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FIFA president to visit Kabul: AFF

FIFA president to visit Kabul: AFF

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Nov 08, 2013 - 16:09

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): International Football Federation (FIFA) President Sepp Blatter has promised to visit Kabul in the near future, the Afghanistaninfo-icon Football Federation (AFF) said on Friday.

Blatter expressed his intention to visit Kabul at a meeting with AFF President Karamuddin Karim in the UAE, a statement from the game’s regulatory body said. However, it did not give a specific date of the FIFA chief’s trip.

At the hour-long meeting, Blatter appreciated the recent achievements of the Afghan squad. The two officials also conferred on promoting the sportinfo-icon in the conflict-battered nation.

Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) President Michel Platini recently visited Kabul, where he was warmly welcomed by Karim. Platini was accompanied by Azerbaijan Football Federation General-Secretary Elkhan Mammadov. 

 During his visit, Platini also met President Hamid Karzai and congratulate him on the Afghan team’s recent victory in the South Asian Football Federation Championship. 

In mid-September, Afghanistan jumped a record seven places in FIFA worldinfo-icon rankings -- thanks to their success in the SAFF Cup. The Afghan team rose to the132nd spot worldwide, after defeating India 2-0.

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