Afghanistan has jumped seven places in the international football federation's (FIFA) world rankings – the biggest mover in the latest edition of the rankings – boosted by its success in the 2013 South Asia Football Federation (SAFF) Cup. The Afghan football team rose to the132nd spot worldwide, after defeating India 2-0 on Wednesday.
Thousands of people welcomed home their national football team and President Hamid Karzai embraced the players upon arrival at the Kabul International Airport from Nepal, where they beat India 2-0 to clinch the country’s first international trophy in the sport.
In a highly entertaining first semifinal, Afghanistan on Sunday outclassed hosts Nepal by a solitary goal to march into the final of the SAFF Football Championship in Katmandu.It was Sanjar Ahmadi who scored the winner in the 10th minute of the play. Afghanistan will meet the winner of the second semifinal between India and Maldives on Wednesday.
Football is a popular sport in Afghanistan and with new events at the provincial and national level the game is getting even more popular.
Afghan National Taekwondo Team that took two bronze medals on Monday at the Polish Open-Warsaw Cup 2013 in Warsaw, Poland, returned to Afghanistan early Wednesday morning met by a warm welcome at the Kabul International Airport.