Karzai hails Afghan footballersAfghan president Hamid Karzai hailed the Afghan national footballers for their recent victory in South Asia Football Federation (SAFF) championship, and awarded the members of the national football team with Ghazi Mir Masjedi khan medal along with residential apartments and cash awards.

President Hamid Karzai in his speech to the national footballers said, “We saw the celebrations by Afghan people, after you (national football team) achieved victory in South Asia Football Federation (SAFF) championship.

The whole country is witnessing excitement and happiness and the youths of the country participated in nationwide celebrations, and the reason behind the happiness which was achieved after years of disasters and misery is you (national football team).”

President Karzai quoted in a statement released by presidential palace media office once again urged the Afghan footballers to continue with their efforts, and vowed the government’s support to the national football team.

President Karzai also added that he was hopeful that local businessmen will contribute to support their football team, since they honored the Afghan people with their victory.

Karzai also said that he was confident regarding championship of the Afghan team in Asian and global championships in the near future, where Afghan footballers will hit more goals and achieve more championship status for Afghanistan.

The presidential decree was also cited during the ceremony which was organized in ARG presidential palace. As per the decree, each Afghan player, trainer, Afghan football federation chief and members will receive residential flats in Khwajah Rawash area of capital Kabul, cash rewards, and appreciation letters.

President Karzai in his decree instructed to award 1.1 million AFS, along with an apartment and Ghazi Mir Masjedi medal to Afghan goal keeper, Mansoor Faqiryar.

Other 19 members of the Afghan national football team will receive one apartment, 100,000 AFS cash reward and Ghazi Mir Masjedi awards each. The Afghan coach, Yousuf Kargar will also receive an apartment along with Ghazi Mir Masjedi medal.

The Ghazi Mir Masjedi medal was awarded to each member of the Afghan national football team during the ceremony in ARG presidential palace, which was welcomed by Afghan football coach Yousuf Kargar.

Yousuf Kargar congratualting the victory of the Afghan football team to president Hamid Karzai and Afghan nation said that the Afghan footballers exhibited the solidarity of the Afghan nation.