United Nations representative praises Afghanistan’s SAFF Championship triumph

The victory of Lions of Khorasan over the Blue Tigers continues to make headlines across the world with them being flooded with congratulatory messages...

Afghanistan downed India 2-0 in the final of the SAFF Championship at Kathmandu, Nepal last week and they have been heaped upon with praise from all quarters.

On Monday, Jan Kubis, an United Nations special representative for Afghanistan, congratulated the national team for its victory in the south Asian competition.

"Afghanistan's 2-0 win over India for the South Asian Football Federation Championship trophy was a historic occasion - the country's first international football victory," he said in a statement issued here by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

"The win has also seen the Afghanistan National Football Team rise seven places in FIFA's world rankings table to the 132nd spot - another cause for celebration."

Afghanistan’s victory over India was their first ever triumph on an international stage and their next target is to qualify for the Asian Cup 2015 by winning the AFC Challenge Cup in 2014 to be held in Maldives.

The eight participating teams were India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Bhutan.

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