Sports – Ariana News https://ariananews.af Bringing Afghan News to the World Tue, 21 Jan 2020 12:01:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.5 Maziya wins Dhivehi Premier League, with Afghan National Football players aboard https://ariananews.af/maziya-wins-dhivehi-premier-league-with-afghan-national-football-players-aboard/ Tue, 21 Jan 2020 12:01:35 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=375704 Maziya football team, having two Afghan National Football players in, won Dhivehi Premier League.

Owais Azizi and Sharif Mohammad, Afghan National Football players, hold the Dhivehi Premier League Title with Maziya FC in the Maldives.

Maziya’s match with Green Street FC ended with a result of 5-1 in favour of Maziya.

The match was the 15th victory for the Maziya FC in the league.

Maziya now stands as the champion having 47 points with a difference of 11 points with the second team.

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Afghan Boxer Zakariya Beats Nigerian Rival Gabinga https://ariananews.af/afghan-boxer-zakariya-beats-nigerian-rival-gabinga/ Sun, 19 Jan 2020 11:20:14 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=375431 Zakariya Zamani, an Afghan professional boxer, last night beat his Nigerian opponent, Gabinga, once again.

The competition was a rematch called in on Gabinga’s challenge through the ‘Marine Pro Boxing’ India.

Zakariya Zamani won the match in round 6. He was announced the winner of the match with the highest score.  

To date, Zamani has had 3 professional matches, with no losses at all.

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Afghanistan vs Kirghizstan 19 Year Olds Futsal Tournament, Friday https://ariananews.af/afghanistan-vs-kirghizstan-19-year-olds-futsal-tournament-friday/ Sun, 19 Jan 2020 07:44:41 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=375411 Afghan 19-year-olds female futsal players are preparing for the Central Asia tournaments.

The first round of the Central Asia 19-year-olds futsal tournaments, comprised of Afghanistan, Iran, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kirghizstan, are to take place 24 through 29 January. Tajikistan is hosting the tournaments.

Afghan 19-year-olds female futsal players are going to play its first tournament versus Kirghizstan, this Friday. Secondly, they will be playing versus Iran, next Saturday.

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Afghan National Cricket Players Triumph High Ranks: ICC T20 Ranking https://ariananews.af/afghan-national-cricket-players-triumph-high-ranks-icc-t20-ranking/ Tue, 14 Jan 2020 11:35:54 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=374625 In the recent ranking of T20 cricket players by the ICC, some Afghan Cricket players earned decent ranks.

In the ICC T20 ranking, Rashid Arman and Mujeeb Zadran, two of Afghan National Cricket Team players, secured first and second positions.

On the other hand, in the all-rounder ranking T20, Muhammad Nabi Isa Kheil tops the list keeping the previous record.

Also, Hazratullah Zazai, another Afghan National Cricket Team player, ranked eighth in the bowling field.

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Barcelona signed in Quique Setién as its new coach https://ariananews.af/barcelona-signed-in-quique-setien-as-the-new-coach/ Tue, 14 Jan 2020 08:23:51 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=374607 FC Barcelona has signed an agreement with Quique Setién to become the lead coach until June 30, 2022.

Quique Setién, 61 year replaces Ernesto Valverde. He is from Cantabria in the north of Spain and has previously coached Racing Santander, Poli Ejido, Logroñés, Lugo, Las Palmas, and Betis football teams.

Throughout his career, he has been a proponent of ‘taking over the ball’ and ‘offensive playing’, two of the characteristics his fans love. As a player, Setién was a midfielder who excelled with Racing Santander over 12 seasons. He also featured in Atlético Madrid where he won the Spanish Super Cup.

Setién’s predecessor Valverde, 55, took over from Luis Enrique in the summer of 2017. His first season yielded a league and cup double, but he lost the Champions League title to Rome and was kicked out of the championships. But what made Valverde to be penalized and replaced was this Thursday’s Supercopa defeat against Atletico Madrid in Saudi Arabia. The recent defeat caused him not to stay longer in the club.

Barcelona was founded in 1899 by Joan Gamper. The club has become a symbol of Catalan culture and has a motto “More than a club”. Barcelona is one of the most widely supported teams in the world. This team, along Real Madrid, is also widely supported in Afghanistan and is popular among Afghan youth.

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Ali Zafar Atefi Receives Best Muay Thai Referee Award https://ariananews.af/best-muay-thai-referee-award-goes-to-ali-zafar-atefi/ Sun, 22 Dec 2019 09:20:08 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=348144

Ali Zafar Atefi, an Afghan Muay Thai referee, was chosen as the best referee during the 2019 Asian Muay Thai Championships.

Mr. Zafar was awarded as the best referee by the International Federation of Muay Thai Associations at the closing ceremony of the championship.

The event, held in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), was attended by 300 athletes from 36 countries. Seven athletes, one coach, and two referees represented Afghanistan in this championship.

The Afghan National Muay Thai Team won one gold, one silver, and two bronze medals at the Asian Championships.

Shukria Bahmani won the gold medal in the 60 kg category while Arezo Hussain Zada won the silver medal in the 48 kg category.

Winners of the bronze medals are Shabnam Hussain Zada in the 48 kg category and Shir Hussain Azimi in the 60 kg category.

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Afghanistan Beats Turkmenistan 2-1 at CAFA U-23 Women Championship https://ariananews.af/afghanistan-beats-turkmenistan-2-1-at-cafa-u-23-women-championship/ Fri, 22 Nov 2019 14:09:08 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=344190

The Afghanistan Women’s National Under-23 Football Team defeated Turkmenistan 2-1, in their first game at the Central Asian Football Association U-23 Women Championship on Friday.

Afghan Under 23 female footballers will face Uzbekistan in their second match on Saturday.

The CAFA U-23 Women Championship brings Afghanistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan together.

The tournament is being held in the two host cities of Dushanbe and Hisor in Tajikistan from November 22nd  to November 28th .

A total of 15 matches will be held, with the winners to be determined following the final day of competition.

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Bamyan Hosts Second Cross-country Cycling Race https://ariananews.af/bamyan-hosts-second-cross-country-cycling-race/ Sat, 02 Nov 2019 10:58:39 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=341141 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.

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Afghanistan Leaves for 2020 AFC Futsal Championship Qualification https://ariananews.af/afghanistan-leaves-for-2020-afc-futsal-championship-qualification/ Tue, 22 Oct 2019 12:51:43 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=339521 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.

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Afghanistan National Football Team Plays Against Qatar Tonight https://ariananews.af/afghanistan-national-football-team-plays-against-qatar-tonight/ Thu, 05 Sep 2019 11:37:21 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=331667 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

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Afghanistan Wins Team Category of South Asian Body Building, Physique Sports Championship https://ariananews.af/afghanistan-wins-team-category-of-south-asian-body-building-physique-sports-championship/ Sat, 20 Jul 2019 12:22:34 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=324261 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.

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ACB Suspends 3 Officials After Afghanistan Finished With Zero Points https://ariananews.af/acb-suspends-3-officials-after-afghanistan-finished-with-zero-points/ Sat, 06 Jul 2019 15:16:57 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=321891 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.

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Karim’s Lawyer Rejects Allegations Against His Client https://ariananews.af/karims-lawyer-rejects-allegations-against-his-client/ Wed, 03 Jul 2019 14:46:18 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=321314 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.

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National U20 Futsal Team Warmly Welcomed in Kabul https://ariananews.af/national-u20-futsal-team-warmly-welcomed-in-kabul/ Tue, 25 Jun 2019 11:32:03 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=319662 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.

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Nikpai to Gift One of His Medals to National U20 Futsal Team https://ariananews.af/nikpai-to-gift-one-of-his-medals-to-national-u20-futsal-team/ Sat, 22 Jun 2019 11:54:52 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=318981 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.

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New Four Members Introduced for ACB https://ariananews.af/new-four-members-introduced-for-acb/ Tue, 11 Jun 2019 09:43:30 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=316787 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.

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AGO Issues Arrest Warrant for Keramuddin Karim https://ariananews.af/ago-issues-arrest-warrant-for-keramuddin-karim/ Sun, 09 Jun 2019 11:21:52 +0000 https://ariananews.af/?p=316310 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.

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