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ASJF awards Mansoor Naderi with AIPS shield for contribution to sport development in Afghanistan

ASJF honored Sayed Sadat Mansoor Naderi, member of the national Cricket Board of Directors and Afghanistan’s Minister of Urban Development and Houses for his continued contribution to sport and sports journalism in the country (Photo: ASJA)
by Shoib Dost, ASJF Media Secretary

KABUL, January 17, 2017 – The ASJF Executive Committee met with Sayed Sadat Mansoor Naderi, member of the national Cricket Board of Directors and Afghanistan’s Minister of Urban Development and Houses.

Naderi is an active member of the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and has been doing his best improve the level of cricket in the country in the last two years.

ASJF President Mr. Sayer Zaland thanked the minister for his time and the opportunity given to ASFA for holding such a great meeting attended by a number of Ministry directors and deputy ministers were present.

Mr. Zaland further added that the meeting’s importance was even greater as it allowed the opportunity to discuss the future of sports in the country.

The ASJF President addressed the Minister explaining that Afghanistan Sports Journalists’ Federation is fully committed to working with him to develop Afghan sports in the future. “As a structured group of journalists who are doing their part in sports, especially in cricket and football, we as ASJF members want to have real athletes on the field and help bring pride to the nation” Zaland said

According to the first vice president of ASJF, Mr. Khoshal Taib, the members of the Afghanistan Cricket Board have served the sport very well, and that it was due to their support that there is now quality cricket in the country.

He added further that Mr. Naderi has the ability to work hard and represent the nation just as he did during his own days as a cricket player who played for a number of UK teams.

Taib explained that in presenting Mr. Naderi with the special AIPS shield, ASJF is honoring the work and that the Minister has done in the past two years for sports in general and for cricket in particular and for promoting it nationwide

The ASJF representatives explained that, for the first time, Afghanistan can pride itself on having a national Sports Journalists’ Federation, which statues itself as top supporter of of youth, journalists and athletes in the country.

The ASJF president and EC members awarded Mr. Sayed Sadat Mansoor Naderi with the special shield of AIPS as the first Afghan minister who has dedicated his time to promoting sports and working with sports journalists to help solve their problems in the country.

Mr. Naderi thanked ASJF, adding that as the only recognized sports journalists association in Afghanistan, it has the full support of the Ministry.

Naderi added that he is committed to his work in the field of sports as well as in the ministry.
He said, during next two years they will work closely with the ACB and also with ASJF on promoting the spirit of cricket and bringing more talent to the national team of Afghanistan.

Sadat Mansoor Naderi was officially awarded the Peace through Commerce award for 2012 by the United States Department of Commerce in Dubai.

He was also among the most highly praised ministers of the Afghanistan governmental cabinet this year, with approval coming from the national parliament.

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