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Afghanistan hires Pfister as new football coach

Afghanistan hires Pfister as new football coach

Feb 12, 2017 - 21:07

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghanistaninfo-icon Football Federation (AFF) on Sunday announced appointing German national Otto Pfister as the national football team’s new coach.

Kramuddin Karim, AFF head, introduced the new coach at a news conference in capital Kabul.

“In cooperation with the new coach, we would have a strong and experienced football team and would achieve good results in international matches, particularly in AFC Asia Cup Qualification,” he said.

“After the removal of our former football coach, Petar Segrt, we decided to find a new and experienced coach for building the capacity of our team, fortunately we were able to find one,” Karim said.

With appointment of the new coach, problems of Afghanistan national football team players would be assessed and their solutions sought so the team could compete well in future matches, he said.

Otto Pfister expressed his gratitude over his introduction as Afghan football team coach and said he would try to introduce Afghan players with effective techniques and boost their morale.

“We are trying to make a united and responsible team, a team to be not only successful but its members will cooperate with each other and with the coach,” he said.

Ali Askar Lali has been appointed as general manager of the team, a former member of Afghanistan football team, Anush Dastgir, as assistant coach and Mansoor Faqiryar as goalkeeper.

AFF officials said Pfister had signed a one-year contract with the national football team, replacing former coach Petar Segrt who was fired for unknown reasons.

Otto Pfister with 48 years of experience has served as football coach in many countries including Tunisia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Ruanda and others.


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