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'I felt if we scored early, we would win the game

'I felt if we scored early, we would win the game' - Afghanistan head coach Yousef Kargar

'I felt if we scored early, we would win the game

The Afghan coach was a pleased man after his side booked a berth in the SAFF Championship final on Wednesday...

Afghanistan held off a late storm of Nepalese attacks to hold on for a win that took them through to the final for the second SAFF Championship in a row.

Giving his views on the game, coach Yousef Kargar stated, “We had planned to try and keep the ball for the first 20 minutes and we had confidence in our team. I felt if we scored within 20 minutes, then we would win the match. Also the media has witnessed that it was not a penalty but the referee gave a penalty not once, but twice. However the goalkeeper (Mansur Faqiryar) saved us. “

The 51 year old felt the referee did alright for most of the game, but let himself down with the penalty decision. He opined, “Overall the referee was good, except for that penalty. The goalkeeper had caught the ball and had to save himself. Then he somehow gave a penalty and then he gave another penalty!”


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Giving his version on what transpired in the game, Karger said, “The first half we had control of the game and in the second half they had no choice but to rush and try to score to get level with us. They had goodspeed and energy and we are very happy to beat them.”

Looking forward to the final, the Afghanistan coach maintained that he hoped India make it a re-match of the 2011 SAFF Championship final, and also pointed out how he had gotten the better of coaches, who were not from the same country as the nation they were coaching.

He revealed, “We hope for India, because we hope to get revenge of two years ago. We beat four teams with foreign coaches. Hopefully we will beat the next one also.”

A moment of real concern during the game was an injury to Farzad Ataee, which bought the play to halt for a long-time, as the player seemed unconscious.

Kargar gave an update on the same and mentioned, “Our defender Farzad is in hospital and we don’t know his situation. It was a head injury and he was unconscious.”
 

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