Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, received members of the teams of Afghanistan’s Football Premier League this noon in ARG.
The President thanked the athletes for giving priority to sports, and said that it is the duty of government to back the athletes of the country. He said that sports and positive cooperation will make the country proud and the flag fly high.
Thanking the international referees, President Ghani said that on the sports grounds one can learn mutual respect, rules of the game and basics of team work.
President Ghani asked the football players to strive for greater achievements and called football a major example of social cooperation and a sign of developing public assets.
Thanking the sponsors and organizers of Afghanistan’s Premier league, the President said that sound competition brings about solidarity and that sports project the new image of Afghanistan to the world.
President Ghani stated that the government plans to launch a national program to strengthen sports and support preservation of historical heritage.
In this meeting, Mohammad Yousef Kargar technical vice President of Afghanistan’s Football Federation, Hajra Abul Fazalcaptain of National Women’s Football team and Massoud Qarizada, a member of Mawjhai Amu football team spoke on behalf of others.
Yousef Kargar thanked President Ghani for his support to Afghanistan’s football and said that Afghanistan’s Premier League Tournaments have been received well on national and international levels for four years now. Mr. Kargar added that football has strengthened national solidarity and unity among all the people of Afghanistan.
Hajra Abul Fazal said that the women’s football team has been playing for a decade now and has participated in numerous national and international events.
Asking for further support of the government in development of sports in the country, especially women’s football, Ms. Hajra described football as a connecting point that brings smiles to all.
She further thanked the organizers and sponsors of Premier League for inviting four women football teams to participate in the tournament. She said that Afghanistan’s football has reached a high level and called on all athletes, especially sportswomen, to strive more than ever.
At the end of this meeting, Ms. Saame’a Hamasy gave a picture of President Ghani that she had painted herself as a gift to him.