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    Afghan enters knockout stage of World Snooker C'ship

    KABUL (PAN): Afghan cueist Saleh Mohammad advanced to the knockout stage of the World Snooker Championships in the Indian city of Bangalore, an official said on Thursday.

    But another Afghan, Raees Khan Senzai, was ousted from the tournament -- featuring 90 players from 43 countries -- after being crushed by his Indian rival Anuj Uppal.

    The contestants have been divided into 12 groups, said Afghanistan Olympic Committee spokesman, Mujibur Rahman Rahmani.

    Saleh Mohammad and Raees Senzai, representing Afghanistan in the mega event, are among 48 players who have reached the second stage after registering three victories each in their respective group matches. Each group involves five players.

    Second-stage matches were played on Wednesday, when Senzai tasted defeat at the hands of Uppal, but Mohammad vanquished his Bahrain opponent, Muhammad Esa Ibrahim. Mohammad will take on his English rival, Martin O'Donnell, in the knockout stage.

    Mohammad defeated his Russian, Indian and Austrian opponents, but was outplayed by his Iranian rival.

    Senzai downed his German, English and Pakistani rivals but was unable to win against the Australian snooker legend, Steve Mifsud.

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