Afghanistan is launching its first professional footy championship with the ambitious objective of bringing peace to the war-torn country & with teams chosen on a groundbreaking reality tv show for full coverage Afghanistan First Professional Football League 2012.
Thousands of adolescent Afghans accept already activated to yield part, with the associates of anniversary of the eight teams to be called on the “Maidan e Sabz” (Green field) programme.
It will be the aboriginal Afghan football championship to be advertisement on television. Previous abecedarian competitions accept complex abstruse players and bootless to abduction the public’s imagination.
Football-crazy Afghans are added amorous about European competitions, abnormally Spain’s La Liga. Cushions with the emblems of Barcelona and Real Madrid are generally apparent in the aback shelves of cars in Kabul.
“Sport is aswell a able abject for peace, as it (embodies) ethics such as unity, integration, pride and prevents racism, drugs and added elements that accompany crisis to the country,” said Karim, who is aswell governor of Panjshir province.
AFF affiliate Sayed Ali Reza Aghazada said players would be paid but did not action any added details.
“We are now in a test. This is the aboriginal analysis on that matter. We will draw abstracts at the end of the championship,” he said.For the absoluteness TV section, 30 players will be called out of hundreds for anniversary appearance and put through a alternation of physical, brainy and football tests.
Their achievement will be advised by above Afghan civic aggregation players and coaches and 21 chosen, with anniversary team’s final band of 18 getting absitively by the flat audience.
“We are accomplishing it on TV so that humans can apperceive the players. They will be acclaimed acknowledgment to the absoluteness show. This will advice us to advance football,” said Aghazada.
The tournament, to be played in September and October, will absorb basin and knockout stages with matches advertisement on Afghanistan’s two capital TV channels.
Phone aggregation Roshan, which is allotment the event, said it would be a “unifying institution” for Afghanistan, a country fabricated up of altered and generally adverse indigenous groups.
Football was one of the attenuate activities that able a ban by the Taliban during their hardline Islamist aphorism from 1996 to 2001.
They took advantage of the sport’s acceptance and the ample numbers of assemblage it drew to backpack out punishments, application the half-time breach to chop off the easily of thieves on the pitch.
As NATO’s 130,000 troops adapt to abjure by the end of 2014, Afghanistan is searching to use action as a agency of announcement accord and alienated added bloodshed.
The country’s adolescent candid team, addition attribute of hope, has fabricated abundant strides internationally and has able for this year’s World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.
And all Afghan eyes will be on Rohullah Nikpai during the London Olympics to see if the taekwondo star, who became the country’s aboriginal Olympic champ in 2008, can echo the feat