohib Islam Amiri, but Hashmatullah Barekzai left the Mumbai Football Club later due to issues over payments with the club.

The Mumbai Football Club is one of the major teams in the I-League which has invested millions to improve the football sport during the recent years.

Bilal Arzoo is another Afghan footballer who has played for an Indian football club and former champion of the I-League season – Churchill Brothers (SC).

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Afghanistan cricket team sweep into ICC World T20 qualifier final http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-team-sweep-into-icc-world-t20-qualifier-final-2585 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-team-sweep-into-icc-world-t20-qualifier-final-2585#comments Fri, 29 Nov 2013 15:00:47 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30217 Afghanistan cricket team sweep into ICC World T20 qualifier final
The Afghanistan national cricket team qualified to ICC World Twenty20 qualifier series after defeating Nepal by seven wickets in the semi-final on Friday. Nepal posted a modest target of 91 runs after losing eight wickets in 20 overs, after Afghanistan elected to field first by winning the toss. Samiullah Shenwari took 3 wickets in 4 Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan cricket team sweep into ICC World T20 qualifier final

The Afghanistan national cricket team qualified to ICC World Twenty20 qualifier series after defeating Nepal by seven wickets in the semi-final on Friday.

Nepal posted a modest target of 91 runs after losing eight wickets in 20 overs, after Afghanistan elected to field first by winning the toss.

Samiullah Shenwari took 3 wickets in 4 overs by giving only 19 runs, while Izatullah Dawlatzai and Dawlat Zadran took two wickets each.

On the batting side, Nawroz Mangal made a brisk 48 before falling with 11 needed but Gulbadin Naib came in to strike a couple of boundaries, winning the match with a six.

The Afghanistan cricket board chief executive, Dr. Noor Mhammad Murad congratulated the Afghan nation for the victory of the Aghan cricket team in ICC World Twenty20 qualifier semi-final.

The second semi-final is played between Ireland and United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi, and the winner of the match will face Afghanistan in the final of ICC World Twenty20 qualifier on Saturday.

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Afghanistan cricket team qualify to 2014 T20 World cup http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-team-qualify-to-2014-t20-world-cup-2569 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-team-qualify-to-2014-t20-world-cup-2569#comments Sun, 24 Nov 2013 15:16:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30096 Afghanistan cricket team qualify to 2014 T20 World cup
The Afghanistan national cricket qualified to ICC World Twenty20 World cup 2014, after securing six consecutive wins in ICC World T20 qualifier. Afghanistan defeated Kenya by 34 runs during its sixth match in ICC World T20 qualifier in Sharjah on Sunday. Afghan batsmen scored 148 runs by losing nine wickets in 20 overs. Noor Ali Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan cricket team qualify to 2014 T20 World cup

The Afghanistan national cricket qualified to ICC World Twenty20 World cup 2014, after securing six consecutive wins in ICC World T20 qualifier.

Afghanistan defeated Kenya by 34 runs during its sixth match in ICC World T20 qualifier in Sharjah on Sunday.

Afghan batsmen scored 148 runs by losing nine wickets in 20 overs. Noor Ali Zadran made the highest score on the batting side, after securing 50 runs in 81 balls.

While Karim Sadiq made 30 run and Najeeb Zadran 33 runs, to set a target of 149 runs for the national cricket team of Kenya.

The Kenyan batsmen could ot chase the target set by Afghanistan, and were all out after scoring 114 runs in 18 overs.

Samiullah Shinwari managed to take 5 wickets by giving only 13 runs in 4 overs, which helped to restrict the Kenyan batsmen from chasing the target of 149 runs.

Shahpoor Zadran also took 2 wickets, while Mirwais Ashraf, and Hamza Hotak took one wicket each.

The Afghanistan cricket board chief executive, Dr. Noor Mohammad Murad welcomed the outstanding performance by Afghan cricketers in ICC World T20 qualifier.

Mr. Murad said, the cricket of Afghanistan appreciate the Afghan cricket team for their moral and developments, since the Afghan cricket team managed to qualify to 2015 ICC cricket world cup and 2014 ICC World T20 world cup.

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Afghanistan beats Nepal by 9 wickets ICC World T20 Qualifier http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-beats-nepal-by-9-wickets-icc-world-t20-qualifier-2557 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-beats-nepal-by-9-wickets-icc-world-t20-qualifier-2557#comments Fri, 22 Nov 2013 15:30:02 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=30022 Afghanistan beats Nepal by 9 wickets ICC World T20 Qualifier
The Afghanistan national cricket team defeated Nepal by 9 wickets in ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Sharjah on Friday. Nepal made 73 runs in seven overs by losing three wickets, after Afghanistan won the toss and elected to field first. The match was reduced to 7 overs a side due to wet outfield which resulted Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan beats Nepal by 9 wickets ICC World T20 Qualifier

The Afghanistan national cricket team defeated Nepal by 9 wickets in ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Sharjah on Friday.

Nepal made 73 runs in seven overs by losing three wickets, after Afghanistan won the toss and elected to field first. The match was reduced to 7 overs a side due to wet outfield which resulted in a delayed start.

On the bowling side, Mirwais Ashraf took two wickets in overs by giving 13 runs, while Shapoor Zadran took one wicket in two overs by giving 10 runs.

Afghanistan batsmen were never challenged by the Nepali bowlers as they scampered home in 6.2 overs. Mohammad Shahzad remained not out after scoring 43 runs in 22 balls.

Nawroz Mangal scored 22 runs in 11 balls, while the Afghan team captain remained not out in 8 runs from 5 balls.

The Afghanistan cricket team will face Kenya on Sunday during its 7th match in ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers in Shariah.

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Afghanistan defeats Papua New Guinea in ICC T20 qualifier http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-papual-new-guinea-in-icc-t20-qualifier-3087 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-papual-new-guinea-in-icc-t20-qualifier-3087#comments Mon, 18 Nov 2013 05:05:47 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29944 Afghanistan defeats Papua New Guinea in ICC T20 qualifier
The Afghanistan national cricket team defeated Papua New Guinea during its third match in ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier on Sunday, at the Sharjah stadium. Papua New Guinea who chose to bat first after winning the toss, set a target of 167 runs in 20 overs, by losing its six wickets. The Afghan batsmen achieved the Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan defeats Papua New Guinea in ICC T20 qualifier

The Afghanistan national cricket team defeated Papua New Guinea during its third match in ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier on Sunday, at the Sharjah stadium.

Papua New Guinea who chose to bat first after winning the toss, set a target of 167 runs in 20 overs, by losing its six wickets.

The Afghan batsmen achieved the revised target of 69 runs in seven overs off the last ball of the match, with the Afghan captain Mohammad Nabi remaining unbeaten on 36 off 22 balls.

The game was truncated due to rainfall, and the target of 168 runs was revised via the Duckworth-Lewis method.

On the bowling side, Samiullah Shenwari was the most impressive bowler who took 3 wickets in 4 overs. Dawlat Zadran took 2 wickets in 4 overs, while Shapoor Zadran took one wicket.

The first wicket of Afghanistan, Naworoz Mangal fall in the fourth ball of the innings, after Afghan batsmen started their chase after a rain-delay.

However, things were put back on the track with the 44-run partnership between Mohammad Shahzad and Nabi. Afghanistan slipped to 68 for 4 after losing three quick wickets.

But Mohammad Nabi’s presence ensured to chase the remaining 19 runs needed to registered the second win for Afghanistan in ICC World Twenty20 qualifier competition.

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Mumbai Football Club invites two more Afghan footballers http://www.khaama.com/mumbai-football-club-invites-two-more-afghan-footballers-2505 http://www.khaama.com/mumbai-football-club-invites-two-more-afghan-footballers-2505#comments Tue, 29 Oct 2013 16:12:45 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29598 Mumbai Football Club invites two more Afghan footballers
Two more Afghan football players, Hashmatullah Barekzai and Arash Hatefi have been invited by Mumbai Football Club (FC) after the two footballers shined in South Asia Football Federation (SAFF) championship. Mumbai Footbal Club (FC) has already signed contracts with two other Afghan footballers, including the Europe-based Sanjar Ahmadi and Zohib Islam Amiri. The Afghanistan Football Read the full article...]]>
Mumbai Football Club invites two more Afghan footballers

Two more Afghan football players, Hashmatullah Barekzai and Arash Hatefi have been invited by Mumbai Football Club (FC) after the two footballers shined in South Asia Football Federation (SAFF) championship.

Mumbai Footbal Club (FC) has already signed contracts with two other Afghan footballers, including the Europe-based Sanjar Ahmadi and Zohib Islam Amiri.

The Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) following a statement on Tuesday said that Mumbai Football Club officials are more interested towards the Afghan footballers after their outstanding performance in SAFF championship.

Hashmatullah Barekzai and Arash Hatefi will also join their team mates to play in I-league for Mumbai Football Club once they reach to an agreement with the Mumbai-based club, Afghan Football Federation said in it’s statement.

According to AFF officials, it will be historic for the football history of Afghanistan if all four Afghan footballers are selected in a foreign league.

The Mumbai Football Club is one of the major teams in the I-League which has invested millions to improve the football sport during the recent years.

Mumbai Football Club (FC) Vice-President, Atul Bagdamia in regards to the club’s agreement with Afghan footballer Sanjar Ahmadi said, “It is a pleasure to have him (Sandjar) for the season. In the company of Amiri, we hope both produce similar efforts respectively as they did for their country in the SAFF Championship and help Mumbai FC’s campaign this season. We look forward to him score as many goals and wish him the best.”

Bilal Arzoo is another Afghan footballer who has played for an Indian football club and former champion of the I-League season – Churchill Brothers (SC).

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Afghan women’s soccer captain receive Muhammad Ali humanitarian award http://www.khaama.com/afghan-womens-soccer-captain-receive-muhammad-ali-humanitarian-award-1995 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-womens-soccer-captain-receive-muhammad-ali-humanitarian-award-1995#comments Tue, 22 Oct 2013 10:41:58 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29434 Afghan women’s soccer captain receive Muhammad Ali humanitarian award
Retired boxing champion Muhammad Ali who was known as “The Greatest” inside the ring, honored Afghan women’s soccer captain Zahra Mahmoodi with the humanitarian award on Thursday night. Muhammad Ali’s foundation announced the final list of humanitarian award winners on Thursday. Recipients of the inaugural Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards included Afghan women’s soccer team captain Read the full article...]]>
Afghan women’s soccer captain receive Muhammad Ali humanitarian award

Retired boxing champion Muhammad Ali who was known as “The Greatest” inside the ring, honored Afghan women’s soccer captain Zahra Mahmoodi with the humanitarian award on Thursday night.

Muhammad Ali’s foundation announced the final list of humanitarian award winners on Thursday. Recipients of the inaugural Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards included Afghan women’s soccer team captain and former President Jimmy Carter and singers Christina Aguilera and Michael Bolton.

The ceremony was organized in Lousville, Kentucky, the birth place of Muhammad Ali Clay, and was attended by nearly 700 people, who were watching photos on a large screen that showed Ali with world and religious leaders and children.

Receipants of the awards included six young leaders from various countries, including three receipants from United States, one from Afghanistan, one from Uganda and one receipant from India.

Afghan women’s soccer team captain was honored for her activities in the field of soccer for women in Afghanistan, and her role for introducing the women’s soccer in Afghanistan and outside the country.

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Shaheen Asmayee wins Afghan Premier League title http://www.khaama.com/shaheen-asmayee-wins-afghan-premier-league-title-2452 http://www.khaama.com/shaheen-asmayee-wins-afghan-premier-league-title-2452#comments Fri, 11 Oct 2013 17:27:50 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29166 Afghan Premier League
The finals of Afghanistan’s Premier League took place on Friday and concluded with the victory of Shaheen Asmayee football club which represents capital Kabul and central provinces of the country. Shaheen Asmayee won the second season of the Afghan Premier League by defeating Simugh Alburz 3-1. The goals were hit by Hashmatullah Barekzai ad Mahmood Read the full article...]]>
Afghan Premier League

Afghan Premier League

The finals of Afghanistan’s Premier League took place on Friday and concluded with the victory of Shaheen Asmayee football club which represents capital Kabul and central provinces of the country.

Shaheen Asmayee won the second season of the Afghan Premier League by defeating Simugh Alburz 3-1. The goals were hit by Hashmatullah Barekzai ad Mahmood Azad during the 52, 93 and 104 minute of the match.

Simurgh Alburz which represents northern provinces of the country managed to hit it’s only goal during the 90 minute of the match, and the goal was hit by Omid Qatibzada.

The refree of the match called for extra time after the match was leveled 1-1 by the end of the second half, which gave an opportunity for Shaheen Asmayee to hit it’s second and third goal.

Simurgh Alburz secured the second position in Afghan Premier League by losing the finals to Shaheen Asmayee, while the former champion Toofan Harirdo secured the third position after losing the semi finals to Shaheen Asmayee.

Over 7000 football fans gathered in the stadium to watch the game which was organized in Afghanistan Football Federation Stadium.

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Disabled Afghan athlete wins gold medal in swimming competition http://www.khaama.com/disabled-afghan-athlete-wins-gold-medal-in-swimming-competition-1949 http://www.khaama.com/disabled-afghan-athlete-wins-gold-medal-in-swimming-competition-1949#comments Mon, 07 Oct 2013 11:55:39 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=29058 Disabled Afghan athlete wins gold medal in swimming competition
A teenager disabled Afghan athlete, Abbas Karimi won a gold medal in Disabled Student Swimming Competition in Istanbul Turkey. Abbas Karimi, 14, who was born without arms, for the first time won gold medal after participating in the competition attended by disabled students from 35 countries. Karimi could be the first Afghan athlete to represent Read the full article...]]>
Disabled Afghan athlete wins gold medal in swimming competition

A teenager disabled Afghan athlete, Abbas Karimi won a gold medal in Disabled Student Swimming Competition in Istanbul Turkey.

Abbas Karimi, 14, who was born without arms, for the first time won gold medal after participating in the competition attended by disabled students from 35 countries.

Karimi could be the first Afghan athlete to represent Afghanistan as a swimmer in the Paralympic games which is due to be organized in Brazil in 2014.

He was the only disabled athlete to attend the competition from Afghanistan, and he has an ambition to earn gold medal for Afghanistan in world paralympics games.

Officials in Afghanistan paralympics praised Abbas Karimi’s success in the competition and said it was a major achievement for disabled athletes in Afghanistan.

The officials also added that his success would encourage a large number of disabled Afghans to persue sport who were prevented due to decades of conflict, poverty and neglect.

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Afghanistan defeats Kenya, qualifies for 2015 Cricket World Cup http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-kenya-qualifies-for-2015-cricket-world-cup-2427 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-kenya-qualifies-for-2015-cricket-world-cup-2427#comments Fri, 04 Oct 2013 10:20:21 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28969 Afghanistan defeats Kenya, qualifies for 2015 Cricket World Cup
The Afghanistan cricket team on Friday qualified for Cricket World Cup 2015 after securing a back to back win against Kenya in ICC World Cricket League Championship. Afghanistan defeated Kenya by 7 wickets during the second match of ICC World Cricket League Championship in Shahrjah. Afghan bowlers restricted Kenyan batsmen to 93 runs in 43.3 Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan defeats Kenya, qualifies for 2015 Cricket World Cup

The Afghanistan cricket team on Friday qualified for Cricket World Cup 2015 after securing a back to back win against Kenya in ICC World Cricket League Championship.

Afghanistan defeated Kenya by 7 wickets during the second match of ICC World Cricket League Championship in Shahrjah.

Afghan bowlers restricted Kenyan batsmen to 93 runs in 43.3 overs, after Afghanistan won the toss and elected to field. Hamid Hassan, Karim Sadiq and Mohammad Nabi took 2 wickets each, while Hamza Hotak took 3 wickets on the bowling side.

Afghanistan lost it’s first wicket in the early minutes of the match after Mohammad Shahzad was caught in Aga’s bowl, while the second and third wicket of Afghanistan, Ashgar Stanekzai and Nawroz Mangal was taken by by Ngoche during the 10th over.

Nawroz Mangal scored 19 runs out of 29 balls, and Asghar Stanekzai scored 9 runs out of 26 balls.

Afghan batsmen successfully managed to chase the target in 20.5 overs, after a partnership of 62 runs was made between Mohammad Nabi and Hashmatullah Shaidi.

Afghanistan moved into second in the table after writing another heart warming chapter in the nations’s crikcet story. Afghan team received Associate status in ICC earlier this year, while the Afghan team became an Affiliate member in 2001.

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Afghanistan defeats Kenya by 8 wickets in opening ODI http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-kenya-by-8-wickets-in-opening-odi-1926 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-kenya-by-8-wickets-in-opening-odi-1926#comments Wed, 02 Oct 2013 10:13:04 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28921 Afghanistan defeats Kenya by 8 wickets in opening ODI
Afghanistan defeated Kenya by 8 wickets during the opening match of of ICC World Cricket Championship in Sharjah on Wednesday. Kenyan batsmen were all out for 89 runs in 37.5 overs after they won the toss and elected to bat first, with the run rate of 2.35 runs per over, which was chased by Afghan Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan defeats Kenya by 8 wickets in opening ODI

Afghanistan defeated Kenya by 8 wickets during the opening match of of ICC World Cricket Championship in Sharjah on Wednesday.

Kenyan batsmen were all out for 89 runs in 37.5 overs after they won the toss and elected to bat first, with the run rate of 2.35 runs per over, which was chased by Afghan batsmen in 17.5 overs.

Afghan fast bowler Hamid Hassan managed to take 4 wickets in 10 overs, while Shapoor Zadran and Samiullah Shenwari took 2 wickets each, and Hamza Hotak along with Rahmat Shah took 1 wicket each to resitrict Kenya to 89 runs.

On the batting side, Mohammad Shahzad and Nawroz Mangal opened the match and chased the target of 90 runs in — overs without losing any wicket.

Nawroz Mangal scored 52 runs from 60 balls and remained not out, while Mohammad Shahzad was caught in Varaiya’s bowl after scoring 33 runs from 41 balls. Afghanistan lost it’s second wicket, Hashmatullah Shahidi in 15.6 overs, and was replaced by Asghar Stanekzai who scored 3 runs from 3 balls and thrashed Kenya in the first opening one day international (ODI) match.

Afghanistan can reach the World Cup for the first time if they clinch back-to-back wins over Kenya in Sharjah on Friday.

Ireland has already qualified from the competition as the top team and although the Afghans are fourth in the table of eight sides, they can overtake UAE and Netherlands with anoher One Day International (ODI) victory in Sharjah to take the second qualifying spot.

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Afghanistan defeats Kenya by 106 runs in Sharjah T20 match http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-kenya-by-106-runs-in-sharjah-t20-match-2421 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-kenya-by-106-runs-in-sharjah-t20-match-2421#comments Mon, 30 Sep 2013 18:55:07 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28873 Afghanistan defeats Kenya by 106 runs in Sharjah T20 match
Afghanistan defeated Kenya by 106 runs on Monday, during the first T20 match of Afghanistan tour of United Arab Emirates in Sharjah. The Afghanistan cricket team batsmen scored 162 runs at the run rate of 8.10 rums per over, and set a target of 163 runs for Kenya in 20 overs, by losing 6 wickets. Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan defeats Kenya by 106 runs in Sharjah T20 match

Afghanistan defeated Kenya by 106 runs on Monday, during the first T20 match of Afghanistan tour of United Arab Emirates in Sharjah.

The Afghanistan cricket team batsmen scored 162 runs at the run rate of 8.10 rums per over, and set a target of 163 runs for Kenya in 20 overs, by losing 6 wickets.

Afghan openers Mohammad Shahzad and Karim Sadiq scored 40 runs from 26 balls in their opening partnership, while Asghar Stanekzai scored 43 runs 34 balls. Mohammadi Nabi was caught by Karim in Ngohe’s ball after he scored 26 runs from 24 balls.

Samiullah Shenwari was the other Afghan batsman who made a high score of 39 runs in just 14 balls, after hitting 2 fours and 4 sixes.

Kenyan batsmen did not have a good opening after their first wicket was falled in Shahpoor Zadran’s ball in the first over of the match. AA Obanda was dismissed at the end of the first over after scoring 6 runs.

Afghanistan’s fast bowler, Hamid Hassan took three wickets in just 2 overs and by giving only 1 run, while Hamza Hotak took one wicket and Mirwais Ashraf two wickets.

The 8th wicket of Kenya fall in 13.2 overs, after SO Ngoche was run out. He scored 3 runs from 10 balls and Kenya was 41/8 when he was dismissed.

Kenya’s 9th wicket fall in 14.5 overs, after NM Odhiambo was caught out in Samiullah Shenwari’s ball. Afghanistan won the match after the last wicket of Kenya E Otieno was taken by Samiullah Shenwai in 18.4 overs. Kenyan batsmen were all out after scoring 56 runs.

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Michel Platini pledges help to Afghan football during visit to Kabul http://www.khaama.com/michel-platini-pledges-help-to-afghan-football-during-visit-to-kabul-2404 http://www.khaama.com/michel-platini-pledges-help-to-afghan-football-during-visit-to-kabul-2404#comments Sun, 22 Sep 2013 16:52:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28674 Michel Platini pledges help to Afghan football during visit to Kabul
President of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Michel Platini on Sunday arrived in Afghanistan to lend his support to the Afghanistan’s national football association. Michel Platini during his visit to Afghanistan vowed to help football grow in Afghanistan and praised Afghan football players for keeping the game alive through decades of warfare. Platini Read the full article...]]>
Michel Platini pledges help to Afghan football during visit to Kabul

President of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Michel Platini on Sunday arrived in Afghanistan to lend his support to the Afghanistan’s national football association.

Michel Platini during his visit to Afghanistan vowed to help football grow in Afghanistan and praised Afghan football players for keeping the game alive through decades of warfare.

Platini sid, “I think it was time to come and pay respect to the Afghan National Association. I am very proud to be in Afghanistan.”

He said, the Afghan football team have won matches despite the insecurity, and the football team of Afghanistan continued to play football during some difficult moments.

UEFA president vowed to help and support the Afghan national football team, however, he said the help will be made in technical fields as UEFA is not allowed to provide monetary support.

“We are not allowed to give money, but we are allowed… to help on the grassroots and with many programmes that we can do, and we will be very proud to help Afghanistan,” Platini said.

Michel Platini also met with the Afghan president Hamid Karzai and said that UEFA is ready to share their experience with the football federation of Afghanistan.

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FIFA vice-president congratulate Afghan football’s first championship http://www.khaama.com/fifa-vice-president-congratulate-afghan-footballs-first-championship-1844 http://www.khaama.com/fifa-vice-president-congratulate-afghan-footballs-first-championship-1844#comments Thu, 12 Sep 2013 05:41:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28459 FIFA vice-president congratulate Afghan football’s first championship
The vice-president of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the Prince of Jordan, Ali Bin Hussein, congratulated the Afghanistan national football team for their tough and awe-inspiring victory in South Asian Football Federation’s (SAFF) Championship. Ali Bin Hussein, who couldn’t hide his glee at the sight of the Afghans lifting the trophy said, “Heartfelt Read the full article...]]>
FIFA vice-president congratulate Afghan football’s first championship

The vice-president of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) and the Prince of Jordan, Ali Bin Hussein, congratulated the Afghanistan national football team for their tough and awe-inspiring victory in South Asian Football Federation’s (SAFF) Championship.

Ali Bin Hussein, who couldn’t hide his glee at the sight of the Afghans lifting the trophy said, “Heartfelt congratulations to my friends and colleagues in Afghanistan on winning the South Asian Football Federation’s Championship and scoring their first international football title.”

Hussein quoted by Goal Nepal magazine said, “The progress of Afghan football is an inspiration to us all.”

The Afghan team bested India 2-0 to win its first international competition on Wednesday, the South Asian Football Federation Championship, which sparked a countrywide celebrations, with Afghan players dancing on the pitch with the Afghan flag draped over their shoulders.

Restaurants around the country were packed with fans following the game on TV, as celebratory gunfire was heard in Kabul after the victory.

President Hamid Karzai also watched the Afghan National Football Team playing at SAFF championship and shared their joy of victory with the Afghan nation.

He also visited Kabul International Airport along with several high level government officials and parliament members to welcome the Afghan national football team, who arrived in the country around this morning.

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Afghanistan football team defeats India 2-0, wins SAFF title http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-football-team-defeats-india-2-0-wins-saff-title-2387 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-football-team-defeats-india-2-0-wins-saff-title-2387#comments Wed, 11 Sep 2013 16:42:59 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28456 Afghanistan football team defeats India 2-0, wins SAFF title
The Afghanistan national football team on Thursday defeated India by 2-0 during the final match of the South Asian Football Federation championship in Nepal. The first goal of the match was scored by Mustafa Azadzoi during the initial minutes of the first half, while Sanjar Ahmadi scored the second goal during the 63rd minute of Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan football team defeats India 2-0, wins SAFF title

The Afghanistan national football team on Thursday defeated India by 2-0 during the final match of the South Asian Football Federation championship in Nepal.

The first goal of the match was scored by Mustafa Azadzoi during the initial minutes of the first half, while Sanjar Ahmadi scored the second goal during the 63rd minute of the match.

A number of high level government officials including members of the parliament along with hundreds of Afghanistan fans attended the match to support the Afghanistan national football team.

The victory of the Afghan team was widely celebrated in capital Kabul as Afghanistan won it’s first international soccer title. Afghanistan also avenged it’s loss from India in SAFF Championship final two years ago.

Afghanistan was beaten 4-0 in he 2011 SAFF championship match.

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Afghanistan women’s football team defeats Kyrgyzstan http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-womens-football-team-defeats-kyrgyzstan-2367 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-womens-football-team-defeats-kyrgyzstan-2367#comments Sun, 25 Aug 2013 17:08:09 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28202 Afghanistan women’s football team defeats Kyrgyzstan
Afghanistan national women’s football team defeated the national women’s football team of Kyrgyzstan during a regional match, organized ahead of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Gold Cup. The friendly matches will be played between Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan, as part of the preparations for the upcoming SAFF Gold Cup. The Afghan women’s football Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan women’s football team defeats Kyrgyzstan

Afghanistan national women’s football team defeated the national women’s football team of Kyrgyzstan during a regional match, organized ahead of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Gold Cup.

The friendly matches will be played between Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan, as part of the preparations for the upcoming SAFF Gold Cup.

The Afghan women’s football team is expected to play it’s second friendly match against Tajikistan on Monday, the Football coach of Afghanistan, Yousuf Kargar said on Sunday.

Afghanistan defeated Kyrgyzstan by 1-0 during it’s first friendly match in Kyrgyzstan, after Sajia Sahar hit the first and only goal of the match, leading Afghanistan to 1-0 victory.

The Afghanistan women’s football team will participate in the upcoming South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Gold Cup, which is scheduled to be organized in Nepal on 31 August, and will continue until 11 September.

The friendly matches between the four nations will continue for a week, until the SAFF Gold Cup matches are started.

The Afghan team has been playing internationally since 2008 and has mostly competed against teams in the region, including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

Last year, the Afghan women’s national team, with Sahar as captain, took third place in the South Asian Football Federation tournament. During the competition, they beat their arch-rivals Pakistan 4 to 1.

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Afghanistan defeat India Under-23 cricket team by 28 runs http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeat-india-under-23-cricket-team-by-28-runs-1789 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeat-india-under-23-cricket-team-by-28-runs-1789#comments Thu, 22 Aug 2013 09:19:53 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28147 Afghanistan defeat India Under-23 cricket team by 28 runs
The Afghanistan national cricket team on Thursday defeated the India Under-23 cricket team, in Asian Cricket Council Emerging Teams Cup in Singapore. India Under-23s won the toss and elected to field first against Afghanistan in the List A match of the Asian Cricket Council Emerging Teams Cup. Afghan batsmen scored 184 runs by losing 7 Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan defeat India Under-23 cricket team by 28 runs

The Afghanistan national cricket team on Thursday defeated the India Under-23 cricket team, in Asian Cricket Council Emerging Teams Cup in Singapore.

India Under-23s won the toss and elected to field first against Afghanistan in the List A match of the Asian Cricket Council Emerging Teams Cup.

Afghan batsmen scored 184 runs by losing 7 wickets in 50 overs, with Samiullah Shenwari scoring the highest runs of 43 runs for Afghanistan, after hitting 1 Six and 5 Fours in 44 balls.

Openers Karim Sadiq and Mohammad Shahzad made a partnership of 63 runs from 147 balls, by hitting 4 fours and 1 Six. The partnership was broken after Karim Sadiq was dismissed in 20.2 overs. He scored 25 runs from 60 balls.

Afghanistan lost it’s second wicket in 29.3 overs after Mohammad Shahzad was dismissed in AR Patel’s ball, and was caught by Aparajith. Nawroz Mangal was dimissed in 34.4 overs, Mohammad Nabi in 40.2 overs, Gulbuddin Naib in 44.6 overs, and Mirwais Ashraf in 49.4 overs.

Despite missing their main strike bowler Hamid Hassan because of stiffness, the Afghan bowlers did well to restrict the Indian batsmen in 156 runs.

The Afghan captain took 3 wickets in 10 overs by giving 32 runs, while Hamza Hotak and Rahmat Shah took 2 wickets each, and Izatullah Dawlatzai, Mirwais Ashraf and Rahmat took 1 wickets each.

The India Under-23 batmens scored 156 runs in 50 overs, by losing it’s 9 wickets. India is still placed in second place in Group A above Afghanistan.

This was India’s first loss in the tournament after winning against Pakistan and Nepal in previous league games. All three teams, India, Afghanistan and Pakistan had two wins apiece but Afghanistan lost out on net run rate.

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Afghanistan beats Pakistan by 3-0 in ‘symbolic’ football clash http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-beats-pakistan-by-3-0-in-symbolic-football-clash-2358 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-beats-pakistan-by-3-0-in-symbolic-football-clash-2358#comments Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:33:10 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28092 Afghanistan beats Pakistan by 3-0 in ‘symbolic’ football clash
The Afghanistan national football team on Tuesday defeated the national football team of Pakistan by 3-0, in Afghanistan-Pakistan friendship match which organized in capital Kabul. The first goal for Afghanistan was hit by Sanjar Ahmadi during the 19th minute of match. While the second and third goal was hit during the second half of the Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan beats Pakistan by 3-0 in ‘symbolic’ football clash

The Afghanistan national football team on Tuesday defeated the national football team of Pakistan by 3-0, in Afghanistan-Pakistan friendship match which organized in capital Kabul.

The first goal for Afghanistan was hit by Sanjar Ahmadi during the 19th minute of match. While the second and third goal was hit during the second half of the match.

Ahmad Arash Atifi hit the second goal during the 53rd minute of the match, and the third goal was hit by Marul during the 71 minute of the match.

This was the first football match between the two negiboring countries during the past 36 years, that reflects a major achievement in sports sector of Afghanistan, which returns to normality after years of difficulties.

The match was attended by a number of high level government officials including parliament members, and a considerble number of Afghan women had also came to the stadium to watch the match.

The ranking of Afghanistan in FIFA is currently at 139, while Pakistan is splaced at 167.

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Afghanistan and Pakistan eager for first soccer match after 36 years http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-and-pakistan-eager-for-first-soccer-match-after-36-years-1766 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-and-pakistan-eager-for-first-soccer-match-after-36-years-1766#comments Sun, 18 Aug 2013 04:20:56 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28022 Afghanistan and Pakistan eager for first soccer match after 36 years
The Afghanistan National Football team is going to play it’s first soccer match against the National football team of Pakistan, for the first time in 36 years. Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) officials on Saturday said they were delighted at the prospect of playing their first match in Afghanistan, and hoped that the match could pave Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan and Pakistan eager for first soccer match after 36 years

The Afghanistan National Football team is going to play it’s first soccer match against the National football team of Pakistan, for the first time in 36 years.

Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) officials on Saturday said they were delighted at the prospect of playing their first match in Afghanistan, and hoped that the match could pave the way for more ties Afghanistan.

The match is scheduled to be played on Tuesday in capital kabu. “It is very exciting to send our team across the border to Afghanistan,” Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) secretary Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi told AFP.

Mr. Lodhi further added, “This match on August 20 will create history because the last time we played an international (in Afghanistan) was way back in 1977.”

He also added that excitements among the players and people was bubbling up on both sides of the border, and Pakistan is expecting to host the Afghan team next year, as it has been agreed in principal.

In the meantime, Afghanistan Football Federation secretary Sayed Aghazada called the upcoming match between the two nations, a historic and major moment for the sporting history of Afghanistan.

Mr. Aghazada further added that the first intenational match reflects a major achievement in sports sector, which returns to normality after years of difficulties.

He said the Afghan football has achieved considerable improvements in terms of organization and inftrastructure. The ranking of Afghanistan in FIFA is currently at 139, while Pakistan i splaced at 167.

The Afghan football team is expected to participate in the upcoming South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship in Nepal which runs from August 31 – September 11.

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Afghanistan defeats Nepal in ACC Emerging Teams Cup Opener http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-nepal-in-acc-emerging-teams-cup-opener-1764 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-nepal-in-acc-emerging-teams-cup-opener-1764#comments Sat, 17 Aug 2013 10:22:14 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=28015 Afghanistan defeats Nepal in ACC Emerging Teams Cup Opener
The Afghanistan national cricket team on Saturday defeated it’s arch rival Nepal by 3 runs, Asian Cricket Council emerging teams Cup in Singapore. Nepal won the toss and elected to field first against Afghanistan at Padang cricket ground. The Afghanistan batsmen were all out after 169 runs, with Asghar Stanikzao top scored 33 runs for Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan defeats Nepal in ACC Emerging Teams Cup Opener

The Afghanistan national cricket team on Saturday defeated it’s arch rival Nepal by 3 runs, Asian Cricket Council emerging teams Cup in Singapore.

Nepal won the toss and elected to field first against Afghanistan at Padang cricket ground. The Afghanistan batsmen were all out after 169 runs, with Asghar Stanikzao top scored 33 runs for Afghanistan. Likewise, opener Nawroz Mangal scored 31 runs whereas Gulbadin Naib made unbeaten 30 runs.

However, a brilliant bowling performance by Afghan bowlers helped Afghanistan to restrict Nepal to 157 in 50 overs in the opening match. Afghanistan was declared winner via Duckworth–Lewis (D/L) method.

Afghan bowlers Hamid Hassan and Mohammad Nabi took two wickets each, while Nawroz Mangal managed to take only one wicket.

Afghanistan national cricket team has played five one day internationals (ODIs) against Nepal since it begun it’sfirst international participation in cricket.

Afghanistan is on the verge of qualifying for the 50-over World Cup, and has already played the World T20 Cup twice, in 2010 and 2012.

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Afghanistan down Namibia, secures 3rd place in ICC World League Champship http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-down-namibia-secures-3rd-place-in-icc-wlc-points-table-1740 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-down-namibia-secures-3rd-place-in-icc-wlc-points-table-1740#comments Mon, 12 Aug 2013 04:16:58 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=27900 Afghanistan down Namibia, secures 3rd place in ICC World League Champship
The Afghanistan national cricket team secured third place in ICC World League Championship after it’s third consecutive win against Namibia in Windhoek on Sunday. Afghanistan defeated Namibia in the second match ICC World League Chmpionship One Day International. Previously, Afghanistan defeated Namibia in four day test series and a One Day International Match. Namibia set Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan down Namibia, secures 3rd place in ICC World League Champship

The Afghanistan national cricket team secured third place in ICC World League Championship after it’s third consecutive win against Namibia in Windhoek on Sunday.

Afghanistan defeated Namibia in the second match ICC World League Chmpionship One Day International. Previously, Afghanistan defeated Namibia in four day test series and a One Day International Match.

Namibia set a target of 194 runs by losing all their wickets in 46.2 overs, with Hamid Hassan taking 4 wickets and Hamza Hotak along Samiullah Shinwari taking 2 wickets each.

The Afghanistan batsmen completed the target of 194 runs in 32 overs by losing 5 wickets after Shahzad and Nawroz Mangal put on 106 runs together. Mohammad Shahzad scored 62 runs, Mohammad Nabi 46 runs and Nawroz Mangal 41 runs.

Mohammad Nabi smashed 20 in four balls against medium pacer Christi Viljoen and left-arm spinner Bernard Scholtz to quell Namibia’s hopes.

Namibia began well, with Xander Pitchers involved in two half-century stands, with wicketkeeper Raymond van Schoor and No. 3 Stephan Baard. Baard took over after Pitchers was stumped for 57.

Afghanistan are placed third on the World Cricket League Championship points table, with Netherlands above them. Afghanistan will play against Keyna in September and October, and will qualify for World Cup 2015 if the Afghan team defeats Kenya.

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Afghanistan defeat Namibia by 190 runs in WCL Championship http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeat-namibia-by-190-runs-in-wcl-championship-2331 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeat-namibia-by-190-runs-in-wcl-championship-2331#comments Fri, 09 Aug 2013 15:50:06 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=27845 Afghanistan defeat Namibia by 190 runs in WCL Championship
The Afghanistan National Cricket Team on Friday played it’s second match, and first One Day International against Namibia in World Cricket League Championship (WCL). Afghanistan scored 290 runs by losing 3 wickets after Namibia won the toss and elected to field, and handed Namibia a crushing 190-runs loss after Mohammad Nabi’s all-round brilliance. Today’s win Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan defeat Namibia by 190 runs in WCL Championship

The Afghanistan National Cricket Team on Friday played it’s second match, and first One Day International against Namibia in World Cricket League Championship (WCL).

Afghanistan scored 290 runs by losing 3 wickets after Namibia won the toss and elected to field, and handed Namibia a crushing 190-runs loss after Mohammad Nabi’s all-round brilliance.

Today’s win puts Afghanistan one point behind UAE in the points table by giving two more points and securing the fifth place. Afghanitan’s all-rounder Mohammad Nabi scored an unbeaten 81 off 45 balls and bagged a five-wicket haul to bowl out Naibima to 99.

Mohammad Shahzad and Karim Sadiq put together a 33.-rund in 23.3 overs, after losing Nawroz Mangal during the early minutes of the match. Sadiq scored 50 runs and was bowled, while Asghar Stanikzai scored only 12 runs, before Mohammad Nabi joined Shahzad in the 35th over.

Afghanistan was 158/3 when Mohammad Nabi joined and made a partnership of 113 runs from 130 balls by hitting four fours and five sixes which gave Afghanistan 289 runs.

The Namibian team were all out for 99 runs, and could not get any sizable partnership after Afghanistan bowler Hamid Hassan broke the oepning stand in the ninth over.

Only four of their batsmen reached double figures, Stephan Baard top-scoring with 30. Mohammad Nabi took five wickets in 8.1 overs and by giving only 12 runs.

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Afghanistan defeats Namibia in I-Cup Test match http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-namibia-in-i-cup-test-match-1734 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-defeats-namibia-in-i-cup-test-match-1734#comments Wed, 07 Aug 2013 04:16:57 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=27781 Afghanistan defeats Namibia in I-Cup Test match
The Afghanistan National Cricket Team on Tuesday defeated Namibia by 10 wickets, in their Intercontinental Cup match in Namibia. Namibia scored 358 runs in their first and second innings, while the Afghan cricket team managed to score 354 runs in it’s first innings, after ending Day 1 with 62/1 in 29 overs. They trail by Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan defeats Namibia in I-Cup Test match

The Afghanistan National Cricket Team on Tuesday defeated Namibia by 10 wickets, in their Intercontinental Cup match in Namibia.

Namibia scored 358 runs in their first and second innings, while the Afghan cricket team managed to score 354 runs in it’s first innings, after ending Day 1 with 62/1 in 29 overs.

They trail by 128 runs with 9 wickets remaining in the 1st innings. However, in Day 2 Afghanistan had looked to be in danger when three wickets fell for just 31 runs.

Nawroz Mangal went for 59 off 100 balls, 51 of which he had made on the Day 1, while Mirwais Ashraf and Rahmat Shah were dismissed one after the other in the 43rd and 44th overs.

However, Afghanistan’s lead was increased by 155 runs at the end of Day 2, after Stanikzai showed his experience and staying power and turned things around with his 127 score.

During the Day 3, Afghanistan completed its first over in the morning with the wickets of Asghar Stanikzai (127 runs) and Shapoor Zadran (7 runs) falling in 5 overs.

Afghanistan was leading by 164 runs when Namibia began its 2nd innings.

On the bowling side Afghanistan captain, Mohammad Nabi, showed off his bowling style with an excellent performance in taking 6 of Namibia’s 10 wickets for 33 runs.

The bowler of the day, however, was Izatullah Dawlatzai who took 5 wickets including a hat-trick in the 67th over. He bowled BM Scholtz for 3 runs , J Davidson (lbw) for 0 runs and MP Delport (lbw) for 0 runs in three consecutive balls and brought the Namibia innings to a speedy end. Showing his bowling talent, he had conceded only 23 runs for his 5 wickets.

This win takes Afghanistan to second place behind Ireland, with Scotland in third place on the Intercontinental Cup points table. Afghanistan is due to face Kenya in I-Cup match, and will automatically go to the finals after defeating Kenya.

Afghanistan will still remain in the final if it is defeated by Kenya and Ireland defeats Scotland.

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Afghanistan cricket team face Pakistan in first T20 match in UAE http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-team-face-pakistan-in-first-t20-match-in-uae-2303 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-team-face-pakistan-in-first-t20-match-in-uae-2303#comments Fri, 02 Aug 2013 09:08:12 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=27647 Afghanistan cricket team face Pakistan in first T20 match in UAE
The Afghan National Cricket Team will be facing the National Cricket Team of Pakistan in a T20 match in United Arab Emirates, the Afghan cricket Board (ACB) announced on Friday. The Cricket Board of Afghanistan (ACB) in a statement said, “Based on the agreement between the cricket boards of the two nations, a T20 match Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan cricket team face Pakistan in first T20 match in UAE

The Afghan National Cricket Team will be facing the National Cricket Team of Pakistan in a T20 match in United Arab Emirates, the Afghan cricket Board (ACB) announced on Friday.

The Cricket Board of Afghanistan (ACB) in a statement said, “Based on the agreement between the cricket boards of the two nations, a T20 match will be organized on 8 December this year.”

The statement furhter added that this will be the first T20 match between the first grade and second grade members of the cricket council.

United Arab Emirates has been elected as the venue of T20 match between Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the match between the two countries will coincide with the final match of major continental cup.

Chief Executive of Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) Dr. Noor Mohammad Murad said, “The cricket board administration of Afghanistan experienced new initiatives in 2013, and the ACB is still progressing towards latest initiatives.”

Dr. Murad further added that the match between the Afghanistan and Pakistan national cricket teams will give a high ferment to the national team of Afghanistan, and everyone will anxiously wait to see the match.

He said the cricket board of Afghanistan, besides the international cricket council schedules is working on a number of plans to bring new initiatives for the Afghanistan cricket in 2014.

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Afghanistan football team loses SAFF U-16 semi-finals to India http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-football-team-loses-saff-u-16-semi-finals-to-india-9080 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-football-team-loses-saff-u-16-semi-finals-to-india-9080#comments Mon, 29 Jul 2013 04:23:00 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=27521 Afghanistan football team loses SAFF U-16 semi-finals to India
The Afghanistan U-16 national football team was defeated by the Indian U-16 national team during the SAFF U16 semi-finals at Kathmandu in Nepal on Sunday. The Indian team booked their place in the Final of the championship by defeating Afghanistan 4-3 on Penalties. The momentum of the game was increased by Afghanistan during the 33rd Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan football team loses SAFF U-16 semi-finals to India

The Afghanistan U-16 national football team was defeated by the Indian U-16 national team during the SAFF U16 semi-finals at Kathmandu in Nepal on Sunday.

The Indian team booked their place in the Final of the championship by defeating Afghanistan 4-3 on Penalties.

The momentum of the game was increased by Afghanistan during the 33rd minute, however both the teams could get any goals, neither possessed any attacks as both the teams were busy in midfield batle cashing for possession.

Afghanistan’s Wazari managed to score into the right side of the post during the first shoot of the penalty shoot out, however the score was again equalized after Bedashwortakes hit a goal during the second shoot of the penalty for India.

During the second shoot of the penalty, Nasar Ahmad Nekzad managed to hit another goal which raised the score to two goals for Afghanistan and one for India, but Prosenjit Chakroborty took the shot for India, scored in bottom right side.

Surya took the fourth shot for India and scored to the bottom left corner which increased the points of India to the goals, after captain Said Jalal Hussain kicked off target right sdie of the post and his shot did not hit the goal.

Afghanistan hit it’s third goal after Sardari Amanullah scored for Afghanistan during the fourth shot of the penalty, which was followed by another goal by India’s Aaron and the score was 4 goals for India and 3 goals for Afghanistan.

The game ended in India’s favor after Mortaza under a massive pressure shot the fifth and final pentaly shoot out for Afghanistan, which didn’t hit the goal after his shot hit the cross bar.

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Afghanistan football team faces India in SAFF U16 semi-finals http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-football-team-faces-india-in-saff-u16-semi-finals-1698 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-football-team-faces-india-in-saff-u16-semi-finals-1698#comments Sun, 28 Jul 2013 06:58:11 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=27467 Afghanistan football team faces India in SAFF U16 semi-finals
The Afghanistan U-16 football team on Sunday faces India in South Asian Football Federation Championship SAFF U16 semi-finals in Nepal. Afghanistan qualified to the semifinals as group A runner ups winning one and tied on two matches, while India made it to the semifinals of the tournament winning their all two matches in group B. Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan football team faces India in SAFF U16 semi-finals

The Afghanistan U-16 football team on Sunday faces India in South Asian Football Federation Championship SAFF U16 semi-finals in Nepal.

Afghanistan qualified to the semifinals as group A runner ups winning one and tied on two matches, while India made it to the semifinals of the tournament winning their all two matches in group B.

The winner of today’s match will meet Nepal in the final of SAFF U16 championship which will be played on Tuesday.

In their opener the Afghanistan football team played goal less draw with Pakistan, which was followed by 1-1 draw against strong looking hosts.
Afghanistan took the lead against Nepal but failed to keep it till the end of the match.

Afghanistan is only two points below Nepal and three pints ahead of Pakitan after a 3-1 win over Bhutan in their third match, and made it to the next round with 5 points.

Nasar Ahmadi remains the top scorer of the tournament from Afghanistan side after hitting two goals in the tournament. The 2013 SAFF U-16 Championship is the second edition of the SAFF U-16 Championship hosted by Nepal from 20 to 30 July at Dasarath Stadium. Seven teams from the region are taking part, divided into two groups.

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Nikpa accuse Afghan Taekwondo federation of discrimination http://www.khaama.com/nikpa-accuse-afghan-taekwondo-federation-of-discrimination http://www.khaama.com/nikpa-accuse-afghan-taekwondo-federation-of-discrimination#comments Thu, 11 Jul 2013 16:03:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=27094 Nikpa accuse Afghan Taekwondo federation of discrimination
Rohullah Nikpa, one of the prominent Afghan athlete who has won two bronze medals for Afghanistan in Olympics, will not participate in World Taekwondo championships which is scheduled to be organized in Mexico. The World Taekdwondo championship is due to be organized in Mexico on 15 July, and Afghanistan will be represented by seven athletes Read the full article...]]>
Nikpa accuse Afghan Taekwondo federation of discrimination

Rohullah Nikpa, one of the prominent Afghan athlete who has won two bronze medals for Afghanistan in Olympics, will not participate in World Taekwondo championships which is scheduled to be organized in Mexico.

The World Taekdwondo championship is due to be organized in Mexico on 15 July, and Afghanistan will be represented by seven athletes together with the senior Taekwondo Federation officials.

However Rohullah Nikpa called the current situation in Afghanistan Taekwondo Federation as unorganized and complained regarding discriminatory behavior of Taekwondo Federation with certain athletes.

Rohullah Nikpa quoted by BBC said, “There are several issues. My coaches had stopped poviding trainings and we were in an uncertain situation. Their behavior had negative impact on myself and other athletes to prepare for the championships. I hope that the officials prevent discriminatory acts and consider the
federation as a national federation.”

Without collaborating further Rohullah Nikpa warned that he will never participate in the upcoming championsips if the current situation continues in Taekwondo federation of the country.
In the meantime head of the national olympics federation Mohammad Zahir Aghbar said that Rohullah Nikpa did not participate in Taekwondo champions in Mexico due to health issues.

Mohammad Zahir Aghbar in an interview with the BBC said, “Rohullah Nikpa met me around three months back and urged me to prevent him from paricipating in Mexico Taekwondo championships because he had pain in his knees, and he requested that he should be taken to Germany.”

Mohammad Zahir Aghbar also added that an incentive salary of $800 per month was considered for Rohullah Nikpa and it was approved by Afghan president Hamid Karzai.

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Afghanistan get International Cricket Council Associate membership http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-get-international-cricket-council-associate-membership-1605 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-get-international-cricket-council-associate-membership-1605#comments Sat, 29 Jun 2013 05:09:04 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=26848 Afghanistan get International Cricket Council Associate membership
According to reports the International Cricket Council (ICC) has approved an application from Afghanistan for an ICC Associate Membership. he nomination request had been sent by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) last year based on the continuous progress made by Afghanistan, and Afghanistan become the 28th country to get the status. The decision was taken Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan get International Cricket Council Associate membership

According to reports the International Cricket Council (ICC) has approved an application from Afghanistan for an ICC Associate Membership.

he nomination request had been sent by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) last year based on the continuous progress made by Afghanistan, and Afghanistan become the 28th country to get the status.

The decision was taken by the ICC at its ongoing annual conference, which ends on June 29 in London.

Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) Ceo Dr. Noor Mohammad quoted in a statement carried by ACC website said, “Afghanistan is the only country that receives the Associate membership in a short period of time in reward to the efforts Afghanistan made for the promotion of cricket.”

The Afghan Cricket Board is expected to receive an annual funding of $850,000 after receiving the associate membership which means higher funding and, importantly, more exposure for the passionate and cricket-starved players from Afghanistan.

Afghanistan was previously receiving $700,000 in annual funding from International Cricket Council.

Afghanistan became an Affiliate member of the ICC in 2001 when they travelled to Pakistan for their first tour. Afghanistan is the eighth country in the Asian region to become an Associate member after Hong Kong (1969), Kuwait (2005), Malaysia (1967), Nepal (1996), Singapore (1974), Thailand (2005) and UAE (1990).

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MMA fighter Baz Mohammad Mobarez inspires Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/mma-fighter-baz-mohammad-mobarez-inspires-afghanistan-2184 http://www.khaama.com/mma-fighter-baz-mohammad-mobarez-inspires-afghanistan-2184#comments Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:16:18 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=26594 MMA fighter Baz Mohammad Mobarez inspires Afghanistan
NATOChannel profiles Afghan Mixed Marshal Arts (MMA) champion highlighting his dedication to his sport and how he hopes sportsmen can inspire the future of his country. Baz Mohammed Mobariz is a 27-year-old MMA fighter from Kabul. A dedicated sportsman, he prides himself on his aggression and explosive power in the ring. But Baz isn’t just Read the full article...]]>
MMA fighter Baz Mohammad Mobarez inspires Afghanistan

NATOChannel profiles Afghan Mixed Marshal Arts (MMA) champion highlighting his dedication to his sport and how he hopes sportsmen can inspire the future of his country.

Baz Mohammed Mobariz is a 27-year-old MMA fighter from Kabul. A dedicated sportsman, he prides himself on his aggression and explosive power in the ring. But Baz isn’t just a fighter; he thinks that Afghan youths can harness some of their energy to become ambassadors for their country, representing Afghanistan in the ring.

Baz Mohammed is one of Afghanistan’s brightest Mixed Martial Arts stars – in a country far removed from the glitz and glamour of America’s UFC series.

The fighter who is also known as “the Eagle” says he made his move away from traditional Afghan wrestling to Mixed Martial Arts after he discovered UFC on Afghan TV.

“In the past I wrestled locally at the Pul-e Khomri stadium and was fighting in local competitions. I started watching MMA videos with my brother and practising with each other in the wrestling gym,” Baz Mohammad told NATOChannel reporter Joe Sheffer.

He said, “We didn’t really know any of the rules, but we both started MMA from there.”

The Afghan wrestler had his last bout in India, where “the Eagle” took on Egyptian kickboxing specialist Haitham Tantawy, which Baz best describes in his own words: “In my last match I felt this huge burden.”

“When I first punched my opponent in the face, his attitude changed,” he added.

Baz Mohammad said, “His eyes were puffy, his lips torn, his nose broken. I elbowed him again and again. That knocked him out. Then the medic brought the stretcher in and took him away.”

While Baz Mohammed talks tough about fighting, he is also passionate in battling for his country’s youth, which he sees as a vehicle for change in Afghanistan.

“The Afghan youths have a strong drive and they all like tough sports. I receive calls from different provinces every day showing an interest in MMA.”

While MMA is still in its infancy in a country savaged by violence outside the ring, the Afghan champ feels that battling inside the ring could bring about change.

“Afghans have the power and capability to perform well and bring achievements to their country.”

“I don’t really like talking about politics: I’m a sportsman. I don’t want to interfere in politics. But, I can tell you one thing… Afghans want peace and not war.”

Story by NATO Channel reporter Joe Sheffer in Afghanistan. 

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Afghanistan U-19 Cricket team wins Asia Elite Cup http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-u-19-cricket-team-wins-asia-elite-cup-1426 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-u-19-cricket-team-wins-asia-elite-cup-1426#comments Sat, 11 May 2013 07:34:30 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=25814 Afghanistan U-19 Cricket team wins Asia Elite Cup
The Afghanistan Under-19 Cricket Team defeated United Arab Emirates during the final match of Asia Elite Cup in Malaysia and qualified for Under-19 World Cup. Around ten nations had participated in Under-19 championship which started earlier this month in Malaysia and the championship ended with the victory of Afghanistan. United Arab Emirates (UAE) elected to Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan U-19 Cricket team wins Asia Elite Cup

The Afghanistan Under-19 Cricket Team defeated United Arab Emirates during the final match of Asia Elite Cup in Malaysia and qualified for Under-19 World Cup.

Around ten nations had participated in Under-19 championship which started earlier this month in Malaysia and the championship ended with the victory of Afghanistan.

United Arab Emirates (UAE) elected to bat first after winning the toss and scored 59 runs by losing all their batsmen in 27 Overs.

Afghanistan bowlers Zia-ur-Rahman took 4 wickets, Hashmatullah Shahidi took 3 wickets, while Zahir Shahzad and Syed Sherzad took one wickets each.

On the batting side, Afghanistan batsmen managed to chase the score in 11 Overs without losing any wicket, after Hashmatullah Shahidi and Mangal made an unbeaten partnership.

Afghanistan’s Hashmatullah Shahidi was announced as the man of the match after scoring an unbeaten 50 runs.

Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) Chief Executive Officer Shahzada Masood, ACB Executive Director Dr. Noor Mohammad Murad and other ACB officials conveyed their congratulatory message to Afghanistan for the victory of Afghanistan Under-19 cricket team in the championship.

ACB Executive Director Dr. Noor Mohammad said the Afghanistan Under-19 cricket team’s performance was outstanding and Afghanistan Cricket Board is expecting similar performance by the team during Under-19 World Cup.

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Sir Alex Ferguson retires from Manchester United after 26 years http://www.khaama.com/sir-alex-ferguson-retires-from-manchester-united-after-26-years-1416 http://www.khaama.com/sir-alex-ferguson-retires-from-manchester-united-after-26-years-1416#comments Wed, 08 May 2013 08:50:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=25748 Sir Alex Ferguson retires from Manchester United after 26 years
According to reports Sir Alex Ferguson will step down as Manchester United manager at the end of the season after 26 years in charge. Gordon McQueen, former defender in Manchester United admitted that the news will shock and devastate the club’s fans. “It would be an absolute shock if it was true,” McQueen told Goal.com. Read the full article...]]>
Sir Alex Ferguson retires from Manchester United after 26 years

According to reports Sir Alex Ferguson will step down as Manchester United manager at the end of the season after 26 years in charge.

Gordon McQueen, former defender in Manchester United admitted that the news will shock and devastate the club’s fans.

“It would be an absolute shock if it was true,” McQueen told Goal.com. “For United fans there is never a right time for Sir Alex to leave. They would be devastated. How do you replace him?

“Of course, he is not going to go on forever, but there has been no indication that he is ready to call it a day just yet,” McQueen added.

Sir Alex Ferguson is the most successful manager in the history of the British game and famously won a treble in 1999. He won astonishing 49 trophies after moving to Old Trafford in 1986 and re-built the United’s empire in spectacular fashion.

He has reportedly taken the decision to retire once and for all at the end of the season after infamously quitting 12 years ago.

Reports also suggest that Ferguson is undergoing a hip operation in the summer and that may have triggered his decision to step down.

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Pakistan vows support to develop field hockey in Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-vows-support-to-develop-field-hockey-in-afghanistan-1630 http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-vows-support-to-develop-field-hockey-in-afghanistan-1630#comments Tue, 23 Apr 2013 11:24:18 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=25362 Pakistan vows support to develop field hockey in Afghanistan
Officials in Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) announced to help foster the development of field hockey in Afghanistan. According to a statement released by Pakistan Hockey Federation, PHF has promised to give Afghanistan a place in their domestic competitions and provide equipment, resources and technical assistance. The statement carried by Pakistan’s Dawn News added, An “MoU Read the full article...]]>
Pakistan vows support to develop field hockey in Afghanistan

Officials in Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) announced to help foster the development of field hockey in Afghanistan.

According to a statement released by Pakistan Hockey Federation, PHF has promised to give Afghanistan a place in their domestic competitions and provide equipment, resources and technical assistance.

The statement carried by Pakistan’s Dawn News added, An “MoU was signed between PHF and Afghanistan Hockey Federation in which we have offered our professional support to the friendly country.”

This comes as Afghanistan raised to one-day status in Cricket in 2009 and qualified for back-to-back World Twenty20s in 2010 and 2012 after receiving similar assistance from its neighbor Pakistan during the past one decade.

Despite Afghanistan has participated in a number regional competitions in hockey filed however the sport is not as much popular as cricket and football.

Cricket became more popular among the younger generation of Afghanistan during the recent years, specifically after the return of Afghan refugees from Pakistan, who learned the game.

In the meantime Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) in its latest committments towards sports growth in Afghanistan vowed to help field hockey take root in Afghanistan.

The statement issued by PHF also added, “There is a provision of technical assistance in restructuring and reformation of the game of hockey in Afghanistan on modern scientific lines and we will do that through our resources.”

Despite the Pakistani hockey team has witnessed a slump in recent years however the country is considered to be a major force in field hockey.

Pakistan has won three Olympic titles and four world crowns in hockey championships.

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Pakistan vows support to promote cricket in Afghanistan http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-vows-support-for-the-promotion-of-cricket-in-afghanistan-2305 http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-vows-support-for-the-promotion-of-cricket-in-afghanistan-2305#comments Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:49:52 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=24493 Pakistan vows support to promote cricket in Afghanistan
Afghanistan and Pakistan Cricket Board officials on Friday signed an agreement to provide greater support for cricket in Afghanistan by training players and staff to help lift the sport in the war-torn country. Cricket is relatively a new game in Afghanistan however it is rapidly overtaking football as the most popular sport after the fall Read the full article...]]>
Pakistan vows support to promote cricket in Afghanistan

Afghanistan and Pakistan Cricket Board officials on Friday signed an agreement to provide greater support for cricket in Afghanistan by training players and staff to help lift the sport in the war-torn country.

Cricket is relatively a new game in Afghanistan however it is rapidly overtaking football as the most popular sport after the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001. The Afghanistan national cricket team has also achieved considerable success recently following back-to-back qualification in World Twenty20s in 2010 and 2012.

Afghanistan national cricket team became a member of the International Cricket Council in 2001 and in 2009 it made division one and attained one-day status.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) to provide technical and professional help, AFP reported.

According to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) officials the assistance includes game education programmes, coaching courses, skill and performance analysis, basic umpiring and groundsman courses.

The officials also added that PCB will help plan, organise and implement development programmes for players, including at the Pakistan national cricket academy in Lahore.

PCB chief operating officer Subhan Ahmad quoted by AFP said, “Actually it is Pakistan’s support that has allowed Afghanistan cricket to make rapid strides amongst the ICC’s affiliate member nations and we know that Afghanistan has the potential to go places.”

“And this would be good not just in terms of spreading the game in Afghanistan but promoting peace and harmony there by bringing people closer together.” said Ahmad.

In the meantime Afghanistan Cricket Board chief executive Noor Muhammad welcomed support for the Afghanistan cricket and called it as of the “utmost importance”.

ACB chief executive Noor Muhammad quoted by AFP said, “The recent support shall put Afghanistan cricket’s development on the fast track as our cricketers, coaches and umpires shall be able to make use of the PCB’s excellent facilities and various education programmes.”

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Messi put his golden foot on sale in Japan http://www.khaama.com/messi-put-his-golden-foot-on-sale-in-japan-2365 http://www.khaama.com/messi-put-his-golden-foot-on-sale-in-japan-2365#comments Fri, 15 Mar 2013 15:01:01 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=24305 Messi put his golden foot on sale in Japan
A solid gold replica of footballer Lionel Messi’s left foot, complete with blood vessels and the swirls of skin on the bottom of the toes, is to go on sale in Japan, a jeweller said. Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has lifted many gold trophies, including two Golden Boots. Now the prolific goal-scorer’s foot has been Read the full article...]]>
Messi put his golden foot on sale in Japan

A solid gold replica of footballer Lionel Messi’s left foot, complete with blood vessels and the swirls of skin on the bottom of the toes, is to go on sale in Japan, a jeweller said.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi has lifted many gold trophies, including two Golden Boots. Now the prolific goal-scorer’s foot has been cast in solid gold.

At this point in his career, it is easy to argue that Barça’s Lionel Messi is currently the best player in professional soccer right now. However, not many would have guessed being the best meant people wanted a solid gold replica of his bare foot.

In 2012, Japanese jeweler Ginza Tanaka made a cast of the Argentine striker’s foot. From that cast, Tanaka created the golden foot to commemorate Messi winning his fourth consecutive Ballon d’Or.

The foot went on sale for about 500 million (about US $5.2 million) along with 50 limited edition Messi footprint plates made of 300 grams of gold each, which will cost 8.75 million yen (about US $93,000).

Messi’s eldest brother, Rodrigo Messi, was on hand for the unveiling in Tokyo, and said, “It’s amazing that you can make an object so well, with an exceptional mold, which shows every feature of Leo’s foot.”

Part of the proceeds from the sale will go to Messi’s children’s foundation.

A solid gold replica of footballer Lionel Messi’s left foot, complete with blood vessels and the swirls of skin on the bottom of the toes, is to go on sale in Japan, a jeweller said Wednesday.

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Afghanistan rises in FIFA football ranking, tops South Asia http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-rises-in-fifa-football-ranking-tops-south-asia-2272 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-rises-in-fifa-football-ranking-tops-south-asia-2272#comments Thu, 14 Mar 2013 16:43:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=24272 Afghanistan rises in FIFA football ranking, tops South Asia
According to updated FIFA ranking, the recent successes of Afghanistan in the AFC Challenge Cup 2014 qualifiers have seen them making the biggest move in the latest edition of the FIFA World Ranking. Afghanistan rises to its highest place, up 48 spots to 141st, after victories in AFC Challenge Cup matches. Also climbing up the Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan rises in FIFA football ranking, tops South Asia

According to updated FIFA ranking, the recent successes of Afghanistan in the AFC Challenge Cup 2014 qualifiers have seen them making the biggest move in the latest edition of the FIFA World Ranking.

Afghanistan rises to its highest place, up 48 spots to 141st, after victories in AFC Challenge Cup matches. Also climbing up the ladder are fellow qualifiers Palestine (three places up to the 150th position) and Myanmar (nine places up to the 155th position).

World and European champion Spain remains atop the FIFA rankings heading  Germany, Argentina, England and Italy. Colombia is alone in sixth with Portugal dropping from a tie into seventh, as results in the four-year cycle lost value in the calculations.

Japan currently are the top AFC team lying 26 in world while top 5 in world remained unchanged.

In the recently held AFC Challenge Cup 2014 qualifiers, Afghanistan defeated Sri Lanka and Mongolia by identical 1-0 scores, but were held by hosts Laos 1-1, to qualify for the tournament proper as Group C leaders.

The 2014 edition of the AFC Challenge Cup will be featured in 2014 after the five group winners along with the two best second-placed sides and host Maldieves.

The two other groups of the AFC Challenge Cup are expected to later this month however Afghanistan will join fellow group winners Palestine nd Myanmar.

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Scotland suffer crushing defeat by Afghanistan cricket team http://www.khaama.com/scotland-suffer-crushing-defeat-by-afghanistan-cricket-team-2271 http://www.khaama.com/scotland-suffer-crushing-defeat-by-afghanistan-cricket-team-2271#comments Thu, 14 Mar 2013 16:23:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=24267 Scotland suffer crushing defeat by Afghanistan cricket team
The Afghanistan national cricket team recorded its fifth consecutive win in ICC Intercontinental Cup in UAE after giving Scotland a crushing defeat. Afghanistan has already won two Twenty20 matches and two one-day internationals against the Scotland and recorded its fifth win after the Scots, who closed day two with a wicket reaming,  lost by an Read the full article...]]>
Scotland suffer crushing defeat by Afghanistan cricket team

The Afghanistan national cricket team recorded its fifth consecutive win in ICC Intercontinental Cup in UAE after giving Scotland a crushing defeat.

Afghanistan has already won two Twenty20 matches and two one-day internationals against the Scotland and recorded its fifth win after the Scots, who closed day two with a wicket reaming,  lost by an innings and five runs in Abu Dhabi.

The Scotland’s fate was sealed by Afghanistan’s Dawlat Zadran on 16, after Gordon Drummond’s resistance was broken.

Afghans managed to lead the first innings by 150 runs after completing 275 runs, with Rahmat Shah making a patient 67 runs not out but Scotland could stutter to 144 for nine in reply despite a valiant 57 from the opener Kyle Coetzer.

The Scot’s skipper Gordon Drummong remained not out after scoring 16 runs after having only support from tailender Safyaan Sharif, who is unbeated on 10.

Scotland could only manage a hugely disappointing 125 all out during the day one batting after Scotland’s Rober Taylor managed to score the highest runs of 48 unbeaten.

On the bowling side Afghanistan’s Izatullah Dawlatzai took six witkcets for the loss of just 38 runs from a 12-over spell and gave most of the damage to Scotland’s batting order.

Izatullah Dawlatzai once again started an aggressive bowling on day two after bagging five more Scottish wickets from 15 overs.

On the batting side Afghanistan’s Shah made 67 runs from 196 balls, which made 150 runs for Afghanistan by losing 4 wickets. Asghar Stanikzai and Mohammad Shahzad each made 41 at a much more rapid rate of knots.

The Scottish batsmen lost Josh Davey in the third over of their second innings despite they needed a strong start in the reply. Batsmen Matt Machan, Richie Berrington, Majid Haq and Calum MacLeod all fell in quick succession to leave the visitors tottering on 44 for five after 15 overs.

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Afghanistan records its 4th consecutive win against Scotland http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-records-its-4th-consecutive-win-against-scotland-2253 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-records-its-4th-consecutive-win-against-scotland-2253#comments Fri, 08 Mar 2013 15:35:11 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=24006 Afghanistan records its 4th consecutive win against Scotland
The Afghanistan national cricket team on Friday recorded its fourth consecutive win after defeating scotland with a five-wicket victory in the second of two One-Day Internationsl in Sharjah. Today’s victory against Scotland puts Afghanistan national cricket team on points with leadrs United Arab Emirates and Ireland in the ICC World Cricket League Championship, from which Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan records its 4th consecutive win against Scotland

The Afghanistan national cricket team on Friday recorded its fourth consecutive win after defeating scotland with a five-wicket victory in the second of two One-Day Internationsl in Sharjah.

Today’s victory against Scotland puts Afghanistan national cricket team on points with leadrs United Arab Emirates and Ireland in the ICC World Cricket League Championship, from which the top two teams qualify for the 2015 World Cup.

Scotland posted a competitive 259 for nine after Kyle Coetzer scored a brilliant 133 however the Afghan team managed to overhaul their target by making 261 with eight balls to spare.

Afghan captain Mohammad Nabi scored 51 runs as Mohammad Shahzad (48) and Nawroz Mangal (30) put on 63 together before Shahzad became Leicestershire bowler Rob Taylor’s maiden international wicket on debut.

On the bowling side Samiullah Shenwari took three for 42, Dawlat Zadran two for 47 and Nabi two for 53.

Afghanistan cricket team is expecting to make it a complete clean sweep when the two sides begin their ICC Intercontinental cup match on Tuesday, 12 March.

So far Afghanistan has won both Twenty20 matches and the two One-Day Internationals against Scotland.

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Afghanistan soccer team qualifies for AFC Challenge Cup finals http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-soccer-team-qualifies-for-afc-challenge-cup-finals-2249 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-soccer-team-qualifies-for-afc-challenge-cup-finals-2249#comments Wed, 06 Mar 2013 16:30:22 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=23951 Afghanistan soccer team qualifies for AFC Challenge Cup finals
Afghanistan national soccer team successfully managed to reach AFC Challenge Cup finals after achieving further points by defeating Laos soccer team on Wednesday. Afghanistan faced Laos at 4:30 pm Afghanistan time and the match ended in the favor of Afghanistan after the two teams managed to hit one goal each during 90 minutes play time. Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan soccer team qualifies for AFC Challenge Cup finals

Afghanistan national soccer team successfully managed to reach AFC Challenge Cup finals after achieving further points by defeating Laos soccer team on Wednesday.

Afghanistan faced Laos at 4:30 pm Afghanistan time and the match ended in the favor of Afghanistan after the two teams managed to hit one goal each during 90 minutes play time.

The first goal of the match was hit by Laos soccer player however Afghanistan’s Arash Atifi managed to balance the game after hitting a goal during the second half of the match.

The game became more sensitive after the empire of the match give a red card to Afghan captain Jalal Shariyat which was followed by the objection of the Afghan coach Yousuf Kargar where he also received a red card.

Afghanistan national football team faced Srilanka, Mongolia and Laos in Group C of AFC Challenge Cup, and successfully managed to reach the finals after defeating the three teams.

Around 20 teams are playing in AFC Challenge Cup in four groups and qualification of Afghanistan team in the finals has been confimed after defeating Laos today.

Afghanistan is also going to face top eight teams of AFC Challenge Cup in Maldives in 2014, and will for the first time face top teams of Asia if Afghanistan qualifies in Maldives tournament.

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Afghanistan beat Scotland in one-day World Cup qualifier http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-beat-scotland-in-one-day-world-cup-qualifier-2248 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-beat-scotland-in-one-day-world-cup-qualifier-2248#comments Wed, 06 Mar 2013 15:59:14 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=23948 Afghanistan beat Scotland in one-day World Cup qualifier
The Afghanistan national cricket team on Wednesday won the first one-day World Cup qualification match against the Scotland in Sharjah. Nawroz Mangal’s unbeaten 112 runs led Afghanistan team to successfully chase the target and Scotland suffered a seven-wichet defeat by Afghanistan. Scotland scored 199 runs by losing eight wickets with Richie Berrington top-scoring on 51 Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan beat Scotland in one-day World Cup qualifier

The Afghanistan national cricket team on Wednesday won the first one-day World Cup qualification match against the Scotland in Sharjah.

Nawroz Mangal’s unbeaten 112 runs led Afghanistan team to successfully chase the target and Scotland suffered a seven-wichet defeat by Afghanistan.

Scotland scored 199 runs by losing eight wickets with Richie Berrington top-scoring on 51 however the Afghan team managed to control the game after Navroz Mangal hit six imprssive sixes.

Afghanistn cricket team has nine points while Scotland remains second in the behind Ireland having 11 pionts, and Netherlands along with UAE have a gain in hand are just one point behind.

Afghanistan’s Samullah Shinwari remained not out after scoring 55 runs supporting the explosive hitting of opener Navroz Mangal and the two teams are once again going to have another match on Friday.

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Afghanistan beats Mongolia by 1-0 in AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-beats-mongolia-by-1-0-in-afc-challenge-cup-qualifiers-15498 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-beats-mongolia-by-1-0-in-afc-challenge-cup-qualifiers-15498#comments Mon, 04 Mar 2013 11:33:09 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=23845 Afghanistan beats Mongolia by 1-0 in AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers
The Afghanistan National Football Team on Monday recorded its second consequential victory in AFC Challenge Cup at Sri Lanka after defeating Mongolia by 1-0. Bilal Arezou once again opened the goal of Mongolia to lead Afghanistan national football team in its second victory at AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers. In the opening fixture in Group of Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan beats Mongolia by 1-0 in AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers

The Afghanistan National Football Team on Monday recorded its second consequential victory in AFC Challenge Cup at Sri Lanka after defeating Mongolia by 1-0.

Bilal Arezou once again opened the goal of Mongolia to lead Afghanistan national football team in its second victory at AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers.

In the opening fixture in Group of the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup qualifiers, Afghanistan’s Bilal Arezou helped the Afghan national football team to record a 1-0 victory over Sri Lanka on Saturday.

Palying in Laos National Stadium, Arezou scored on the stroke of half-time and his goal proved to be winner with inaugural AFC Challenge Cup.

Afghan national football team stands at 189th position in FIFA ranking after achieving great success and growth during the recent years.

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Afghanistan beats Sri Lanka by 1-0 in AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-beats-sri-lanka-by-1-0-in-afc-challenge-cup-qualifiers-12544 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-beats-sri-lanka-by-1-0-in-afc-challenge-cup-qualifiers-12544#comments Sat, 02 Mar 2013 14:10:36 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=23749 Afghanistan beats Sri Lanka by 1-0 in AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers
Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka by 1-0 in its first match at the AFC Challenge Cup played from 13:00 to 15:00 at Laos on Saturday. The goal was scored by Afghan striker Bilal Arezo at 45th minute of the first half. Afghanistan will play with Mongolia on Monday. Afghanistan has played seven times with Sri Lanka Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan beats Sri Lanka by 1-0 in AFC Challenge Cup Qualifiers

Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka by 1-0 in its first match at the AFC Challenge Cup played from 13:00 to 15:00 at Laos on Saturday.

The goal was scored by Afghan striker Bilal Arezo at 45th minute of the first half.

Afghanistan will play with Mongolia on Monday.

Afghanistan has played seven times with Sri Lanka where Afghanistan had five wins, one draw and one lose.

Afghanistan National Football Team started to play well in last years and they have hope for good results for incoming years. They are standing at 189th position in FIFA Ranking.

Afghanistan National Cricket and Football teams have had great success and growth in the past years.

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The cricket board of Afghanistan has called for the BCCI to provide more support to Afghanistan cricket, highlighting England’s support for their neighbouring Associate nations. Kabir Khan, the Afghanistan coach said, “If you look at England they go out of their way to support the associate cricket nations in their region, which include Holland, Ireland Read the full article...]]>
Afghan coach seek BCCI support to develop cricket in Afghanistan

The cricket board of Afghanistan has called for the BCCI to provide more support to Afghanistan cricket, highlighting England’s support for their neighbouring Associate nations.

Kabir Khan, the Afghanistan coach said, “If you look at England they go out of their way to support the associate cricket nations in their region, which include Holland, Ireland and Scotland.”

“They allow their players to play in their county and league system, while giving them valuable assistance through various coaching programmes.” Khan said adding that “In comparison, South Asia has four Test-playing nations – Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh – [yet despite this] we don’t get the same kind of support, except for Pakistan. India has the influence and money to do a lot for Afghanistan cricket if they wanted. But so far we are still waiting.

He also added, “There’s a lot of passion for cricket in Afghanistan, and there are good players, but we suffer mainly because we don’t have a domestic cricket structure. We don’t get enough matches in this region.”

The Afghanistan team is currently in Lahore for a month-long conditional camp which also includes a series of matches against Pakistan A and several regional sides. The team trained at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, where they were granted access to all facilities and coaches at hand.

The Afghan cricket team is due to play against Scotland in the ICC League series 4-day match apart from 2 ODIs and one T20 in preparation for World T20 next year. It has set its sights on the 2015 World Cup to be jointly hosted by Australia and New Zealand.

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Cristiano Ronaldo donate €100,000 to Afghan landmine victims http://www.khaama.com/cristiano-ronaldo-donate-e100000-to-afghan-landmine-victims-2198 http://www.khaama.com/cristiano-ronaldo-donate-e100000-to-afghan-landmine-victims-2198#comments Fri, 15 Feb 2013 10:37:40 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=23305 Cristiano Ronaldo donate €100,000 to Afghan landmine victims
According to International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) officials Soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo is donating 100,000 euros ($134,600) on behalf of UEFA to help rehabilitate Afghans who have lost limbs, mostly landmine victims. ICRC officials further added that the Real Madrid and Portugal forward – who has featured a record seven times in the Read the full article...]]>
Cristiano Ronaldo donate €100,000 to Afghan landmine victims

According to International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) officials Soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo is donating 100,000 euros ($134,600) on behalf of UEFA to help rehabilitate Afghans who have lost limbs, mostly landmine victims.

ICRC officials further added that the Real Madrid and Portugal forward – who has featured a record seven times in the uefa.com user’s poll for Team of the Year – has contributed to the ICRC’s network of seven orthopedic centers in Afghanistan for the second time.

Ronaldo, who was to present the check before kick-off in Madrid on Wednesday night ahead of the Champion’s League match against his former team Manchester United said, “For me it’s a great honor to be able to help others, and it makes me extremely happy to do so.”

He donated a similar amount in 2008 to the ICRC on behalf of UEFA and more than 90,000 mine victims and other disabled people in the war-torn country since 1988.

Argentina and Barcelona striker Lionel Messi, who won his fourth successive Ballon d’Or last month, edging out Ronaldo, as well as Xavi Hernandez and Carles Puyol have also donated their UEFA awards to the ICRC program.

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Afghanistan’s Hamid Hassan plays for Bangladesh Premier League http://www.khaama.com/afghanistans-hamid-hassan-plays-for-bangladesh-premier-league-1323 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistans-hamid-hassan-plays-for-bangladesh-premier-league-1323#comments Sun, 03 Feb 2013 05:35:19 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=22839 Afghanistan’s Hamid Hassan plays for Bangladesh Premier League
According to reports Bangladeshi club Barisal Burners has bought Afghanistan’s first-class cricketer Hamid Hassan to appear in Bangladesh premier league. Hamid Hassan is currently playing for the Afghanistan National Cricket team. He has reportedly moved to Banladesh after signing with Barisal Burners to play this season’s Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). The Afghan player has signed Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan’s Hamid Hassan plays for Bangladesh Premier League

According to reports Bangladeshi club Barisal Burners has bought Afghanistan’s first-class cricketer Hamid Hassan to appear in Bangladesh premier league.

Hamid Hassan is currently playing for the Afghanistan National Cricket team.

He has reportedly moved to Banladesh after signing with Barisal Burners to play this season’s Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

The Afghan player has signed the contract against $40,000, media reports suggest. Hamid Hassan had signed a similar contract with Barisal Burners last year however he could not continue and ended up playing due to his injuries.

The right-arm fast bowler was the first Afghan to play at the Lord’s Cricket Grounds in London.

Mohammad Nabi Essakhel, Shahpoor Zadran, and Samiullah Shinwari are other national cricketers who are currently playing in the BPL.

In June 2007, Hamid Hassan became the first Afghanistan cricketer ever to play at Lord’s when he took 1 for 23 representing MCC against a select Europe XI.

Hamid Hassan’s bowling with a smooth and athletic run-up surprises batsmen and has a natural full-of-a-length delivery and has begun to swing the ball both ways.

Little more than 6ft tall, a reasonable tail-ender and with excellent hands in the outfield, Hassan – softly spoken yet fiercely ambitious – represents the talent which exists in Afghanistan.

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Shahid Afridi to feature in Pak-Afghan cricket matches http://www.khaama.com/shahid-afridi-to-feature-in-pak-afghan-cricket-matches-1309 http://www.khaama.com/shahid-afridi-to-feature-in-pak-afghan-cricket-matches-1309#comments Wed, 30 Jan 2013 08:11:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=22725 Shahid Afridi to feature in Pak-Afghan cricket matches
Shahid Afridi Pakistan’s senior all-rounded is due to feature in the upcoming one-day and Twenty20 fixtures against Afghanistan during their four-week long training tour of Pakistan in a bid to regain his winning form, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced. According to PCB officials, Afridi – who was a part of Pakistan’s Twenty20 squad against India Read the full article...]]>
Shahid Afridi to feature in Pak-Afghan cricket matches

Shahid Afridi Pakistan’s senior all-rounded is due to feature in the upcoming one-day and Twenty20 fixtures against Afghanistan during their four-week long training tour of Pakistan in a bid to regain his winning form, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced.

According to PCB officials, Afridi – who was a part of Pakistan’s Twenty20 squad against India last month – was included in the Pakistan A team, which is scheduled to play eight one-day and four Twenty20 matches next month.

While the tourists are preparing for their international assignments including the World Cup qualifiers, the PCB selectors felt the upcoming matches could be utilised by giving a chance to its national cricketers who have been out of high-profile action for a while, The Express Tribune reported.

PCB selector quoted by The Express Tribune said, “The purpose of including Afridi in the team is to provide him match practice. We have also included other national cricketers like Wahab Riaz in the squad.”

However, the selector made it clear that the performance of players in the upcoming matches against Afghanistan would not necessarily lead to their selection for the forthcoming One-Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 series against South Africa.

Afghanistan cricket team led by Nawroz Mangal and coached by kabir Khan has already reached Lahore for a four week stay. During their visit, the Affhan team will play eight ODIs and four T20 matches against Pakistan A and other sides.

No test playing nation has toured Pakistan since 2009, when gunmen attacked Sri Lanka’s team bus convoy at Lahore, killing six police officials and a van driver.

Apart from Afghanistan’s three key players — fast bowler Shahpoor Zadran, former captain Mohammad Nabi and Samiullah Shinwari — Khan said the top 22 Afghan players had all come to Pakistan.

Afghanistan have ODI status till 2015 and have been using Sharjah Cricket Stadium as their home ground since 2010 due to a lack of cricketing infrastructure in the country. They are now looking to shift base to Pakistan.

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Afghanistan beat Qatar 7-3 in Asian Beach Soccer qualifiers http://www.khaama.com/afgahistan-beat-qatar-7-3-in-asian-beach-soccer-qualifiers-1280 http://www.khaama.com/afgahistan-beat-qatar-7-3-in-asian-beach-soccer-qualifiers-1280#comments Wed, 23 Jan 2013 06:44:18 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=22473 Afghanistan beat Qatar 7-3 in Asian Beach Soccer qualifiers
Afghanistan’s national beach soccer team has trounced Qatar 7-3 in the opening match of Asia qualifying for the 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup. On Tuesday, the Afghans finished the match at the Katara Beach in the Qatari capital Doha with a 7-3 lead after playing against host Qatar during the first and second the Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan beat Qatar 7-3 in Asian Beach Soccer qualifiers

Afghanistan’s national beach soccer team has trounced Qatar 7-3 in the opening match of Asia qualifying for the 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup.

On Tuesday, the Afghans finished the match at the Katara Beach in the Qatari capital Doha with a 7-3 lead after playing against host Qatar during the first and second the second period.

The FIFA World Cup 2022 hosts now have a tough qualification on hand now having lost their first match in the 16-nation tournament.

The Nenem coached side have to win both their group matches to keep their slender hopes alive.

Qatar and Afghanistan are taking part in the Asian qualifiers for the first time. The first-place teams from each of the four groups advance to the semifinals.

This edition of the AFC Beach Soccer Championship will see a record participation of 16 teams, further illustrating the increasing popularity of beach soccer across the region. A host of challengers, some new to the event and others looking to improve on past performances, will be aiming to usurp continental heavyweights like Japan, Iran, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Oman on the road to Tahiti 2013.

In the build-up to the big event in Doha, FIFA.com takes a closer look at the participating teams and assesses their chances of appearing on the world stage this September.

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Afghan cricket team visits Pakistan for 4 weeks tour http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-team-visits-pakistan-1274 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-team-visits-pakistan-1274#comments Tue, 22 Jan 2013 10:10:12 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=22435 Afghan cricket team visits Pakistan for 4 weeks tour
The Afghan National Cricket Team led by captain Nawroz Mangal and coach Kabir Khan has reached to Lahor city of Pakistan for a four week stay. Afghan team is expected to face the Pakistan A and other sides during their stay to Pakistan and will play at least eight ODIs and four T20 matches. Pakistan Read the full article...]]>
Afghan cricket team visits Pakistan for 4 weeks tour

The Afghan National Cricket Team led by captain Nawroz Mangal and coach Kabir Khan has reached to Lahor city of Pakistan for a four week stay.

Afghan team is expected to face the Pakistan A and other sides during their stay to Pakistan and will play at least eight ODIs and four T20 matches.

Pakistan Cricket Board director Intikhab Alam quoted by First Post said, “It is a four-week program for which Afghanistan has come to Pakistan. They will be using our facilities at the National Cricket Academy and also our coaches. Besides playing eight ODI matches and four T20 matches.”

He said the PCB was happy to host the Afghanistan side. “The good news is that we are also in the process of negotiating with two or three countries to come to Pakistan soon,” he said. The former captain said there was also a proposal to allow Afghanistan to take part regularly in Pakistan’s national T20 and ODI competitions so that their players could improve their skills.

In the meantime Afghan coach Kabir Khan said, “Coming to Pakistan means that our players get to play against tough competition and get quality facilities and coaching at the NCA.”

He said the tour was in preparation for the qualifying rounds of the ICC World Cup in March and also a series against Scotland. “But our main emphasis remains on preparing a strong squad for the T20 World Cup which will be held in 2014.”

Afghanistan captain, Nauroze Mangal said Pakistan had always supported Afghanistan cricket but the same sort of support was still required from other Test playing nations.

“Cricket is followed passionately in our country that is why we are focusing and investing a lot in this sport. We have good talent coming up but we have just two grounds and no academy. That is why we have come to Pakistan,” he said.

No test playing nation has toured Pakistan since 2009, when gunmen attacked Sri Lanka’s team bus convoy at Lahore, killing six police officials and a van driver.

Apart from Afghanistan’s three key players — fast bowler Shahpoor Zadran, former captain Mohammad Nabi and Samiullah Shinwari — Khan said the top 22 Afghan players had all come to Pakistan.

Afghanistan have ODI status till 2015 and have been using Sharjah Cricket Stadium as their home ground since 2010 due to a lack of cricketing infrastructure in the country. They are now looking to shift base to Pakistan.

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Etisalat East Regional Volleyball Championship http://www.khaama.com/etisalat-east-regional-volleyball-championship-1248 http://www.khaama.com/etisalat-east-regional-volleyball-championship-1248#comments Wed, 16 Jan 2013 06:17:13 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=22244 Etisalat East Regional Volleyball Championship
The Afghan volleyball federation in cooperation with the Etisalat Telecom Afghanistan organized volleyball championship for eastern zone in a bid to select the best teams from east zone for champions` league that will be held in Kabul in March. The tournament started on 14 January in Jalalabad where teams from Jalalabad, Laghman and Kunar provinces Read the full article...]]>
Etisalat East Regional Volleyball Championship

The Afghan volleyball federation in cooperation with the Etisalat Telecom Afghanistan organized volleyball championship for eastern zone in a bid to select the best teams from east zone for champions` league that will be held in Kabul in March.

The tournament started on 14 January in Jalalabad where teams from Jalalabad, Laghman and Kunar provinces had participated.

Marif played against Speenghar and Laghaman A played against Laghman B on the first day of the five days tournament on Monday in Shah-e-Bagh ground.

Dr. Younus, Afghanistan Volleyball Federation president said, “We had a good start for the tournament, the teams seem well prepared and competitions will be tough.” He further added “Such tournaments pave the way for young talents to come forward and introduce themselves to the sport society of Afghanistan. I would like to thank etisalat for their support and interest in promoting sports and specifically volleyball in Afghanistan.”

Volleyball is a widespread sport in Afghanistan, the love of people for this game has made it popular across the country. Almost in every city and village, there are volleyball grounds where local teams play on regular bases. In some parts of Afghanistan the game is also played among afghans to mark the special occasions like Nawroz and Eid.

Etisalat Afghanistan has been the official sponsor of Afghanistan volleyball federation for the past years. The company has also been the official sponsor of Afghanistan cycling federation, Afghanistan national cricket team and Buzkashi federation. In addition to this, etisalat has had tremendous contribution in areas of education, health and society welfare.

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Afghanistan National Cricket Team Wins Etisalat Cup http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-national-cricket-team-wins-etisalat-cup-1228 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-national-cricket-team-wins-etisalat-cup-1228#comments Wed, 09 Jan 2013 08:55:56 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=22109 Afghanistan National Cricket Team Wins Etisalat Cup
The Afghanistan National Cricket team won Etisalat Cup, a series organized by the Afghanistan Cricket Board and Etisalat Telecom Company. The three One Day Matches between the two teams were organized in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. The first match of the series was organized in Amanullah khan cricket stadium, Jalalabad, on 2 January 2013. Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan National Cricket Team Wins Etisalat Cup

The Afghanistan National Cricket team won Etisalat Cup, a series organized by the Afghanistan Cricket Board and Etisalat Telecom Company.

The three One Day Matches between the two teams were organized in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The first match of the series was organized in Amanullah khan cricket stadium, Jalalabad, on 2 January 2013. Afghanistan National Cricket Team successfully completed the target of 192 runs, set by the Afghanistan A Team by losing their 7 wickets.

However the Afghanistan National Cricket Team could not chase the target during the second One Day match organized in Jalalabad city on 4 January 2013. Afghanistan A Team decided to bat first after winning the toss and set a target of 158 runs while Afghanistan Cricket Team were all out by scoring 116 runs.

The Afghanistan A Team also bat first after the winning the toss during the third and final One Day match organized on 6 January 2013. Afghanistan National Cricket Team easily chased the target of 160 runs set by the Afghanistan A Team by losing all of their wickets in 30 overs.

Afghanistan National Cricket Team captain Nawroz Mangal scored 107 runs and was chosen as the man of the match. The series was won 2-1 by the Afghanistan Natioanl Cricket Team.

The winner team received 50,000 Afs and the runner up team received 25,000 Afs from the Etisalat Telecom Company during a closing ceremony attended by Deputy governor of Jalalabad, ACB chairman and some high ranking officials.

 “First of all I would like to congratulate both the teams for their outstanding performances. Secondly, On behalf of the ACB and the people of Afghanistan, I would like to thank etisalat for organizing this series and their interest in empowering sports in our country.” said ACB chairman.

 “It was a very exciting series, we had the chance to play with our national team. I would like to thank etisalat Afghanistan for their usual support, they have always stand by us and have provided great opportunities where we can improve our game.” Said Fazal Niazi, A team captain.

Cricket is relatively a new sport in Afghanistan however it become more popular following remarkable achievements by the Afghanistan National Cricket Team during the recent years, attracting millions of Afghans as fans across the country.

Being the official sponsor of the Afghanistan National Cricket Team, Etisalat Telecom Company organized a similar sports camp in eastern Jalalabad city last year, which was warmly welcomed by thousands of Afghan athletes and local residents.

Etisalat Afghanistan is part of Etisalat Telecommunications Group, headquartered in UAE, one of the largest telecommunications group in the world. The company is the first telecom company to launch 3.75G services in Afghanistan.

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Lionel Messi becomes player of the year for the fourth time http://www.khaama.com/lionel-messi-becomes-player-of-the-year-for-the-fourth-time-1224 http://www.khaama.com/lionel-messi-becomes-player-of-the-year-for-the-fourth-time-1224#comments Tue, 08 Jan 2013 11:22:26 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=22096 Lionel Messi becomes player of the year for the fourth time
Lionel Messi has won an unprecedented fourth, consecutive, Ballon d’Or at a FIFA gala in Zurich. The 25-year-old took the honour ahead of Barcelona team-mate Andres Iniesta and Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo at an awards ceremony in Zurich. Lionel Messi finished 2012 on 91 goals in 69 games. He began 2013 by winning the Read the full article...]]>
Lionel Messi becomes player of the year for the fourth time

Lionel Messi has won an unprecedented fourth, consecutive, Ballon d’Or at a FIFA gala in Zurich.

The 25-year-old took the honour ahead of Barcelona team-mate Andres Iniesta and Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo at an awards ceremony in Zurich.

Lionel Messi finished 2012 on 91 goals in 69 games. He began 2013 by winning the Fifa Ballon d’Or (with 41.6% of the votes), Cristiano Ronaldo (23.7%) came second and Andrés Iniesta (10.9%) third.

Messi and former French star, UEFA president Michel Platini, had been the only players to win three straight Ballon d’Or awards while Dutch greats Johan Cruyff and Marco Van Basten both won the accolade on three occasions.

Messi, wearing a polka-dotted dinner jacket and matching bow tie said, “To tell you the truth this is really quite unbelievable. The fourth award that I have had is just too great for words.

“I would like to recognise my other colleagues from Barcelona; Andres it has been great to train and play alongside you”, he said.

“I would also like to recognise all of my friends in the Argentinian national team, everyone that has worked with me, coaches and staff and my family and my friends. Also my wife and my son. Thank you.”

Months of speculation slowly gave way to a growing realisation, especially as the European Championship was left behind and Messi accelerated towards the end of the year: it was going to be him again. He scored twice in each of eight successive games and they were almost all goals of barely plausible brilliance; when he scored only once in his final game of 2012, it was as if he had underachieved.

On Monday night, finally it was confirmed. “The good thing about the Ballon d’Or is that it’s being handed out tomorrow,” the Barcelona coach, Tito Vilanova, had said the night before. Everyone could get on with their lives, talk about something else for a change.

Messi’s success crowned another landmark year for the Argentine who is already the top scorer in La Liga for the ongoing season with 25 goals, having also broken Gerd Mueller’s 40-year record for the most goals in a calendar year.

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Sachin Tendulkar announces retirement from ODIs http://www.khaama.com/sachin-tendulkar-announces-retirement-from-odis-1154 http://www.khaama.com/sachin-tendulkar-announces-retirement-from-odis-1154#comments Sun, 23 Dec 2012 06:32:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=21622 Sachin Tendulkar announces retirement from ODIs
One of the game’s all-time greats, Sachin Tendulkar, on Sunday announced his retirement from one-day cricket, bringing to an end a glorious 23-year-old career in the format during which he rewrote numerous batting records, Times of India reported. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) released Sachin’s statement on the day when team Read the full article...]]>
Sachin Tendulkar announces retirement from ODIs

One of the game’s all-time greats, Sachin Tendulkar, on Sunday announced his retirement from one-day cricket, bringing to an end a glorious 23-year-old career in the format during which he rewrote numerous batting records, Times of India reported.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) released Sachin’s statement on the day when team for Pakistan series was to be announced.

“I have decided to retire from the One Day format of the game. I feel blessed to have fulfilled the dream of being part of a World Cup wining Indian team,” Tendulkar said in his statement to BCCI chief N Srinivasan.

“Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar announces retirement from the one day format of the game,” the BCCI tweeted on Sunday morning.

Speculations were rife as to whether Tendulkar will announce his retirement following a string of failures in Test cricket. He had earlier said that he will consider his cricketing future in November.

Tendulkar, considered the most complete batsman in modern cricket and one who was considered next only to the legendary Sir Donald Bradman, retires from the ODI format at the top of the run-getters’ list.

In his career, Sachin has scored 18426 runs in 463 ODIs. His highest score in ODIs is 200 runs that came in 2010 against South Africa in Gwalior.

Sachin has scored 49 centuries and 96 fifties in his career. The master batsman, who made his debut on December 18, 1989 against Pakistan, last played an ODI on March 18, 2012 also against Pakistan in Asia Cup.

The Mumbaikar, who made himself unavailable for Twenty20 after playing just one game in 2006, will now remain active in only the Test arena.

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Afghan female powerlifting athlete wins gold medal http://www.khaama.com/afghan-female-powerlifting-athlete-wins-gold-medal-2067 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-female-powerlifting-athlete-wins-gold-medal-2067#comments Tue, 18 Dec 2012 15:45:50 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=21481 Afghan female powerlifting athlete wins gold medal
A team of 18 Afghan power lifting athletes who attended a competition in India returned back to Afghanistan with major achievements. The team included 18 athletes including 16 male and 2 females from the national powerlifting, and achieved gold medals in the competition. The championship was organized at Kambathu city of India where Sadia Ayoubi managed to Read the full article...]]>
Afghan female powerlifting athlete wins gold medal

A team of 18 Afghan power lifting athletes who attended a competition in India returned back to Afghanistan with major achievements.

The team included 18 athletes including 16 male and 2 females from the national powerlifting, and achieved gold medals in the competition.

The championship was organized at Kambathu city of India where Sadia Ayoubi managed to achieve 3 gold medals competing in 74 kilograms.

The competition was organized between 10 to 14 December by power-lifting federation of India and the other 17 Afghan athletes also achieved medals competing in their respective weights.

However Sadia Ayoubi was the only Afghan female athlete who successfully competed with her rivals from India, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, China and Kazakhstan, and achieved gold medal in women’s 74kg power-lifting championship.

Sadia Ayoubi said the championship was organized in a high standard and said she was satisfied from the competition, and urged other Afghan youths to step up efforts for the development and achievement of pride for Afghanistan.

She said, “The Afghan youths in the firs step should prefer to join sports and must be keen and committed to other fields which they prefer for their career in a bid to have a effective role for the development of their country.”

She competed against her rivals in women 100kg, 85kg and 150kg. She also achieved gold medal during Asia power lifting championship in Kazakhstan in 2011.

Afghan athletes have managed to have major achievements during the recent years despite having less financial and moral support from the government.

Reporter: Qiam Noor, Kabul

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Afghan boxer Hamid Rahimi knocks out Tanzanian Mbelwa http://www.khaama.com/afghan-boxer-hamid-rahimi-knocks-out-tanzanian-mbelwa-857 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-boxer-hamid-rahimi-knocks-out-tanzanian-mbelwa-857#comments Tue, 30 Oct 2012 18:05:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=20000 Afghan boxer Hamid Rahimi knocks out Tanzanian Mbelwa
Afghan boxing legend Hamid Rahimi and unheralded Tanzanian boxer Said Mbelwa made history when they stepped into the ring for the “Fight 4 Peace” in Kabul, the first professional boxing event in the history of Afghanistan. The boxing championship was started with the national antheme of Afghanistan and Tanzania. Millions of Afghans watched the match, which Read the full article...]]>
Afghan boxer Hamid Rahimi knocks out Tanzanian Mbelwa

Afghan boxing legend Hamid Rahimi and unheralded Tanzanian boxer Said Mbelwa made history when they stepped into the ring for the “Fight 4 Peace” in Kabul, the first professional boxing event in the history of Afghanistan.

The boxing championship was started with the national antheme of Afghanistan and Tanzania. Millions of Afghans watched the match, which was broadcasted live. The Taliban banned boxing towards the end of their rule.

Afghan boxing legend Hamid Rahimi knocked out Tanzanian boxer Said Mbelwa in the middle of the seventh round.

The first round of the championship ended with no major achievement for the two boxers but Hamid Rahimi managed to hit 3 punchs on the head and face of his opponent from Tanzania during the second round of the match.

The two boxers dispalyed a good boxing during the third round of the match however Hamid Rahimi put a good pressure on his rival during the first few seconds of the round.

Said Mbelwa started the fourt round of the match much aggressive with more attempts and techniques to gain some points on his Afghan rival but was punished by Hamid Rahimi during the fifth round of the match after Rahimi found a gap to beat several punches on his head and face during the mid and final seconds of the match.

The pressure momentum was kept by Hamid Rahimi during the sixth round of the match which was also followed by a good display by Said Mbelwa and the seventh round of the match was once again started with much aggressive boxing by the two boxers but Said Mbelwa seemed to be injured on his shoulder during the starting seconds of the seventh round where the Refree of the ground delayed the match.

Hamid Rahimi was announced as the winner of the match after his opponent from Tanzania could not continue the match due to injury.

He won the WBO Intercontinental middleweight belt during the first professional fight to take place in Afghanistan.

Hamid Rahimi was born on 12th September 1983 in Afghanistan (Kabul). In 1992, he fled the civil war and came to Germany (Hamburg) with his parents and three siblings. A crucial experience from his childhood marked the beginning of his boxing career.

On 10.11.2006 Hamid Rahimi entered the ring for the first time under the name of “The Dragon” – his successful professional debut. Hamid Rahimi’s sporting career shows a shining track record as an unbeaten professional boxer.

Rahimi has won 20 of his 21 fights. He has been followed by hundreds of fans to each interview and public appearance he has made in the week leading up to this match.

Said Mbelwa (19-8-4, 12 KOs) who fought four the WBO Youth world cruiserweight championship in December 2011, losing to Agron Dzila from Switzerland, renewed his threat to knock out Rahimi in four rounds.

The afghan-German boxer Hamid Rahimid said, “I thank the people of Afghanistan who gave me the energy and thanks to the government of Afghanistan for arranging the security for such an important.”

He said the credit of the belt goes to Afghanistan and all the Afghans and that it was the beginning of professional boxing in Afghanistan.

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Afghan Boxing Legend faces American boxer in ‘Fight For Peace’ http://www.khaama.com/afghan-boxing-legend-faces-american-boxer-in-fight-for-peace-832 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-boxing-legend-faces-american-boxer-in-fight-for-peace-832#comments Mon, 22 Oct 2012 15:33:25 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=19823 Afghan Boxing Legend faces American boxer in ‘Fight For Peace’
The legendary Afghan boxer Hamid Rahimi who won the World Boxing Union (WBU) Championship earlier this year is due to face his American rival Rafael Bejaran in capital Kabul. Hamid Rahimi achieved his first professional boxing championship built in 2010 after defeating his opponent from Germany in GBC tournament. Hamid Rahimi started professional boxing career in Read the full article...]]>
Afghan Boxing Legend faces American boxer in ‘Fight For Peace’

The legendary Afghan boxer Hamid Rahimi who won the World Boxing Union (WBU) Championship earlier this year is due to face his American rival Rafael Bejaran in capital Kabul.

Hamid Rahimi achieved his first professional boxing championship built in 2010 after defeating his opponent from Germany in GBC tournament.

Hamid Rahimi started professional boxing career in 2007 and achieved his second championship built in 2010 after defeating his opponent from Georgia.

His boxing career started following a crucial experience after he left Afghanistan in 1992 along with his parents and three siblings due to civil war and shifted to Hamburg in Germany.

Subsequently, he visited Kabul and he was received by the Afghan Olympic committee, and the youth as a national hero. Later, President Hamid Karzai decorated the world boxing champion, with the Mir Masjidi Khan high government medal.

The latest match between Hamid Rahimi and his opponent from America will be organized on 30 October, 2012 and the two boxers will fight in Kabul in a bid to campaign for peace and stability.

The World Boxing Union (WBU) is going to award the peace built for the winner of the match, which is given for the boxers belonging to a war torn country.

Hamid Rahimi was born on 12th September 1983 in Afghanistan (Kabul).To date, his impeccable professional boxing record stands with 20 wins, which includes 9 knock outs and only 1 loss.

After his success in winning the World Championship, Rahimi says he is ready to face a well-known American boxer, and bring the fight to his home soil in Afghanistan; that would no doubt inspire a new generation of Afghan boxers and contribute towards building, national unity and peace.

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Simorgh Alborz qualified for the final http://www.khaama.com/simorgh-alborz-qualified-for-the-final-19536 http://www.khaama.com/simorgh-alborz-qualified-for-the-final-19536#comments Fri, 12 Oct 2012 02:46:18 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=19536 Simorgh Alborz qualified for the final
Simorgh Alborz dominated the match against its strong adversary Maiwand Atalan in the first semi-final of the Roshan Afghan Premier League on Thursday. Alborz was the first to score in the 26th minute when Munirulhaq Nadim took advantage of a second of distraction among Atalan’s mid-fielders, carrying the ball without any attack from the opponent Read the full article...]]>
Simorgh Alborz qualified for the final

Simorgh Alborz dominated the match against its strong adversary Maiwand Atalan in the first semi-final of the Roshan Afghan Premier League on Thursday.

Alborz was the first to score in the 26th minute when Munirulhaq Nadim took advantage of a second of distraction among Atalan’s mid-fielders, carrying the ball without any attack from the opponent all the way to the Atalan box. Before the defense could stop him, Nadim took a strong shot and put the ball into the net for 1:0.

Atalan responded with a stronger offensive, but failed to level the score before half-time. Up until the break, around 3,000 spectators watched a game which mostly took place in the middle of the ground.

Seven minutes into the second half Alborz’s Nadim scored again, taking their lead to 2:0 with fans on both sides cheering all the more louder for their teams as the pressure mounted.

Alborz’s Abbas Abbasy went down in the 67th minute after a colliding with Zaidan from Atalan and was carried off the field by the medics with a leg injury.

With not much time left for Maiwand Atalan to win the match, either Alborz relaxed or Atalan stepped up its offensive, opening up an opportunity for the team from the south to finally score.

In the 75th minute, Atalan’s Abdul Wahid Noorzai took the ball to the net, bringing the score to 2:1 and giving the team the boost it needed to hope for a win.

But the hope was in vain.

Although Alborz did not score again, it defended its lead until the last minute and successfully qualifying for the grand final.

The winner of tomorrow’s semi-final match between De Spinghar Bazan and the undefeated Toofan Harirod will face Alborz in the grand final on October 19 in Kabul.

Afghanistan’s first ever nationwide football premier league takes place in Kabul’s Afghan Football Federation (AFF) stadium. And will end on 19 October 2012.

The eight teams were selected during July and August from eight zones including Greater Kabul, Centre, North East, North, South East, West, South West and East.

The league is fully supported by the international football federation FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation. All playing rules and regulations are in accordance with those set forth by FIFA and AFC.

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Afghanistan to be nominated for ICC associate membership http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-to-be-nominated-for-icc-assciate-membership-145 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-to-be-nominated-for-icc-assciate-membership-145#comments Thu, 27 Sep 2012 05:39:49 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=19198 Afghanistan to be nominated for ICC associate membership
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has called on the International Cricket Council to give associate membership to Afghanistan which would elevate the war-torn country to the second tier of membership behind the 10 Test-playing nations. The support for Afghanistan’s elevation to the second tier of ICC membership, one rung below Test level, comes after their Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan to be nominated for ICC associate membership

The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) has called on the International Cricket Council to give associate membership to Afghanistan which would elevate the war-torn country to the second tier of membership behind the 10 Test-playing nations.

The support for Afghanistan’s elevation to the second tier of ICC membership, one rung below Test level, comes after their players – many of whom learned the game in refugee camps – took part in their second World Twenty20 this month.

The decision was taken at the meeting held on Monday in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, with committee members agreeing on the need to push for the promotion of Afghanistan (currently an Affiliate member) to an ICC Associate member nation.

“Perhaps our most significant decision [taken at the meeting] has been to substantiate the claim of Afghanistan to be an Associate member of the ICC,” confirmed ACC chief executive, Ashraf-ul-Haq on Tuesday in Lahore. “Afghanistan has been the strongest side among the Affiliate members, so we are backing them for the promotion.”

Afghanistan, who were eliminated in the group stages of the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka which resumes with the super eights on Thursday, are one of 60 ICC affiliate members.

There are 36 associate members in countries where “cricket is firmly established and organised”.

Associate membership, for countries “where cricket is firmly established and organised”, would be a huge step forward for Afghanistan after they won affiliate membership in 2001 and earned the right to play one-day internationals in 2009.

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Afghan Olympics medalist awarded high level state medal http://www.khaama.com/afghan-olympics-medalist-awarded-high-level-state-medal-740 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-olympics-medalist-awarded-high-level-state-medal-740#comments Tue, 28 Aug 2012 16:08:53 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=18348 Afghan Olympics medalist awarded high level state medal
Afghan president Hamid Karzai met with the Afghan athletes who participated in London Olympics and awarded the high level state medal of Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan to Taekwondo athlete Rohullah Nikpa. Rohullah Nikpa was the only Afghan athlete who achieved Bronz medal for Afghanistan during London Olympics 2012. He was the first Afghan athlete who Read the full article...]]>
Afghan Olympics medalist awarded high level state medal

Afghan president Hamid Karzai met with the Afghan athletes who participated in London Olympics and awarded the high level state medal of Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan to Taekwondo athlete Rohullah Nikpa.

Rohullah Nikpa was the only Afghan athlete who achieved Bronz medal for Afghanistan during London Olympics 2012.

He was the first Afghan athlete who achieved the first Olympics medal for Afghanistan during Beijing Olympics in 2008.

President Hamid Karzai also awarded the medal of Mir Masjidi Khan to Bashir Taraki the Afghan coach and Afghan Taekwondo coach from South Korea.

Rohullah Nikpa also presented his sports uniform to Afghan president Hamid Karzai, which was worn by him during the London and Beijing Olympics.

Six Afghan athletes participated in London Olympics in different fields including Taekwondo, running and boxing however Rohullah Nikpa managed to defeat his rivals from Poland, Central African Republic and United Kingdom and achieved Bronze medla for Afghanistan.

Rohullah Nikpa was also another Afghan athlete who participated in Taekwondo championships in London Olympics however he could not achieve any medal for Afghanistan due to his injuries but he was he was given the title of the bravest athlete in London Olympics by a number of local and offshore media agencies.

Afghan president Hamid Karzai also praised Rohullah Nikpa, Tahmina Kohistani the only Afghan female athlete who participated in London Olympics, Ajmal Faisal and Ajmal Faizi Zada.

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Australia beats Afghanistan cricket team by 66 runs http://www.khaama.com/australia-beats-afghanistan-cricket-team-by-66-runs-132 http://www.khaama.com/australia-beats-afghanistan-cricket-team-by-66-runs-132#comments Sun, 26 Aug 2012 04:45:41 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=18260 Australia beats Afghanistan cricket team by 66 runs
Australia won the match but Afghanistan won plenty of admirers before going down by 66 runs in their one-day international in Sharjah. Australia did well to reach 272-8 in their 50 overs despite some hiccups in the middle overs before overcoming a tough mid-innings resistance by Afghanistan who in the end were bowled out for Read the full article...]]>
Australia beats Afghanistan cricket team by 66 runs

Australia won the match but Afghanistan won plenty of admirers before going down by 66 runs in their one-day international in Sharjah.

Australia did well to reach 272-8 in their 50 overs despite some hiccups in the middle overs before overcoming a tough mid-innings resistance by Afghanistan who in the end were bowled out for 206 in 43.5 overs.

Clarke, in his new position at No.3, won the toss and added 131 with Matthew Wade for Australia’s second wicket.

Wade hit a career-best 75, while Clarke also scored 75.

Mike Hussey smashed 49 from 37 balls before he was out in the 50th over.

Opener Karim Sadiq hit the innings’ first delivery for a boundary, but Starc then clattered Sadiq on the helmet to fell the batsman before bowling him with a delivery that nipped back sharply.

Starc earlier had Javed Ahmedi (nought) in his first over, while at the other end Pattinson dismissed Mohammad Shehzad (11) and skipper Nawroz Mangal (nought) in his sixth over to leave Afghanistan reeling at 49-4.

But Asghar Stanikzai, with a 106-ball 66, and Mohammad Nabi, with an aggressive 60-ball 46, put on an impressive 86-run stand for the fifth wicket to push Australia onto the back foot.

Nabi hit four towering sixes and three boundaries while Stanikzai sent six balls to the ropes.

But Afghanistan’s resistance waned once both fell in the space of five overs.

Nabi became one of Mitchell Johnson’s two wickets while Clarke pulled off a sensational catch at mid-wicket off Pattinson to end Stanikzai’s knock.

“It was a big occasion and we learnt a lot from the experience of playing Australia,” Afghanistan captain Nawroz Mangal told reporters through an interpreter.

“I’m satisfied with the performance of my team. We couldn’t put runs on the board in the top order but Australia are a major team and they know how to win.”

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Afghanistan Cricket Team to take on Australia in Sharjah http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-team-to-take-on-australia-in-sharjah-121 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-team-to-take-on-australia-in-sharjah-121#comments Thu, 23 Aug 2012 07:33:06 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=18178 Afghanistan Cricket Team to take on Australia in Sharjah
Australia will break new cricket ground on Saturday when they take on minnows Afghanistan for the first time in a one-day international. Australia’s acting coach Steve Rixon believes the extreme heat they will face in the United Arab Emirates when playing Afghanistan and Pakistan will be the perfect preparation for the World Twenty20 in Sri Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan Cricket Team to take on Australia in Sharjah

Australia will break new cricket ground on Saturday when they take on minnows Afghanistan for the first time in a one-day international.

Australia’s acting coach Steve Rixon believes the extreme heat they will face in the United Arab Emirates when playing Afghanistan and Pakistan will be the perfect preparation for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

That heat was immediately apparent to the squad when they landed in the UAE early on Wednesday with captain Michael Clarke tweeting: “Just landed in Dubai. 5.30 am and it’s 37 degrees Celsius… Think we are in for a hot couple of weeks.”

Afghanistan are getting recognised by getting matches against top teams of the world. This is the only way to develop cricket in the war-torn country.

It will be Afghanistan’s second match against Test-playing nation — earlier they have faced Pakistan at the same venue in February this year.

Australia are ninth in the T20 standings ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 in September in Sri Lanka, fourth in the one-day rankings and third in the Test format.

Afghanistan are unranked in the T20 format, as they have not played the minimum amount of matches required – eight – in the past two years.

However, they do have a positive win-loss record (6-5) from their 11 matches in T20, with those wins coming over Canada (twice), Ireland (twice), Scotland and the Netherlands.

Pakistan and Australia will play the first one-day in Sharjah on August 28 followed by second in Abu Dhabi (August 31) and Sharjah (September 3). All three T20 matches will be played in Dubai on September 5, 7 and 10.

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Afghan atheletes return to Kabul from London Olympics http://www.khaama.com/afghan-atheletes-return-to-kabul-from-london-olympics-104 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-atheletes-return-to-kabul-from-london-olympics-104#comments Tue, 14 Aug 2012 07:02:57 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=18010 Afghan atheletes return to Kabul from London Olympics
Thousands of Kabul residents on Tuesday gathered at the Kabul International Airport on Tuesday to welcome the team Afghan athletes who returned from London Olympics. At least six athletes in different fields including Taekwondo, Boxing, Judo and Sprinting had participated from Afghanistan participated in London Olympics. Only Afghan Taekwondo athlete Rohullah Nikpa managed to achieve Read the full article...]]>
Afghan atheletes return to Kabul from London Olympics

Thousands of Kabul residents on Tuesday gathered at the Kabul International Airport on Tuesday to welcome the team Afghan athletes who returned from London Olympics.

At least six athletes in different fields including Taekwondo, Boxing, Judo and Sprinting had participated from Afghanistan participated in London Olympics.

Only Afghan Taekwondo athlete Rohullah Nikpa managed to achieve bronze medal for Afghanistan however Nisar Ahmad Bahawi could not achieve medal due to his injuries.

Afghanistan National Olympics Committee officials said Afghan athletes will be welcomed in an ceremony which will be held in Kabul Ghazi stadium.

 Rohullah Nikpa achieved the first Olympics medal for Afghanistan during Beijing Olympics in 2008.

Tahmina Kohistani was the only Afghan female athlete who represented Afghanistan in London Olympics.

Kohistani was the second woman from Afghanistan to run in the Olympics. She was motivated Robina Mugimyar who run the 100 meters in Athens. She also finished last.

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ISAF congratulates Afghan Olympic medalist Rohullah Nikpa http://www.khaama.com/isaf-congratulates-afghan-olympic-medalist-rohullah-nikpa-097 http://www.khaama.com/isaf-congratulates-afghan-olympic-medalist-rohullah-nikpa-097#comments Mon, 13 Aug 2012 05:19:30 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=17971 ISAF congratulates Afghan Olympic medalist Rohullah Nikpa
NATO-led International Security Assistance Force congratulates Afghan Taekwondo athlete Rohullah Nikpai for winning the bronze medal in taekwondo at the 2012 London Olympics. ISAF following a statemnt on Monday said, ISAF also recognizes the support he received from the National Olympic Committee of Afghanistan as well as his fellow countrymen. “Nikpai’s medal is a unifying Read the full article...]]>
ISAF congratulates Afghan Olympic medalist Rohullah Nikpa

NATO-led International Security Assistance Force congratulates Afghan Taekwondo athlete Rohullah Nikpai for winning the bronze medal in taekwondo at the 2012 London Olympics.

ISAF following a statemnt on Monday said, ISAF also recognizes the support he received from the National Olympic Committee of Afghanistan as well as his fellow countrymen.

“Nikpai’s medal is a unifying achievement that all Afghans can be proud of,” said Brig. Gen. Günter Katz, ISAF spokesman.

“Competing before the entire world, Nikpai represented the determination of the Afghan people,” added Katz. “We congratulate him on his performance. His dedication and his sportsmanship make him a distinguished representative of the Afghan people, and clearly one of the remarkable winners of these Olympic games.”

Afghan Taekwondo athlete Rohullah Nikpa achieved the first Olympics medal for Afghanistan on Thursday night by defeating his three rivals and losing one match.

Rohullah Nikpa managed to achieve Bronze medal by competing in Men’s 68 Kg championship in London Olympics 2012.

He defeated his first rival from Poland by 12/5 however he lost his second match with his Iranian rival Mohammad Baqeri Motamed.

In his third match he managed to defeat his rival from Central African Republic by 14/2 and in his last match with his English rival he won the match by 5/3.

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Afghan Taekwondo athlete defeats his Moroccan rival http://www.khaama.com/afghan-taekwondo-athlete-defeats-his-moroccan-rival-707 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-taekwondo-athlete-defeats-his-moroccan-rival-707#comments Fri, 10 Aug 2012 14:19:28 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=17923 Afghan Taekwondo athlete defeats his Moroccan rival
Afghan Taekwondo athelete Nisar Ahmad Bahawi on Friday defeated his rival from Moroco during his first match in Men’s 80 kilogram in London Olympics 2012. During the first round of the match Nisar Ahmad Bahawi scored two 2 points while his rival from Moroco did not manage to score any points. The match was finished Read the full article...]]>
Afghan Taekwondo athlete defeats his Moroccan rival

Afghan Taekwondo athelete Nisar Ahmad Bahawi on Friday defeated his rival from Moroco during his first match in Men’s 80 kilogram in London Olympics 2012.

During the first round of the match Nisar Ahmad Bahawi scored two 2 points while his rival from Moroco did not manage to score any points. The match was finished in favor of the Afghan athlete Nisar Ahmad Bahawi by 4/3, after his rival from Moroco scored a number of negative pionts during the second and third round of the competition.

He is expected to face his second rival in his upcoming match from Argentina.

This comes as Afghan Taekdondo athlete Rohullah Nikpa on Thursday won the second Olympics medal for Afghanistan.

Afghanistan was represented by Nisar Ahmad Bahawi and Rohullah Nikpa in Taekwondo at Olympics while Tahmina Kohistani and Massoud Aziz represnted Afghanistan in sprinting, Ajmal Faisal in boxing and Ajmal Faiz Zada in Judo.

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Afghan Taek-wondo athlete Rohullah Nikpa wins bronze medal http://www.khaama.com/afghan-taek-wondo-athlete-rohullah-nikpa-wins-bronze-medal-696 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-taek-wondo-athlete-rohullah-nikpa-wins-bronze-medal-696#comments Fri, 10 Aug 2012 05:25:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=17887 Afghan Taek-wondo athlete Rohullah Nikpa wins bronze medal
Afghan Taekwondo athlete Rohullah Nikpa achieved the first Olympics medal for Afghanistan on Thursday night by defeating his three rivals and losing one match. Rohullah Nikpa managed to achieve Bronze medal by competing in Men’s 68 Kg championship in London Olympics 2012. He defeated his first rival from Poland by 12/5 however he lost his Read the full article...]]>
Afghan Taek-wondo athlete Rohullah Nikpa wins bronze medal

Afghan Taekwondo athlete Rohullah Nikpa achieved the first Olympics medal for Afghanistan on Thursday night by defeating his three rivals and losing one match.

Rohullah Nikpa managed to achieve Bronze medal by competing in Men’s 68 Kg championship in London Olympics 2012.

He defeated his first rival from Poland by 12/5 however he lost his second match with his Iranian rival Mohammad Baqeri Motamed.

In his third match he managed to defeat his rival from Central African Republic by 14/2 and in his last match with his English rival he won the match by 5/3.

Rohullah Nikpa was welcomed by a crowd of hundreds of Afghans based in United Kingdom. Speaking among the crowd, Rohullah Nikpa said, “I am happy to return to Afghanistan with an achievement from London Olympics. I congrulate my countrymates for this victory.”

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Rohullah Nikpah defeats his Polish rival http://www.khaama.com/rohullah-nikpah-defeats-his-polish-rival-135 http://www.khaama.com/rohullah-nikpah-defeats-his-polish-rival-135#comments Thu, 09 Aug 2012 15:45:04 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=17872 Rohullah Nikpah defeats his Polish rival
Rohullah Naikah, who is titled ‘symbol of hope for Afghanistan’ by social media, defeated Michal Lonewski, his Polish rival with a total of 12 – 5 points and made his way to quarter finals. Rohullah is Afghanistan’s first Olympic medal winner in Bejing Olympics 2008 after decades of war and crisis in the country. This Read the full article...]]>
Rohullah Nikpah defeats his Polish rival

Rohullah Naikah, who is titled ‘symbol of hope for Afghanistan’ by social media, defeated Michal Lonewski, his Polish rival with a total of 12 – 5 points and made his way to quarter finals.

Rohullah is Afghanistan’s first Olympic medal winner in Bejing Olympics 2008 after decades of war and crisis in the country. This time in London Olympics 2012 he has great ambition for his war torn country.

Rohullah will be the first Medalist for Afghanistan if he beats Mohammad Baqiri, his Iranian opponent.

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Afghan female athlete proud despite loss in London Olympics http://www.khaama.com/afghan-female-athlete-proud-despite-loss-in-london-olympics-058 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-female-athlete-proud-despite-loss-in-london-olympics-058#comments Sat, 04 Aug 2012 06:40:28 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=17687 Afghan female athlete proud despite loss in London Olympics
Afghanistan’s only female athlete urged her fellow countrywomen to “come and join” her at the next Olympics after she set a personal best in the London Games 100m heats on Friday. Tahmina Kohistani, despite failing to qualify, ran a personal best time of 14.42 on August 3. She competed in a black head scarf topped Read the full article...]]>
Afghan female athlete proud despite loss in London Olympics

Afghanistan’s only female athlete urged her fellow countrywomen to “come and join” her at the next Olympics after she set a personal best in the London Games 100m heats on Friday.

Tahmina Kohistani, despite failing to qualify, ran a personal best time of 14.42 on August 3. She competed in a black head scarf topped with Afghanistan’s other national colors of red and green, and a long-sleeved, light blue top with long trousers.

“I have a big message for the women of Afghanistan. Come and join me because I’m alone and I need your support,” Kohistani said adding that, “And we must be ready for the next Olympics. We should have more than one girl in the next Olympics.”

Kohistani comes from a country with few facilities, where many people are openly hostile to the involvement of women in sport. She has witnessed ridicule everywhere from Facebook to Kabul Stadium, where she’s had training interrupted by men disturbing her.

She recalled an incident when a taxi driver in Kabul told her to get out of his car when Kohistani told him she was an athlete and wanted to be in the London Olympics.

Kohistani is part of a six-strong Afghan team in London including Rohullah Nikpai, whose taekwondo bronze at Beijing 2008 was the country’s first ever Olympic medal.

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Afghan boxer defeated by French rival in Olympics http://www.khaama.com/afghan-boxer-defeated-by-french-rival-in-olympics-004 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-boxer-defeated-by-french-rival-in-olympics-004#comments Tue, 31 Jul 2012 05:47:55 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=17573 Afghan boxer defeated by French rival in Olympics
Afghan boxer Ajmal Faisal was defeated by his French rival Nordine Oubaali by 22-9 following a three rounds match in Olympics in London on Monday night. Oubaali, one of 18 children in a family packed full of boxers, faces American third seed Raushee Warren in Friday’s second round. Ajmal Faisal following the match told reporters Read the full article...]]>
Afghan boxer defeated by French rival in Olympics

Afghan boxer Ajmal Faisal was defeated by his French rival Nordine Oubaali by 22-9 following a three rounds match in Olympics in London on Monday night.

Oubaali, one of 18 children in a family packed full of boxers, faces American third seed Raushee Warren in Friday’s second round.

Ajmal Faisal following the match told reporters that he lost the match due to lack of experience while his French rival was well experienced and had participated in a number of international tournaments.

Ajmal Faisal, 21 years old Afghan boxer is the second athlete from Afghanistan facing rivals in Olympics.

Afghan Judo athlete Ajmal Faiz Zada earlier faced his Hungarian judoist and was knocked out in 17 seconds.

This comes as the Afghan Olympics officials said they were optimistic over Afghan athletes for achieving good results in London Olympics.

Afghan Taekwondo athletes Nisar Ahmad Bahawi and Rohullah Nikpa are going to face their opponents during the 9th and 10th of August. Meanwhile Masoud Azizi and Tahmina Kohistani are going to face rivals in running contest during the third and fourth of August.

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Afghan Judo athlete defeated in Olympics in 17 seconds http://www.khaama.com/afghan-judo-athlete-defeated-in-olympics-in-17-seconds-666 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-judo-athlete-defeated-in-olympics-in-17-seconds-666#comments Sun, 29 Jul 2012 16:41:15 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=17513 Afghan Judo athlete defeated in Olympics in 17 seconds
Afghan Judo athlete Ajmal Faiz Zada was defeated by his Hungarian rival during the Olympic matches in London. He lost the game in the first 17 seconds of the match. Faiz Zada faced Miklos Ungvari in the weight of 66 kilograms in his first and last match of the London Olympics 2012. Ajmal Faiz Zada Read the full article...]]>
Afghan Judo athlete defeated in Olympics in 17 seconds

Afghan Judo athlete Ajmal Faiz Zada was defeated by his Hungarian rival during the Olympic matches in London. He lost the game in the first 17 seconds of the match.

Faiz Zada faced Miklos Ungvari in the weight of 66 kilograms in his first and last match of the London Olympics 2012.

Ajmal Faiz Zada was born to a middle class Afghan family and is working in a vehicle paint shop in capital Kabul to earn for his family besides conducting his Judo trainings.

In the meantime Afghan boxer Ajmal Faisal is going to face his opponent from France on Monday. Ajmal Faisal Afghan boxer is 21 years old.

Afghan Taekwondo athletes Nisar Ahmad Bahawi and Rohullah Nikpa are going to face their opponents during the 9th and 10th of August. Meanwhile Masoud Azizi and Tahmina Kohistani are going to face rivals in running contest during the third and fourth of August.

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Afghan Judo athlete to face Hungary Judoist in Olympics http://www.khaama.com/afghan-judo-athlete-to-face-hungary-judoist-in-olympics-664 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-judo-athlete-to-face-hungary-judoist-in-olympics-664#comments Sat, 28 Jul 2012 18:03:21 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=17488 Afghan Judo athlete to face Hungary Judoist in Olympics
The first Afghan athlete is going to face his Hungarian rival during the first match of Judo in Olympics tomorrow. Afghan Judo athlete Ajmal Faiz Zada is going to compete in the weight of 66 kilograms and is going to face his next rival from Brazil in case he defeats his first opponent. Fiza Zada Read the full article...]]>
Afghan Judo athlete to face Hungary Judoist in Olympics

The first Afghan athlete is going to face his Hungarian rival during the first match of Judo in Olympics tomorrow.

Afghan Judo athlete Ajmal Faiz Zada is going to compete in the weight of 66 kilograms and is going to face his next rival from Brazil in case he defeats his first opponent.

Fiza Zada while preparing for his coming match in Olympics told Radio Azadi (RFE) that he will definitely defeat his first rival. The match is going to be held around 9:00 10:00 o’clock and he will be removed from the game if he loses his first match.

Ajmal Faiz Zada was born to a middle class Afghan family and is working in a vehicle paint shop in capital Kabul to earn for his family besides conducting his Judo trainings.

However he has been struggling during the past six months to achieve a medal in Olympics and was conducting his trainings only during this period.

He is going to experience his first Olympics game tomorrow despite he has achieved numerous silver and bronze medals in international tournaments in the past.

In the meantime Afghan boxer Ajmal Faisal is going to face his opponent from France on Monday. Ajmal Faisal Afghan boxer is 21 years old.

Afghan Taekwondo athletes Nisar Ahmad Bahawi and Rohullah Nikpa are going to face their opponents during the 9th and 10th of August. Meanwhile Masoud Azizi and Tahmina Kohistani are going to face rivals in running contest during the third and fourth of August.

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Archery world records broken http://www.khaama.com/archery-world-records-broken-142 http://www.khaama.com/archery-world-records-broken-142#comments Fri, 27 Jul 2012 14:30:59 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=17459 Archery world records broken
Im Dong-hyun broke his own 72-arrow mark of 696 by three points and was also part of a record in the Team shoot. Alongside Kim Bubmin and Oh Jin-hyek he helped register a 216-arrow total of 2,087 – smashing the world record by 18 points. The day’s shooting got under way in perfect conditions, with Read the full article...]]>
Archery world records broken

Im Dong-hyun broke his own 72-arrow mark of 696 by three points and was also part of a record in the Team shoot.

Alongside Kim Bubmin and Oh Jin-hyek he helped register a 216-arrow total of 2,087 – smashing the world record by 18 points.

The day’s shooting got under way in perfect conditions, with the Korean trio setting the standard from the off.

They took the three top seedings, with world number two Im again leading the way, breaking the world record for the third occasion since the London 2012 test event.

Despite rain affecting the second half of the ranking shoot, Im still finished with a superb 699.

Kim was just one point behind with 698 and Oh closed with 690.

The top five was rounded out by Great Britain’s Larry Godfrey, who recorded a personal best of 680, and Japan’s Takaharu Furukawa one point further back.

World number one Brady Ellison of Team USA came 10th with a total of 676 and Ukraine’s reigning Olympic champion Viktor Ruban was down in 43rd with 660.

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Afghan cricketers anxiously waiting to play ODI with Australia http://www.khaama.com/afghan-cricketers-anxiously-waiting-to-play-odi-with-australia-027 http://www.khaama.com/afghan-cricketers-anxiously-waiting-to-play-odi-with-australia-027#comments Wed, 25 Jul 2012 07:25:08 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=17422 Afghan cricketers anxiously waiting to play ODI with Australia
Afghanistan Cricket Board chief Hamid Shinwari has said the one-day game scheduled to be played between Afghanistan and Australia has been creating a lot of “excitement” back home. The emerging cricketing nation will play Australia in a one-day match in the desert venue of Sharjah on August 25, their second contest against a major cricketing Read the full article...]]>
Afghan cricketers anxiously waiting to play ODI with Australia

Afghanistan Cricket Board chief Hamid Shinwari has said the one-day game scheduled to be played between Afghanistan and Australia has been creating a lot of “excitement” back home.

The emerging cricketing nation will play Australia in a one-day match in the desert venue of Sharjah on August 25, their second contest against a major cricketing country after playing Pakistan at the same venue in February.

“The value of the match in terms of increased experience as well as confidence and skill building will be immeasurable,” Shinwari said. “Our players and supporters greatly admire and love cricketers from Australia, and the opportunity to play them has created widespread interest and excitement.”

Waleed Bukhatir, vice chairman of Sharjah Cricket Club, said it will be great to watch the fledgling Afghan team play Australia.

“Afghanistan has a national team that is definitely on the rise and we can put our hand out,” he said.

“I think it’s the responsibility of every cricket-loving country to develop the game and to reach out to a country in need.”

The Afghan team also has ODI status which is valid until 2013, despite the fact that they did not qualify for the 2011 ICC World Cup. They have, however, qualified for the ICC World T20, scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka this September, having won 8 of the 9 matches they played during the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers, losing only the final to Ireland by 5 wickets. In addition, Afghanistan will also be featuring in the Under-19 World Cup in Australia this August.

Afghanistan became an ICC affiliate member in 2001 and a national team was formed in the same year, when US-led forces invaded the country to oust the Islamist Taliban regime. Just nine years later, Afghanistan played at the 2010 ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean.

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Afghanistan Cricket Team to face Australia in UAE http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-team-to-face-australia-in-uae-971 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-team-to-face-australia-in-uae-971#comments Mon, 02 Jul 2012 04:55:44 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=16923 Afghanistan Cricket Team to face Australia in UAE
Australia will play Afghanistan for the first time next month, as a warm-up for the series against Pakistan in the UAE. Although the details of the Pakistan series are still being finalised, Cricket Australia has confirmed that a one-off match with Afghanistan, most likely a one-day international, will be held ahead of the Pakistan series Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan Cricket Team to face Australia in UAE

Australia will play Afghanistan for the first time next month, as a warm-up for the series against Pakistan in the UAE. Although the details of the Pakistan series are still being finalised, Cricket Australia has confirmed that a one-off match with Afghanistan, most likely a one-day international, will be held ahead of the Pakistan series in an effort to assist with Afghanistan’s cricketing development.

Cricket Australia (CA) on Monday said full details of the match, including the format, have yet to be finalised, but the Australians view the fixture as recognition of Afghanistan’s “increasing importance in world cricket”.

Everyone in world cricket have been really impressed with how cricket has flourished in Afghanistan, despite its pressing national problems,” said Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland in a statement.

“As an ICC member, CA strongly supports world cricket’s ambition for cricket to continue to develop as a global sport and that, combined with the strong relationships between our two countries, encouraged us to look at how we might recognise and encourage Afghanistan by playing them on the field.

“We also look forward to hosting Afghanistan in the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Australia in August.”

Afghanistan will be part of the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in September, where they have found themselves in a very difficult group with India and England. They also played in the 2010 World T20 and will be competing in the Under-19 World Cup next August, to be held in Australia.

Afghanistan received ODI status during their failed attempt to qualify for last year’s World Cup and played their first match in the 50-over format against a test-playing nation when they took on Pakistan in February, losing by seven wickets in Sharjah.

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Pakistan U-19 Cricket Team beat Afghanistan by 151 Runs http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-u-19-cricket-team-beat-afghanistan-by-151-runs-964 http://www.khaama.com/pakistan-u-19-cricket-team-beat-afghanistan-by-151-runs-964#comments Thu, 28 Jun 2012 11:35:14 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=16874 Pakistan U-19 Cricket Team beat Afghanistan by 151 Runs
Pakistan’s Under-19s Cricket Team on Thursday defeated Afghanistan by 151 runs and qualified to Under-19 Asia Cup 2012 final here at the Kinrara Academy Oval. Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first against the Afghans and put 296 runs on board for the loss of 3 wickets. Umar Waheed played not out inning Read the full article...]]>
Pakistan U-19 Cricket Team beat Afghanistan by 151 Runs

Pakistan’s Under-19s Cricket Team on Thursday defeated Afghanistan by 151 runs and qualified to Under-19 Asia Cup 2012 final here at the Kinrara Academy Oval.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first against the Afghans and put 296 runs on board for the loss of 3 wickets. Umar Waheed played not out inning of 77 runs while Sami Aslam also made 77 for the green shirts.

It was a lopsided semi-final where Pakistan proved to be too strong for their opponents. Now, they await the winner of India-Sri Lanka second semi-final on Friday.
The final will be held on Sunday.

Afghanistan’s Aftab Alam, Sharafudin and Shabir Noori took one wickets each. Chasing a big target of 297 runs, Afghanistan were blown away for 145 runs in 40.5 overs. Azizullah was the pick of the bowlers with a four-wicket haul.

By the 18th over, Afghanistan were out of the match. They were tottering at 78/5 in 17.3 overs. They could never recover from these early blows and surrendered.

Pakistan’s Azizullah took four while Mohammad Nawazand and Ehsan Adil got two wickets each while on batting side Pakistan’s Aslam hit eight fours and two sixes in his 84-ball knock. He and captain Babar Azam made a cautious start and associated for 69 runs in 14.4 overs. Waheed, batting at number four, scored more than run-a-ball. He took 69 balls for 77 with seven fours and a six.

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Afghanistan Under-19s reach U-19 Asia Cup semifinal http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-under-19s-reach-u-19-asia-cup-semifinal-636 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-under-19s-reach-u-19-asia-cup-semifinal-636#comments Tue, 26 Jun 2012 16:48:07 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=16816 Afghanistan Under-19s reach U-19 Asia Cup semifinal
The Afghanistan Under-19s cricket team on Tuesday made the semi-finals after knocking our Bangladesh Under-19s cricket in an unexpected cricket match. The Under-19s cricket team of Afghanistan which faced the Bangladesh Under-19s in group B of the tournament successfully chased a revised target of 220 from 42 overs following rain after Bangladesh had made 240 Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan Under-19s reach U-19 Asia Cup semifinal

The Afghanistan Under-19s cricket team on Tuesday made the semi-finals after knocking our Bangladesh Under-19s cricket in an unexpected cricket match.

The Under-19s cricket team of Afghanistan which faced the Bangladesh Under-19s in group B of the tournament successfully chased a revised target of 220 from 42 overs following rain after Bangladesh had made 240 for 9.

Afghanistan captain Javed Ahmadi made 71 and Shabir Noori cracked an aggressive 57 to guide the chase that became a little tense towards the end due to a climbing run-rate and two wickets falling for three runs. However, Najibullah Zadran smashed three sixes and two fours in 18 balls to take his side into the semi-finals with nine deliveries to spare.

The Bangladesh Under-19s team collapsed to 18 for 8, however opener Soumya Sarkar and No. 3 Salman Hossain, were going well at 159 for 4. A ninth-wicket stand of 49 runs in 4.3 overs provided them a competitive total to defend. Afghanistan achieved it eventually but not without glimpses of hope for Bangladesh.

In the meantime Qatar Under-19s faced the Srilankan Under-19s team where Srinlanka managed to beat Qatar by 87 runs. The match was reduced to 26 overs due to rain. Pabasara Waduge scored 71 to guide Sri Lanka to 124 for 2 in 26 overs before rain intervened. Facing a revised target of 188, Qatar were kept on a tight leash by the Sri Lanka bowlers, led by offspinner Tharindu Kaushal who took three wickets. A 45-run partnership for the eighth wicket was the only resistance Qatar could muster as they ended on 100 for 8.

In the other Group A fixture, Pakistan completed a crushing win over Malaysia. Having opted to bat, Pakistan sped to 302 for 4 on the back of solid contributions from Sami Aslam (47), skipper Babar Azam (68), Umar Waheed (76) and Mohammad Nawaz (53*). What followed was an abysmal reply from the hosts, who were bundled out for a paltry 53 to lose by 249 runs. Only one player reached double-figures as each of the five Pakistan bowlers employed enjoyed success in the wickets’ column. Nawaz followed his 33-ball half-century with a haul of 3 for 9 from nine overs to claim the Man-of-the-Match award.

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Ramelow: Germany has the quality to go all the way http://www.khaama.com/ramelow-germany-has-the-quality-to-go-all-the-way-145 http://www.khaama.com/ramelow-germany-has-the-quality-to-go-all-the-way-145#comments Fri, 15 Jun 2012 13:36:04 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=16471 Ramelow: Germany has the quality to go all the way
The former international is optimistic about the Nationalelf’s chances at Euro 2012 after a promising start with two consecutive wins recorded against Portugal and the Netherlands Former Germany defender Carsten Ramelow has voiced his satisfaction with his country’s performances at Euro 2012 so far, and has tipped the Nationalelf to go all the way at Read the full article...]]>
Ramelow: Germany has the quality to go all the way

The former international is optimistic about the Nationalelf’s chances at Euro 2012 after a promising start with two consecutive wins recorded against Portugal and the Netherlands

Former Germany defender Carsten Ramelow has voiced his satisfaction with his country’s performances at Euro 2012 so far, and has tipped the Nationalelf to go all the way at this summer’s European Championship.

Joachim Low’s men started the tournament with a 1-0 win over Portugal before beating arch-rivals Netherlands 2-1, and the former Bayer Leverkusen defender feels they have what it takes to come out victorious on July 1.

“The first game is always difficult, and it was important to start with a win. I expected more of the game against Holland, but Germany’s performance was definitely okay,” Ramelow told.

“Germany definitely have the quality to win Euro 2012. You obviously need a bit of luck as well and the form of the day is pretty important in the knockout stages.

“We have already proven that we are a team that always does well at tournaments, though. That’s an advantage.

“The team has moved in the right direction in recent years, and has made plenty of progress. There’s no doubt about it that they are one of the favorites.”

Ramelow, who represented his country at Euro 2000 and the 2002 World Cup went on to pick out the likes of Russia and France as other potential winners of the tournament.

“Russia play nice attacking football as well, and France could play a role as well [aside from Germany and Spain]. I’m curious as to how they will perform in the next two games.”

Germany sit atop of Group B with six points from two games, and have a three-point lead over Denmark and Portugal.

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Sachin Tendulkar offered political role in India’s parliament http://www.khaama.com/sachin-tendulkar-offered-political-role-in-indias-parliament-821 http://www.khaama.com/sachin-tendulkar-offered-political-role-in-indias-parliament-821#comments Sat, 28 Apr 2012 04:47:25 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=14320 Sachin Tendulkar offered political role in India’s parliament
India’s prime minister has put forward batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar for membership of the upper house of parliament, reports said on Thursday. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has written a letter to the president recommending the cricketer be nominated to the Rajya Sabha, the NDTV news channel quoted sources as saying. Over two decades and more, Read the full article...]]>
Sachin Tendulkar offered political role in India’s parliament

India’s prime minister has put forward batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar for membership of the upper house of parliament, reports said on Thursday.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has written a letter to the president recommending the cricketer be nominated to the Rajya Sabha, the NDTV news channel quoted sources as saying.

Over two decades and more, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has gotten used to carrying the burden of a billion hopes each time he has walked out to bat. Now he faces an altogether different challenge: proving himself a capable lawmaker.

President Pratibha Patil has approved Tendulkar’s nomination to the Rajya Sabha, India’s upper house of Parliament, meaning he will become the first professional athlete to take a nominated seat there when he takes oath in the coming days.

Tendulkar, who turned 39 on Tuesday, has played more Tests (188) and One-day Internationals (463) than any other player since his debut in 1989. He is the highest run-getter in both forms of the game and last month became the first batsman to complete 100 international centuries — 51 in Tests and 49 in one-dayers.

The nomination of legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has sparked a political slugfest with the opposition parties questioning the timing of the move by the government.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena have said that the timing of the nomination suggests that it is aimed at distracting attention from scams.

India’s sporting heroes also came forward with mixed reaction to the government’s decision of nominating cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar for a seat in the Rajya Sabha. Former soccer player Baichung Bhutia, in Kolkata insisted that joining politics should be Tendulkar’s personal decision.

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Afghanistan Cricket Board reviews organization structure http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-board-reviews-organization-structure-795 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-cricket-board-reviews-organization-structure-795#comments Wed, 25 Apr 2012 04:49:18 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=14186 Afghanistan Cricket Board reviews organization structure
Afghanistan Cricket Board officials announced to review the organizational structure in a bid to help develop Afghanistan’s domestic cricket infrastructure and to secure its cricketing future. The main motive of the review would be to provide better leadership and find qualified staff to run cricket administration in the war-torn country in the long run, the Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan Cricket Board reviews organization structure

Afghanistan Cricket Board officials announced to review the organizational structure in a bid to help develop Afghanistan’s domestic cricket infrastructure and to secure its cricketing future.

The main motive of the review would be to provide better leadership and find qualified staff to run cricket administration in the war-torn country in the long run, the officials said.

Hamid Shinwari has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Nasimullah Danish is the Deputy CEO. Meanwhile Raees Ahmadzai has been appointed as the senior advisor to the Player Selection Committee, while Khair Mohammad is its Finance Manager.

Afghanistan is currently an Affiliate member of the ICC and the ACB hopes that the review will prompt the ICC to grant them the status of an Associate member, and with it, provide extra ICC funding.

“The organisational change is obvious as we are growing,” ACB spokesman Nasratullah Wafa told ESPNcricinfo. “The game has to survive and we have to find talent and keep the circle rolling. We need more resources for development, so we have decided to fill the vacant positions that will help us to build up [our cricket infrastructure.”

The funding of the Afghanistan Cricket Board is expected to rise by $150,000 once the Associate status is assured. Currently ICC provides about $700,000 a year in funding.

The ACB hopes cricket is promoted and marketed in a better manner after the review. “We must ensure new impetus is taken for the development of domestic cricket, the marketing and fundraising is improved and our international relations and partnerships are strengthened,” Wafa said.

Afghanistan’s national team has performed impressively in the last five years, moving up from Division five of the World Cricket League in 2008 to Division One today.

In Twenty20 cricket, Afghanistan have already beaten several Full Member nations and are ranked ninth, ahead of Zimbabwe and the currently unranked Bangladesh. “Afghanistan isn’t dreaming of overnight success but we are taking small steps to mark our presence in the world through which we can give a message of peace,” Wafa said. “The game is becoming very popular within the country.”

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Afghanistan play its first rugby match abroad in Dubai http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-play-its-first-rugby-match-abroad-in-dubai-728 http://www.khaama.com/afghanistan-play-its-first-rugby-match-abroad-in-dubai-728#comments Mon, 16 Apr 2012 10:46:51 +0000 http://www.khaama.com/?p=13803 Afghanistan play its first rugby match abroad in Dubai
Afghanistan Rugby Federatio officials on Sunday announced Afghanistan will play a series of exhibition sevens matches against UAE Shaheen, a development side for the UAE national team, ahead of the Asian Five Nations on April 27. The exhibition matches will be held while the UAE, Hong Kong, Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon and Uzbekistan fight it out Read the full article...]]>
Afghanistan play its first rugby match abroad in Dubai

Afghanistan Rugby Federatio officials on Sunday announced Afghanistan will play a series of exhibition sevens matches against UAE Shaheen, a development side for the UAE national team, ahead of the Asian Five Nations on April 27.

The exhibition matches will be held while the UAE, Hong Kong, Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon and Uzbekistan fight it out against each other in a sevens rugby tournament in Dubai, starting on April 27th. ARF has also arranged a week of training in Dubai during the week before the matches are scheduled to begin.

Abdul Khalil Beg Technical Vice President for Afghan Rugby Federation said, it’s a big step for development of the game in Afghanistan, and will encourage a lot of Afghan youngsters to play rugby.

“We’re a rough, tough people. We’re physically set for this game, which is very energetic and fast,” Asad Ziar, the ARF’s chief executive officer, said during the December tournament.

The fledgling federation won affiliation from the Asian Rugby Football Union in November last year, and has so far only played matches against NATO troops in Kabul, but the game is catching on fast.

The Afghanistan Rugby Federation (ARF) is affiliated with the National Olympic Committee, Islamic Republic Of Afghanistan. It is the official Federation for the sport of Afghan Rugby and is involved in educating, supporting and enabling young Afghans to excel and compete internationally.

The ARF officially launched rugby in Afghanistan on May 20, 2011 with the aim and intention that Rugby will soon be developed into a sport game. ARF is registered with National Olympic Committee and approved by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

The British embassy sponsored Afghanistan’s first official rugby tournament in December, with organisers hoping the game will one day be as popular as buzkashi, a kind of polo played with the carcass of a headless goat.

The history of rugby in Afghanistan is an intermittent and discontinuous one, often played by invading armies. The game was first introduced into the country from British India and was played by British troops. After the British left Asia, the game all but died in Afghanistan. By way of return, the British took polo back with them from the region.

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