Football: Afghanistan stuns India to win SAFF title
KATHMANDU: Revenge-seeking Afghanistan broke India’s stranglehold on the South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) title with an impressive 2-0 win over the two-time defending champions in Kathmandu on Wednesday.
The sturdy Afghans never looked back after Mustafa Azadzoy put them ahead in the ninth minute of the fast-paced final, with Sandjar Ahmadi extending the lead in the 62nd minute.
An estimated 5,000 fans at the Dasarath Rangashala stadium in the Nepalese capital were treated to attacking football in a repeat of the previous final in 2011 in New Delhi between the same teams.
The Afghans had publicly spoken about their intention to seek revenge for the humiliating 4-0 loss to India in that final, which they blamed on poor supervision by the referee.
自从Mustafa Azadzoy在快节奏决赛的第九分钟把比分领先后，强健的阿富汗队就再也没让比分落后，Sandjar Ahmadi在第62分钟扩大领先优势。
We Got the Revenge,,,Afghanistan Zindabad!!
The lions roared and the hapless Indians cowered in defeat. The Afghans have arrived and they will soar to great heights in sports and other fields.
Raj - USA
Wah !!!!!! This is nice and exciting. Keep it up Afghans. Very soon they shall become a team that India and Pakistan will fear in Cricket also.
The Economist (印度)
@Raj – USA:
Too early to comment because in 2014 US military are going back and country will have to stand on its own feet.
S A Khan
Well done Afghanistan! good lesson to India and Pakistan, talent doesnt need better grounds or facilities to win!
Nonetheless, Congratulations! God bless Afghan football! Great beginning guys!
Congratulations to all Afghans and the team Milli for achieving a great milestone. India played well but Afghanistan was determined to bring home the trophy that should have been theirs to defend. Long live Afghanistan and the spirit of sportmanship.
Even though being an indian i must admit that if pakistan had not hit ball in its own court than india would not have reached in quarters and india in this series were not looking best like those in previous cups and afghanistan and also Maldevies were good,and this game proves why afghanistan is raked above all south asian teams and this win will bring lot of positive energy in afghanistan.
I want to congratulate both the indian team and Afghan team for playing great foothball. Both the teams played very well. As an Afghan I am very happy with the result and wish my team success in their future games and hope that they continue their hard work. However I have to give some credit to the Indian team as well, they played some excellent foothball there and made the match as exciting as was expected. India and Afghanistan has very good political and social relationship. Whenever I see indian, they show lots of respect and love for Afghans and Afghans respect them too. Long live Afghanistan and may we always have peace in our country and around the world. WS.
I feel this was not a fair contest, Afghans had the advantage of playing at high altitude, there should be a rematch to decide this, lets play in Calcutta to decide who is the real champion.
It should be a game about football not mountaineering.