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The Mumbai FC defender was over the moon after Afghanistan's 3-0 victory over Pakistan in a friendly, ahead of the South Asian competition...


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The Afghanistan national team defeated Pakistan by a scoreline of 3-0 to record a home win for the first time in 10 years.

While the match was played with the view of helping both the nations in preparing for the SAFF Championship 2013, Afghan player Haroon Fakruddin Amiri terms the win over their neighbouring rivals as "special".

"It's a great victory for us. [It is] always a special win against Pakistan," he expressed in an exclusive chat with GOAL.

"Yeah, and you know what - last night in Afghanistan no one slept, everyone celebrated till morning," stated Amiri, as he wasn't able to hide his excitement.

The 23-year-old accepted that Pakistan are a strong team, who will play in Group A of the SAFF Championship along-side India, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Afghanistan are placed in Group B with the likes of Maldives, Sri Lanka and Bhutan.

"We are going to win [the competition] this time, inshallah," Amiri mentioned, while revealing who he thinks will be Afghanistan's strongest rivals from the group stage.

"Maldives is very difficult in our group, but I would love to play India in final because India beat us last time," he concluded, reflecting on the final of the 2011 edition of the tournament, in which the Blue Tigers overcame the Lions of Khorasan 4-0 in New Delhi.

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