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Afghanistan National Football team secures victory over India

In a fantastic and thrilling match, the Afghanistan national football team stunned India with a 2-1 victory. The contest was held in India’s Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium in Guwahati, where the Indian team faced a shock defeat against Afghanistan. The Indian captain, Sunil Chhetri, scored the first goal, putting India in the lead. However, his team allowed Afghanistan to score two late goals, letting them win the match in a Round 2 match of the FIFA World Cup 2026 qualifiers. Afghanistan came to a draw in a previous match held against India in Saudi Arabia. In the second half of the match, Rahmat Akbari equalized the game in the 70th minute. However, the decisive mo ment came when Sharif Mohammad scored the game from a penalty point, sealing victory for Afghanistan. “India is a great team. We deserve that win. We came out of the second half; we were just all out. This is basically a grand final for us to stay in the World Cup qualifiers, and we achieved that. The boys were great. They put in a great shift. We have two more games to go, so hopefully, we will get a good result against Kuwait and Qatar,” shared Rahmat Akbari following the match. Afghanistan is scheduled to encounter Qatar and Kuwait in upcoming matches on June 6 and 11, respectively. Afghanistan is in group a standing, where Qatar is placed at the top with three wins from as many matches. The Qatari team defeated Afghanistan 8-1 in their opening match and followed it up with a 3-0 victory over India. Afghanistan is in third place with four points from two matches, having won, drawn one, and lost four matches in the tournament. According to Afghanistan’s national football team, Ashley Westwood, four of Afghanistan’s players do not currently have a club to play and weren’t in the middle of a football season like every Indian player on the pitch was. The Afghans struggled to put a team together for these qualifiers due to disputes between the players and management. Nisar Ahmad

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.