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1st Afghan footballer signs up for Indian clubBy Mohammad Jawad Sharifzada Nov 3, 2011 - 16:31
KABUL (PAN): The first-ever Afghan footballer has signed a contract with a foreign sport indicates, a move that indicates soccer talent and development in the country.
Afghan national football team member, Zahib Islam Amiri, told Pajhwok Afghan News he signed a year-long agreement with Mumbai Football Club in India.
Under the agreement, the club will pay him $3,500 (168,455afghanis) in monthly salary in addition to accommodation and travel expenses.
Amiri said he had also received offers from Tajikistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan, but he preferred joining the Mumbai Football Club because of the good facilities it offered.
The 21-year-old, a member of Afghanistan's junior squad for the past eight years, has participated in 45 international events.
Amiri started playing football at the age of 12 at the Agha Khan Sports Academy in neighbouring Pakistan. He also represented Shua and Kabul Bank Clubs.
Afghanistan's Football Federation official, Mohammad Yasin Mohammadi, said the agreement had been inked with the approval of the sport body.