Sports – Ariana News Bringing Afghan News to the World Sat, 02 Nov 2019 10:58:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Bamyan Hosts Second Cross-country Cycling Race Sat, 02 Nov 2019 10:58:39 +0000 The second cross-country cycling tournament was held in Bamyan province on Friday.

27 cyclists including eight girls from the capital Kabul and Bamyan provinces took part in the competition.

The competitors pedaled a distance of 14 kilometer in the central Bamyan province of Afghanistan, for one-day.

The goal of the competition was to promote the culture of cycling in the country and introduce playing fields available in the historic Bamyan province which is also home to famous Buddha statue.

Juma Khan, Nasir and Hassan Ali got the first, second and third positions respectively.

Awards and certificates were granted to top athletes at the end of the competition.

Afghanistan Leaves for 2020 AFC Futsal Championship Qualification Tue, 22 Oct 2019 12:51:43 +0000 Afghanistan National Futsal Team headed to Iran to participate in the AFC Futsal Championship 2020 Qualification, Afghanistan Football Federation said on Tuesday.

A total of 16 teams qualify to play in the final tournament.

Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Nepal will play in group A of the central and south zone.

The matches are played in the Urmia city of Iran between 23-25 October 2019.

Afghanistan will play its first match against Uzbekistan on October 23.

Top two teams of each group qualify for 2020 AFC Futsal Championship.

Turkmenistan will host the 2020 AFC Futsal Championship.

In 2019, the National U20 Futsal Team of Afghanistan finished second in the AFC Futsal Championship after defeating Hong Kong, Thailand and Indonesia.

Afghanistan National Football Team Plays Against Qatar Tonight Thu, 05 Sep 2019 11:37:21 +0000 In a couple of hours, Afghanistan national football team will play a match against host Qatar for their opening match of the double qualifiers (2022 World Cup Asia Qualifiers and 2023 Asian Cup Qualifiers).

The match will be kicked-off at the Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium (Al Sadd stadium) in Doha at around 9 pm Kabul time.

Qatar football team won the 2019 Asian Cup.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan will take on Bangladesh in a Group E clash on September 10 in Tajikistan.

Afghanistan, Qatar, Bangladesh, Oman, and India will play on the same group.

Qatar Squad:
Saad Al Sheeb, Meshaal Barshim, Mohammd Albakri, Pedro, Salem Al Hajdri, Tariq Salman, Abdulkarim Hassan, Khoukhi Bualem, Hassan Al Haydos, Akram Afif, Abdulaziz Al Ansari, HAshim Ali, Bassam Al Rawi, Asim Madibo, Almoez Ali, Karim Boudiaf, Ali Afif, Musab Khizar, Ahmed Fateh,Yusuf Abdulrazzaq, Almehdi Ali, Abdulaziz Hatem and Abdulla Absulsalam

Afghanistan Squad:
Goalkeeper: Ovays Azizi, Faisal Hamidi, Ahmad Hellal Hosainie
Defenders: Milad Intezar, Hassan Amin, Zelfagar Nazary, Haroon Amiri, Farzad Ataie, Hoshang Noor Ali, Sharif Mukhammad, Abdul Najim Haidary,
Midfielder/Forward: Farshad Noor (Captain), Omran Haydary, Noraollah Amiri, Adam Najem, Yar M. Zakarkhel, Omid Popalzai, Abassin Alikhil, Naeem Rahimi, Faysal Shayesteh, Noor Husin, Jabar Sharza, Zubayr Amiri

Afghanistan Wins Team Category of South Asian Body Building, Physique Sports Championship Sat, 20 Jul 2019 12:22:34 +0000 Afghanistan won the team category of the 12th round of South Asian Body Building and Physique Sports Championship.

The Afghan athletes won six gold medals, two silver medals, and four bronze medals and rose to the top of the championship’s team category.

In addition, Ahmad Reza, the Afghan athlete, could achieve the “Mister’ title in the 100Kg weight category.

The 12th round of South Asian Body Building and Physique Sports Championship was held in Katmandu city of Nepal where 17 athletes participated from Afghanistan.

Following Afghanistan, India secured the second position followed by Nepal in the third position.

ACB Suspends 3 Officials After Afghanistan Finished With Zero Points Sat, 06 Jul 2019 15:16:57 +0000 The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) suspend three officials after the country’s national cricket team finished with zero points in the Cricket World Cup 2019.

Assadullah Khan the Chief Executive of Afghanistan Cricket Board, Naweed Kakar Afghanistan Cricket Team Manager, and Daulat Ahmadzai the Chief Selector are the three suspended officials.

In addition, ACB tasked a committee to assess the performances of Afghanistan’s National Cricket Team in the world cup 2019.

The decision comes after the National Cricket Team returned to Kabul today with zero points and nine back-to-back defeats against its rivals in the world cup 2019.

Karim’s Lawyer Rejects Allegations Against His Client Wed, 03 Jul 2019 14:46:18 +0000 A lawyer for the former head of the Afghan Football Federation Karamuddin Karim on Wednesday rejected the allegations of sexual abuse against his client, saying they were based on ghost stories.

Speaking at a press conference in Kabul, Ivo Signmond, a Dutch lawyer representing Karim, said that the allegations were made by anonymous people based on ghost stories.

Sigmond added that there is no solid evidence against Karim.

He further criticized FIFA’s ruling against Karim.

According to Karim’s advocate, he is living in an unknown location in Afghanistan. Sigmond said he was suffering from a heart problem.

Keramuddin Karim has been accused of sexually abusing at least five Afghan female football players.

The allegations, which Karim has denied, led to an investigation by FIFA, which last month found Karim guilty of having abused his position and having sexually abused various female players.

Karim was banned from all football-related activities for life and fined around one million dollars.

In addition, the Attorney General Office issued an arrest warrant for Karim following an investigation into him and other officials.

National U20 Futsal Team Warmly Welcomed in Kabul Tue, 25 Jun 2019 11:32:03 +0000 Afghanistan’s National U20 Futsal Team arrived in Kabul after winning the second position in AFC Futsal Championship.

The team was warmly welcomed at the Hamid Karzai International Airport.

Hafizullah Wali Rahimi, Chairman of the National Olympic Committee said that Afghanistan had an unprecedented and historic win in futsal.

Abdul Razaq Mamrak, the head coach of National U20 Futsal Team expressed his satisfaction and said he is eyeing further achievements in the future international games.

“I didn’t expect all this love and passion toward us. I want to kiss the hands of everyone and I hope we can have bigger achievements in the future because Afghan people deserve it,” said Sayed Hussian Musawai, a member of the National Futsal Team.

Afghanistan finished second in the AFC Futsal Championship which was held in the Iranian city of Tabriz.

The U20 Futsal Team defeated Hong Kong, Thailand, and Indonesia in the AFC Futsal Championship but lost the final match against Japan.

Nikpai to Gift One of His Medals to National U20 Futsal Team Sat, 22 Jun 2019 11:54:52 +0000 Rohullah Nikpai, an Afghan taekwondo champion and two-time Olympic bronze medalist, will gift one of his medals to the Afghan national U20 Futsal Team to encourage the team for its historic wins.

Mr. Nikpai made the announcement on his official Facebook page on Sunday.

The National Futsal Team entered the AFC Futsal U20 Championship’s final after winning against Indonesia.

Afghanistan will play against Japan in the final match today in Tabriz city of Iran.

Afghan leaders including President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah praised the Afghan team in separate congratulatory messages for their historic wins.

New Four Members Introduced for ACB Tue, 11 Jun 2019 09:43:30 +0000 The Chairman of Afghanistan’s Cricket Board (ACB) Azizullah Fazli on Tuesday officially introduced four new board members for the high board of cricket.

Gulalai Noor Safi, Ahmad Jawad Paikar, Ziaulhaq Amarkhail, and Shukrullah Atif Mashal are the newly appointed members of the ACB.

Earlier, Hekmat Khalil Karzai, Sayed Mansoor Naderi, Eklil Hakimi, and Ahmad Shah Sangdel were the high members of the ACB.

AGO Issues Arrest Warrant for Keramuddin Karim Sun, 09 Jun 2019 11:21:52 +0000 The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) on Sunday issued the arrest warrant for Keramuddin Karim, former President of the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF), AGO Spokesman Jamshid Rasuli said.

Karim was banned from all football-related activities for life after he was found guilty for sexually abusing at least five Afghan female football players.

In addition, a fine in the amount of CHF 1,000,000 has been imposed on Mr. Karim by FIFA.

“The investigation into Mr. Karim concerned the complaints lodged by at least five Afghan female football players, accusing him of repeated sexual abuse in the period 2013 – 2018, abusing his function as President of the AFF,” FIFA said in a statement on Saturday.

Last year, Khalida Popal, a member of the AFF accused Mr. Karim of physically and sexually abusing female football players at AFF headquarters.

Following the accusations, the AGO assigned a team to investigate the issue. The prosecutors issued a travel ban and suspended Mr. Karim from his position.

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul welcomed FIFA’s decision, saying the U.S. is calling on the Afghan government to complete its investigation, and ensure justice is served.

“Afghan women must be supported and provided a safe work environment, free from harassment or assault, whether their workplace is a government office, school, private business, or a football pitch,” wrote John Bass, the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan in a tweet.

Ghani Receives Sportsmen on Second Day of Eid Wed, 05 Jun 2019 10:24:44 +0000 President Ashraf Ghani met with the sportsmen at the presidential palace on Wednesday morning.

Ghani’s office said in a statement that he congratulated the Eid-ul-Fitr to the athletes.

In addition to the athletes, a number of government officials and foreign diplomats were also present at the meeting.

According to the statement, President Ghani praised the athletes for their victories and shared the government’s plans for the growth of the sport in the country.

Photos released by the palace shows that the President is walking around the palace together with the athletes and shares information about the historic buildings inside the presidential palace.

Afghanistan, Tajikistan to Face in Football Friendly Match Wed, 24 Apr 2019 06:18:16 +0000

Afghanistan national football team in a friendly match to face with Tajikistan national football team on June 7, 2019.

The match reportedly to be held in Dushanbe city, the capital of Tajikistan.

It comes as Head coach of Afghanistan’s national football team, Anoush Dastgir, has also urged the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) for holding a match against Iran in Tehran.

Rashid Khan Appointed as UNICEF Afghanistan’s National Ambassador Wed, 20 Mar 2019 07:00:44 +0000

Afghanistan’s cricket superstar Rashid Khan has been appointed as UNICEF Afghanistan’s National Ambassador, UNICEF said in a statement on Wednesday.

According to the statement, in his role, 20-year-old Khan will help UNICEF to promote girls’ education, tackle malnutrition, eradicate polio and improve child immunization rates.

“It is an honour to be named as UNICEF Afghanistan’s National Ambassador,” Khan said.

“I have always wanted to be involved in improving children’s lives by contributing to issues pertaining to health, education, and nutrition; and UNICEF provides me a great platform to do so. I am eagerly looking forward to this association and hope we can make a change for a better tomorrow,” he noted.

The announcement comes after four decades of conflict in Afghanistan, and as the world comes together to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history.

“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Rashid Khan to the UNICEF family today,” UNICEF Afghanistan Representative Adele Khodr said.

“Rashid’s already demonstrated commitment to children will be a compelling and valuable asset to both UNICEF and the children of Afghanistan, who continue to dream and hope, without which humankind will be lost. At UNICEF, we believe that investing in the wellbeing, education, and protection of children today is key for a peaceful, stable and progressive Afghanistan,” she added.

Despite the significant progress in recent years, 3.7 million children remain out of school in Afghanistan, 2.2 million of whom are girls.

At the same time, malnutrition levels remain high with 600,000 children under the age of five suffering from severe acute malnutrition, and some 2 million children stunted (short for their age due to malnutrition), greatly impacting their cognitive development.

Mr. Khan comes with a strong passion for promoting the wellbeing of children, especially the most disadvantaged.

Rashid Khan has been involved in the cause of children and the work of UNICEF for almost two years, especially in promoting the eradication of polio.

At the age of 19, Rashid Khan broke the record for the youngest team captain in men’s international cricket history.

In January 2018, he was awarded the Associate Cricketer of the year by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and in February of the same year, he became the youngest player to top the ICC Player Rankings for bowlers in One Day Internationals (ODIs), and also topped the ICC Player Rankings for bowlers in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).

As a National Ambassador, Mr. Rashid Khan is part of an esteemed UNICEF tradition, dating back to 1954, in which the organization partners with local artists, athletes, and other celebrities to raise public awareness about children’s issues and to improve the lives of children and women around the world.

‘Historic Day for Our People’ – Afghan Says as Afghanistan Earns First Test Victory Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:25:23 +0000

Asghar Afghan, the Afghanistan captain, detailed just how important and joyous their seven-wicket triumph over Ireland was in the one-off Test in Dehradun on Monday, 18 March.

It was their maiden Test victory, in just their second ever Test – the latest feat by a team that’s made a habit of it. Apart from Australia, who won in their maiden Test, only England and Pakistan have secured a Test win within two matches.

Just how much the victory meant was summed up by Afghan. “Happy for today, it’s a very historic day for Afghanistan, for Afghanistan people, for our team, for our cricket board. We are very happy,” he said.

“When [we play] a lot of Test matches, we mature. Nowadays, we’re playing a lot in Afghanistan first-class cricket. Before, it was three-day, two-day cricket. Now we’re playing first-class cricket.

“It was our dream to play Test cricket. It was just our second Test and we won the game. I’ll give a lot of credit to our bowlers, especially Rashid Khan, Waqar (Salamkheil), Yamin (Ahmadzai), and (Mohammad) Nabi. They bowled very well, on a wicket that was good for batting.”

Apart from the bowling quartet, one of Afghanistan’s stars was Rahmat Shah. He put behind poor form in the ODIs – he scored just one half-century in five outings – to score two in as many innings in Test whites.

He was unfortunate to miss out on a century by two runs in the first innings, and having done the hard work in the second, scoring a 122-ball 76, he was dismissed with just three runs required to seal victory.

However, during the course of his knock he displayed good temperament for Tests, and that is something that bodes well for Afghanistan. “I’d like to congratulate the country for this win,” he said after winning the Player of the Match award.

“There was a difference in the pitches – the ODI wickets were suitable for spin, this was better for batting. I stayed at the wicket, that was important. We played session by session, and tried to win the match, but I’d like to give credit to the bowlers, they bowled really well.”

As for Ireland, there were some smiles, despite being beaten within four days in their second ever Test. Their captain, William Porterfield, reminded everyone that quite a few of their players were playing only their second Test ever while the rest of the team – five players, to be precise – were making their debuts.

Despite that, they troubled Afghanistan considerably, and had they been able to do better with the bat in the first innings, they might yet have been able to change the eventual result.

“It’s obviously the first innings that went wrong for us,” he said at the post-match presentation. “It was big toss to win. Any multi-day game, the first innings you got to capitalise on,” he said.

“If you had done that, batted remotely like we batted in the second innings, it could have been a completely different game. Then you’re talking about potentially chasing upwards of 280 to 300, which could have been a completely different story.”

But that being said, Porterfield wasn’t making excuses. Afghanistan bossed them with both bat and ball in the crucial stages of the match, and he gave credit where it was due. “Take nothing away from Afghanistan,” he said. “They played very well throughout the whole game, and came out deserved winners.

“You want the lads to kick on and make big contributions. We didn’t do that in the first innings. We’re obviously looking to come back into the game from that. Once Afghanistan got past us, they never really let us [back].”

Taliban Commanders Arrested in Laghman Operation Wed, 13 Mar 2019 06:13:59 +0000

Two Taliban key commanders were detained during an operation conducted by Afghan security forces in eastern Laghman province, a local official said on Wednesday.

Asadullah Dawlatzai a spokesman for Laghman Police told Ariana News that the Afghan forces launched an operation on Tuesday night in Qargayi district of the province.

According to Dawlatzai, two key commanders of the Taliban militants were arrested during the military raids.

The Taliban commanders were identified as Mullah Hassan and Sardar Wali, Dawlatzai said.

The Taliban has not made a comment about the incident yet.

Laghman is among the insecure provinces in eastern Afghanistan, where the Taliban insurgents operate in a number of its districts.

FIFA Extends Suspension of Former AFF Chairman Keramuddin Karim Tue, 12 Mar 2019 13:22:23 +0000

Former chairman of Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) Keramuddin Karim, will be provisionally suspended for an additional 90 days, FIFA said on Tuesday.

“During this time, Mr. Karim will continue to be banned from all football-related activities at both national and international level”, the world soccer’s ruling body added in a statement.

FIFA has provisionally suspended Karim over allegations of physical and sexual abuse of woman members of the federation and imposed sanctions on him.

In December last year, FIFA said the sanction was imposed “in connection with ongoing investigations concerning AFF officials, as reported by local authorities and published by some media.”

Afghanistan Beat Ireland in 4th ODI to Take 2-1 Series lead Fri, 08 Mar 2019 14:43:45 +0000

Afghanistan won the fourth match of the Five-One Day International series against Ireland after beating them by 109 runs in Dehradun to take 2-1 series lead on Friday.  

Opting to bat first after winning the toss Afghanistan top order batsmen were struggled to build a partnership.  At one stage the hosts were six down for 81 in 18th over.

The 50-run partnership between the captain Asghar Afghan and all-rounder Mohammad Nabi, however, pulled things back for Afghanistan. Asghar Afghan scored 54 off 70 balls before being run-out by Dockrell in 33rd over of the match  

After losing the captain,  Mohammad Nabi found another reliable partner Rashid Khan at number 8th. The pair added vital 86 runs more to the total on a turning and bouncy track where the top order found it difficult to negotiate the ball.

Nabi lost his wicket while attempting to go big against J. Cameron-Dow in the 47th over. He scored 64 off 85 balls.

Thereafter, the game was set for Rashid Khan to hit some boundaries and add some crucial runs to the total.  But he could not do much after losing Nabi at the other hand. However, he managed to play a crucial knock of 52 off 58 balls.  In the end, Afghanistan posted 223  in 50 overs.

In chase of the target, Ireland, however, didn’t help their cause, losing wickets in clumps after a steady opening stand of 31.

 The visitors lost three for eight in the beginning and there was another dramatic collapse in the middle, which saw them lose six for 30. Seven batsmen were out either bowled or lbw suggesting that while the Afghanistan bowlers kept things simple by bowling within the stumps, a lot of the batsmen succumbed to cross-batted shots, which weren’t a great option with the ball keeping low.

Aftab Alam took four wickets, while Rashid Khan who named player of the match, took two wickets.  Mujib Rahman took two wickets and Mohammad Nabi got one wicket.

With the win, Afghanistan took a two-one lead in the five-match series with a final match to be played on Sunday (March 10).

Ninth Edition of Ski Tournament Held in Bamyan Fri, 01 Mar 2019 12:23:06 +0000

The ninth annual ski tournament ‘the Afghan Ski Challenge’ were held in central Bamyan province on Friday, where at least 170 local and foreign skiers had participated.

The tournament were held in Koh-e-Baba in Bamiyan where 150 skiers from Maidan Wardak and Bamyan provinces represented Afghanistan. 20 skies from United States, Canada, and Australia had participated at the event.

Afghan skiers grabbed the first, second and third positions in the tournament. 

This comes as Bamyan hosted the fifth round of girls ski competition on Thursday, where at least 12 skiers including one from Kabul had participated.

The tournament were held in “Ganbatak” hills of Bamyan province.

At the end of the event, Fatima Nazari, Freba Ahmadi, and Nazira got, first, second and third positions respectively.

The Afghan Ski Challenge is a backcountry ski race, which takes place every spring in Bamyan province. The event is organized by the Bamyan Ski Club and open to all.

Afghanistan Complete Whitewash over Ireland, Extend Winning Streak to 10 Mon, 25 Feb 2019 04:25:55 +0000

Afghanistan beat Ireland 3-0 in the T20I series in Dehradun to extend the consecutive wins in the shortest format of the game to 10.

The eventful T20I series between the two newest Full Members of ICC came to an end with yet another action-packed match in Dehradun that included Rashid Khan’s as well as Afghanistan’s maiden hat-trick in T20Is.

The day started with Paul Stirling winning the toss and surprisingly putting Afghanistan to bat first. The opening pair of Hazratullah Zazai and Usman Ghani, who had broken the record for highest partnership in T20Is less than 24 hours ago, got Afghanistan to flying start before Ghani lost his wicket for 13 to Boyd Rankin.

The hero of the second match Hazratullah Zazai was the next to go scoring 31 off 17 but it was Mohammad Nabi who launched the assault in today’s game smashing seven sixes and six fours in his match-winning 81 off 36 balls.

Afghanistan passed the 200 marks for the second consecutive time and set a target of 211 for Ireland. Boyd Ranking picked up three wickets including that of Hazratullah Zazai but leaked 53 runs in his fours overs.

Looking for a consolation win, Ireland looked set halfway through the game before Andrew Balbirine lost his wicket to the debutant Ziaur Rahman Sharifi and leaving Ireland 128-2 in 13.4 overs.

The World No. 1 T20I bowler Rashid Khan once again showed his prodigious bowling and made the first-ever hat-trick for himself and Afghanistan in the 18th over of Ireland innings when he sent George Dockrell, SC Getkate and Simi Singh back to the pavilion in three consecutive deliveries.

 Ireland ended their innings with 178/8 to concede the match by 32 runs and the series 3-0 to Afghanistan.

All-rounder Mohammad Nabi was declared the man of the match for his knock of 81 and economic figure of 0/28 and also secured the player of the tournament award for his overall impact in the series including the man of the match performance in the first match of the series.

Mujib Excluded from Squad for Ireland Test Fri, 08 Feb 2019 12:25:33 +0000

Mujeeb Ur Rahman has been left out of Afghanistan’s 14-member Test squad that will take on Ireland next month in Dehradun.

Both teams play each other in all three formats from February 21.

The other notable absentee was opener Mohammad Shahzad. He couldn’t find a place in the T20I side, but was included to play the ODIs and Test match.

There were three new additions in the Afghanistan squad from their inaugural Test against India last year: left-hand batsman Ikram Ali Khil, left-arm seamer Waqar Salamkheil and allrounder Sharafuddin Ashraf.

Both Ikram and Waqar are yet to make an international appearance for Afghanistan.

Ikram has scored 343 runs from six first-class games at an average of 38.11, while Waqar has 56 wickets at an average of 21.46 from seven first-class matches.

Sharafuddin, on the other hand, has played 14 ODIs and six T20Is.

Zahir Khan, the left-arm wristspinner, found a place in both ODI and T20I squads, while left-arm orthodox spinner Zia-Ur-Rehman was included in the T20I side. Ikram is part of the ODI squad as well.

Before the only Test, the two sides will play three T20Is followed by five ODIs. For both Afghanistan and Ireland this will be their second Test.

As preparation, the Afghanistan players had trained in Chennai and Bengaluru prior to the series.

T20I squad: Asghar Afghan (capt), Usman Ghani, Najeeb Tarakai, Hazratullah Zazai, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Shafiqullah Shafaq, Rashid Khan, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Farid Malik, Sayed Shirzad, Zia-Ur-Rehman, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Zahir Khan, and Sharafuddin Ashraf.

ODI squad: Asghar Afghan (capt), Mohammad Shahzad, Noor Ali Zadran, Javed Ahmadi, Hazratullah Zazai, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shinwari, Mohammad Nabi, Najibullah Zadran, Ikram Ali Khil, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Rashid Khan, Karim Janat, Gulbadin Naib, Aftab Alam, Dawlat, Zahir Khan, Farid Malik, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Shapoor Zadran, and Sayed Shirzad.

Test squad: Asghar Afghan (capt), Mohammad Shahzad, Ihsan Janat, Javed Ahmadi, Rahmat Shah, Nasir Jamal, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Ikram Ali Khil, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Wafadar Momand, Yamin Ahmadzai, Sharafuddin Ashraf, and Waqar Salamkheil.

With inputs from Espncricinfo