Afghanistan’s under-15 team lost one match but won three and went on to scoop the CAFA championship cup over the weekend
Under-15 Team Returns Home To Hero’s Welcome
The under-15 national football team received a warm welcome on their arrival back home on Monday after having scooped the Central Asian Football Federation (CAFA) championship trophy in Tajikistan over the weekend.
Dozens of football fans and officials had gathered at the Hamid Karzai International Airport to welcome the youngsters home.
Sayed Ali Kazimi, the team’s coach, said their win was a gift to the Afghan people.
“This is our youngest sons’ gift to the Afghan people. Winning was very difficult in the competition, but our team played well and today they brought home the championship cup,” said Kazimi.
“Our most challenging game was against the Uzbekistan team but we finally defeated the team and become the champions,” said Arif Nizami, the team’s captain.
Meanwhile, the football federation said they have plans to ensure the youngsters get the support needed to maintain their winning streak.
“Investment in the young players is one of the long-term plans of the federation and it has helped us achieve success. In the next four years these players will be invited to play in the adult teams and we are trying to support them so they become as good as those who play in Europe,” said technical deputy head, Yusuf Kargar.