Afghanistan won the coin toss but chose to field first. Kenya scored 93 runs. Afghanistan easily reached the target in 20.5 overs, thanks to excellent batting from Mohammad Nabi who hit 46 runs (not out).
With this historical win, Afghanistan for the first time in history has secured a spot in the 2015 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Afghanistan will be grouped in Pool A at the World Cup, amongst cricket power houses like Australia and England.
This makes it now 2 months in a row where Afghan sports has shined. Last month, the national football (soccer) team defeated India to win the 2013 South Asian Football Federation Cup – the country’s first international trophy in the sport.
This week, officials from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) announced that they are planning to invest $1.5 million (US) to train nearly 2000 government officials including 1,200 policemen in order to combat violence against women and girls in the country. – Shamshad TV
A new political movement, “Mawje Tahwol” or “Waves of Change” was formed this week as a means to encourage greater women’s participation in the upcoming elections and create awareness among the masses to vote responsibly, according to its head, Fawzia Kofi. – Tolo News
Officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock said this week that saffron cultivation and production have increased compared to last year, and that cultivation has been increased to almost 26 provinces. The Ministry said that in the future, the cultivation of saffron will have a strong positive effect on Afghanistan’s economy. – Bakhtar News Agency
The Afghan power company, Da Afghanistan Breshna Shirkat (DABS), said earlier this week that a contract with a Turkish company for a power expansion project in Kabul has been signed. According to DABS, more than 40,000 families of Qala Mohib, Chil Dokhtaran and Dashti Barchi areas would have access to power as a result of this project. – Pajhwok Afghan News
Afghanistan made history tonight by defeating India 2-0 in the final match of the (SAFF) South Asian Football Federation Cup in Kathmandu, Nepal. It was the first time in history that Afghanistan has won this tournament. The first goal came from Mustafa Azadzoy in the 8th minute, and the second was scored by Sandjar Ahmadi close to the 62nd minute. In the meantime, Afghan goalkeeper Mansur Faqiryar did a phenomenal job of preventing opposition goals – not just in this game, but the tournament as a whole.
Celebrations have erupted across Afghanistan. There are even reports that the provincial governor of Balkh province, Atta Mohammad Noor, and Olympia Oil have offered thousands of dollars to the team as a reward for their success. Afghan football have improved tremendously over the recent years. Last month, Afghanistan defeated rival Pakistan 2-0 in the first international football match held in Kabul in 10 years. The SAFF Championship started on August 31st with 8 teams participating. The teams were divided into 2 groups. Group A consisted of India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Afghanistan was put in group B with Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Bhutan.
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Afghanistan defeated Nepal 1-0 in a 2013 SAFF (South Asian Football Federation) Championship semi-final match on Sunday night in Kathmandu, Nepal. Afghanistan took the lead early in the football (soccer) match when Afghan attacker Sandjar Ahmadi scored the only goal of the game after the 10th minute. No more goals were scored as Afghan goalie Mansur Faqiryar brilliantly stopped one Nepalese attack after another. With this win, Afghanistan has become the first team to make it to the final match, which will be against the winner of the Maldives vs. India match on Monday night. The final match is scheduled for Wednesday, September 11th. A total of 8 teams participated in the tournament, which started on August 31st. Besides Afghanistan, and host country Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, Maldives and Sri Lanka participated in the tournament.
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Afghan men athletes aren’t the only ones making news recently. Afghanistan’s female football (soccer) team defeated Kyrgyzstan’s national team 1-0 in a friendly match held yesterday in Kyrgyzstan. The goal of the game came from captain Sajia Sahar. Â The team will next play against Tajikistan on Monday.
The team is currently playing a series of friendly matches in preparation for the 2013 SAFF (South Asian Football Federation) Gold Cup, which is scheduled from August 31st to September 11th in Nepal. Â Last year, the team finished in third place in the event, even beating their rivals Pakistan 4-1.
ï»¿Afghanistan’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology announced that $50 million will be invested to change the broadcast of TV channels from analog to digital, greatly improving picture quality. The new digital system will cover all of Afghanistan. – Ariana News
A park and community center for women were inaugurated in Afghanistan’s central Bamyan province yesterday. In the center, women will be able to weave carpets, hold meetings, and discuss issues and problems affecting their community. The project worth $550,000 was funded by Japan, and it took one year to complete. – Pajhwok Afghan News
A power tower was inaugurated in the Derwaz district of Badakhshan province in northern Afghanistan earlier this week to provide the residents of the frontier districts with electricity. – Bakhtar News Agency
Local officials in Farah province announced earlier in the week that the yield from this year’s watermelon harvest of 544,000 tons doubled the amount produced last year. Broader distribution of seeds, favorable weather conditions and successful efforts to curb pest infestation, were cited as reasons for the increase. – Tolo news
Afghanistan’s Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled announced earlier in the week that in past two years, nearly 7,500 men and women have undergone vocational trainings in 13 provinces. – Shamshad TV
ï»¿Afghanistan and Pakistan played a historic friendly soccer (football) match today in Kabul’s Ghazi Stadium. It was the first international soccer match be hosted in Kabul in over a decade, and it was the first match between the neighboring countries in 36 years. Thirty-six years ago, Afghanistan defeated Pakistan 2-0, and today, they shut them down again with a score of 3-0. The goals for Afghanistan were scored by Sanjar Ahmadi in the first half, and by Ahmad Arash Atifi and Maroof Mohammadi in the second half. Afghan coach Homayun Kargar told reporters, “I am hopeful the match will send a message of goodwill to the people of Pakistan and Afghanistan and their governments”. High level government officials, including members of parliament were in attendance. There was also a considerable number of female Afghan soccer fans. The two countries will hold another match in Pakistan, scheduled for December in Lahore.
ï»¿An inauguration ceremony was held yesterday in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Khost celebrating the start of construction on a new 160 meter long bridge that will traverse the Sheml river in the Farm Bagh area of the province. The project, which is expected to take 18 months, is being funded by the World Bank at a cost of 67 million afghanis, according to Khost’s provincial governor, Abdul Jabbar Naeemi.
The bridge will not only help Afghan traders import goods from neighboring Pakistan, but also families that live across the river who have no access to schools, hospitals or markets. The bridge will make it easier for them to cross the river to meet their needs.
Construction work on a new building for Kabul University’s Computer Science Faculty was inaugurated today by Afghanistan’s Minister of Higher Education, Obaidullah Obaid, and the Japanese Ambassador to Afghanistan, Hiroshi Takahashi. The planned four-story building is being funded by the Japanese government at a cost of $8.2 million, and is expected to be completed in 18 months. This project will help solve some of the space and building shortage the university is currently facing. In addition, 10 buses were also delivered to Kabul University by the Japanese Ambassador. Over the past 11 years, Japan has provided Afghanistan with $4 billion in aid, $40 million just to the education sector.
ï»¿Yesterday, Afghanistan defeated Namibia in a 3-day Intercontinental Cup (IC) match by 10 wickets.
On day one, Namibia won the coin toss and chose to bat first. In their first inning, Namibia scored 190 runs. Afghanistan’s captain, Mohammad Nabi took 6 of Namibia’s 10 wickets for 33 runs. For part of day 1 and day 2, Afghanistan batted and scored 354 runs. Ashgar Stanikzai scored his first century in 198 balls and added a total of 127 runs to the Afghan total for the day. Former captain Nawroz Mangal scored 59 runs and Dawlat Zadran scored 50. On day 3, Namibia only managed to score 168 runs in their second inning – thanks to great bowling from Afghanistan. Izatullah Dawlatzai took 5 wickets including a hat-trick in the 67th over. In Afghanistan’s second inning, they easily made the 5 runs that were required to achieve their 10 wicket win.
With this win, Afghanistan earns 20 points and falls in second place behind Ireland in the overall IC points table. Scotland is currently in third place. If Afghanistan defeats Kenya, they will automatically go the finals. Afghanistan’s cricket matches against Namibia aren’t over yet.
In a major effort to improve health care delivery, Afghanistan’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) announced today that a total of 78 hospitals throughout the country will be connected to each other and international hospitals abroad via optical fiber technology. Doctors in Afghanistan will be able to consult with experts in international research centers to help diagnose and treat patients. This will be very beneficial for provinces with little access to advanced health facilities. The project will cost $4 million and will be completed over the next three years.