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Afghan U-19 football team off to Nepal

Afghan U-19 football team off to Nepal

Aug 17, 2015 - 17:32

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghanistaninfo-icon 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 Pajhwok Afghan News 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 Pakistaninfo-icon 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.


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