Hamed Wardak – along with anyone else looking for improvements in Afghanistan conditions – would be only too delighted to hear about its country’s performance in the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Challenge Cup 2012 pre-qualifying round that took place in India. Against Butan, Afghanistan was said to have “easily defeated” their opponents by 3-0 in the first game and 2-0 in the second. In addition, sports is clearly important to Mr. Wardak especially since his founding of Ludus Athletics earlier this year.
The big names behind the goals leading to Afghanistan’s wins were: Mohammad Sediq Walizada, Nadeem Wahid and Israfeel Kohistani.
What’s great about the Asian Football Confederation’s Challenge Cup – especially for countries that win – is that it was set up specifically for “emerging nations.” This way such countries get the opportunity to prove themselves on the field, in not just a competitive, but also a fun way. When they win – as Afghanistan just did – they bring home great cheer and fanfare to their host countries which is always a great morale booster too.