Aug 17, 2015
KABUL (by Sayer Zaland): The Afghanistan under-19 football team on
Monday left for Nepal to participate in the SAFF Under-19 Championship
starting from Thursday (August 20).
Coach Zahir Husni told this scribe the 21-man squad was accompanied by
a five-member official delegation on the tour.
He said the international competition would help the Afghan
footballers improve their skills.
Hosted by Nepal, six teams from the South Asian region are
participating in the tournament to be played in Lalitpur. Earlier this
month, both Pakistan and Sari Lanka withdrew from the competition.
The Afghan coach said the under-19 crew had undergone tough practice
sessions under the watchful eyes of professional mentors and were
ready to play.
Afghanistan Football Federation spokesman Syed Ali Kazimi said the
tournament in Nepal would last 10 days and the Afghans would play
their first match against the Maldives on August 21 and second matach
against India next Sunday.
Meanwhile, Afghan Commercial Bank (ACB) announced financing the
Afghanistan Premier League football tournament sponsored by Roshan
Telecom Company. The financial support was pledged in an agreement
signed between the bank and Afghanistan Football Federation deputy
head Yousuf Kargar.
The Afghan Premier League (APL) also known as Roshan Afghan Premier
League is Afghanistan’s first national association football league.
The league was first played out in 2012 and consisted of eight teams,
each representing one region in Afghanistan.
The next tournament of the league is scheduled to be played from
August 27 and would continue for three months.