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Selectors for the national volleyball youth team are attending the championship volleyball games in Afghanistan's north to scout for potential players.

Officials from Kabul headed to the capital of northern Balkh province Mazar-e-Sharif where the matches began Thursday in Tafahusat field with nine teams drawn from eight provinces, according to the Afghan Volleyball Federation.

"The committee which has come from Kabul will select the best players for our youth and teenager national teams," Volleyball Federation chief Mohammad Yonos Popalzai told TOLOnews.

"The matches started today and will continue until Sunday," he added.

The players welcomed the games as a chance to improve their skills and the level of competition in the country.

"Such matches are practical to improve the talent of the youth and to improve volleyball overall as well," one of the players said. "From the matches that we have had in past, it worked well [to help improve]."

The teams participating came from Balkh, Kunduz, Faryab, Jawzjan, Samangan, Baghlan, Takhar and Badakshan provinces.

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