Afghanistan are brimming with confidence after they confirmed their place in the finals of the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship. They did so by beating match favourites and tournament hosts, Nepal, in the capital city of Kathmandu.
Now, as they await the identity of their fellow finalists, players from the Afghan camp believe it is irrelevant who they face, so long as they come out on top.
“I feel very good and it’s amazing today. The atmosphere in the stadium is very good and nice people here. Like 2011 we won again and we are very happy with this win,” elucidated a proud Sanjdar Ahmadi, who scored the winning goal for his country in the tenth minute.
“It doesn’t matter who scored the goal but the team played well and I scored my first goal in this tournament for my country. I am very happy that I scored the winner against Nepal that helped us to reach the final.”
When queried on his thoughts of the opposition for the final, whose identity will be revealed on Monday, Ahmadi expounded, “For us it doesn’t matter who plays against us, whether it is India or Maldives. Inshallah (God willing) we will win this tournament this time and I hope India will be in the final.”
Afghan skipper Haroon Fakhruddin tallied his votes alongside Ahmadi and stated, “Oh it’s a great win for us and it’s a dream come true. Two years ago we played in the final and it was a disappointing result for us. Now we are in the final again and we are ready for it.”
He also said, mincing no words that his side were desperate to avenge their loss in the competition two years ago.
“India and Maldives are good teams but we don’t know much about it. We are ready for the final whoever it is,” explained the Mumbai FC player.
“It’s a dream come true when we won a match against the host nation in front of their own supporters,” concluded the captain.
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