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Afghans worldwide watch soccer final

by Sayer Zaland, President ASJF

KABUL, October 19, 2016 - The Roshan Afghan Premier League (RAPL) 2016 final match between Shaheen Asmayee and De Maiwand Atalan took place at the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) stadium earlier this month with Asmayee winning the championship for the third time in the last five years.

The desire to stand as RAPL 2016 champions and to recover the deficit made Atalan focus on strikers and utilize any counter-strikes, yet the strategy and struggle lacked any real spark. Finally, De Maiwand Atalan conceded 2-1 the final game to Shaheen Asmayee and stood as runners-up in the RAPL 2016.

The RAPL final game attracted an estimated 18.6 million viewers on television and through the internet.

The viewers, both in Afghanistan and across the world, were in addition to the capacity crowd of 7,000 fans who packed the Afghanistan Football Federation stadium in Kabul for the final.

The tremendous viewership of the title game proved that the Afghan Premier League is a success, and that Afghan footballers demand attention on the world stage. The final also raised anticipation for what is expected to be an exciting sixth season in 2017.

Stars who shone included De Maiwand goalie Qayom Sepand, who warded off an aggressive Shaheen offense throughout the first half, and Asmayee player Amrudin Sharifi, whose two second-half goals carried the Kabul team to victory.

The president of Afghanistan Football Federation Gen. Keramuldin Karim said during the closing ceremony of the RAPL that the teams played very well and that the AFF were happy with the new players. “ The main aim is to bring new faces to the game and then bring the talented players to the national team,” Karim said.

The head coach of Afghanistan football national team Peter Segret was also happy with the performance of the new players and hoped that in coming years there will be more more players for the national team.

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