The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Happy moment for Afghans as Afghanistan reach Futsal World Cup

The draw for Uzbekistan 2024 is scheduled to take place on
26 May in Samarkand in Uzbekistan.

Afghanistan for the first time has concluded a fairy tale tournament by edging the Kyrgyz Republic to reach the Futsal World Cup 2024. Afghans have all hailed and congratulated the team for its tremendous performance and qualification for the 2024 Futsal World Cup. The Islamic Emirate spokesperson, Zabihullah Mujahid, has also congratulated the victory of the futsal team on his X social media platform. The victory has brought happiness for Afghans inside and outside the country. Most Afghans have widely celebrated the country’s national Futsal team victory as Afghanistan for the first time has reached the Futsal World Cup. Most Afghans have posted and shared their congratulatory messages on various social media platforms. The country’s national cricket player Mohammad Nabi on his Facebook page wrote: “Our futsal team for the first time qualified for the World Cup, livelong youths!” “I congratulate the qualification of our futsal team in the World Cup to the entire zealous Afghan nation,” he said. Unknown at the continental level at the start of the month, Afghanistan has scripted one of the great futsal fairy tales by reaching the global showpiece at the first time of asking. Having raised eyebrows by pushing powerhouse IR Iran in their opening match and then progressing from the group, the Afghans were involved in a triple Central Asian tangle that ultimately saw them reach the FIFA Futsal World Cup. Defeat at the hands of Tajikistan in the first of the quarter-finals looked to have marked the end for the daring debutants only for World Cup hosts Uzbekistan to see off Vietnam in the last of the final eight match-ups to necessitate a play-off to determine the final slot at the sport’s showpiece event. A 5-3 win against Iraq in the first round of the playoffs set up this winner-takes-all affair with a Kyrgyz Republic outfit also eyeing a maiden World Cup berth. Settling the better of the two teams, it was a ninthminute Omid Qanbari effort that sent Afghanistan to the break with a narrow lead; one that they would double nine minutes after the restart as an own goal from Mukhamed Askarbekov made it 2-0. A frantic ten-minute period then produced six goals but with the Kyrgyz Republic always chasing the match, the Afghans never looked too troubled, with two late, long-range, goals from captain Mahdi Norowzi and Mehran Gholami capping off the impressive 5-3 win. Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, France, Guatemala, Iran, Kazakhstan, Libya, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, Spain, Tajikistan, Thailand, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Venezuela. It is determined that the Futsal World Cup is going to be held between 14 September and 6 October 2024 in Uzbekistan. The draw for Uzbekistan 2024 is scheduled to take place on 26 May in Samarkand in Uzbekistan. The 24 nations will be split into six groups of four. The top two in each group, along with the four best third-placed teams, will reach the knockout phase. Thereafter, a last 16, quarterfinals, semi-finals, a third-place play-off and a final will unfold. It is worth mentioning that Futsal is a football-base game played on a hard court like a basketball court, smaller than a football pitch, and mainly indoors. It has similarities to five-a-aside football and indoor football. It is played between two teams of five players each, one of whom is the goalkeeper. Unlimited substitutions are permitted. Unlike some other forms of indoor football, it is played on a hard court surface marked by lines; walls or boards are not used. It is played with a smaller, harder, lower-bounce ball than association football. The surface, ball and rules favor ball control and passing in small spaces. The game emphasizes control, improvisation, creativity and technique. Mashal Noori

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.