“The Most Exciting and Biggest Event to Date”
Kabul; September 05, 2017, the Afghan Premier League (APL) will launch its 2017 Championship Tournament at Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) stadium on Thursday September 7th, 2017 at 3:00pm. This marks the successful completion of the 2017 regional tournaments (Road to 2017 APL) and selection of top 21 players of each zone in their respective APL teams.
Shaheen Asmayee, De Maiwand Atalan, Toofan Harirod, Simorgh Alborz, Mawjhai Amu, De Spinghar Bazan, De Abasin Sape, and Oqaban Hindukosh are the eight APL teams representing all 34 provinces in Afghanistan and will compete against each other in the group stage of the tournament, with four teams advancing to the Semi-finals.
The opening ceremony will include 2017 APL’s new THEME SONG performed LIVE by multiple well-known Afghan singers, the audience wearing colors to symbolize the Afghan flag and many more surprises.
The first day of the tournament will continue with the opening match between the winner of the 5th Season and the Kabul Zone’s representative, Shaheen Asmayee, against De Spinghar Bazan representing the eastern zone. The APL’s two groups (A and B) for the 2017 Championship Tournament were determined by the draw show which was broadcast on August 25th in Kabul.
The opening ceremony as well as all matches will be broadcast LIVE on TOLO TV, Lemar TV and simulcast on Arman FM, Arakozia FM as well as online via the APL Official YouTube Channel, website, and other social media platforms.
At least 18.6 million viewers ̶ in the country as well as Afghans around the world ̶ watched the 2016 APL championship match between Shaheen Asmayee and De Maiwand Atalan via the APL’s YouTube channel and Tolo TV live broadcast. Additionally, more than 7,000 spectators attended the final game last year (KAL – 2016 survey). The statistics surmised to increase in 2017.
“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our beloved and honorable people on the launch of sixth season. I am delighted that the AFF with close cooperation of Moby Group and the league’s sponsors, Roshan and Pamir Group of Companies, successfully conducted the league for five consecutive years. Now, we are starting the sixth season while facing some tackles, yet the best steps are taken by our colleagues and stakeholders to address the challenges and make the league more professional and flawless soon. The AFF and APL officials had several meetings with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to seek possible ways for bringing improvements to the league. Moreover, upon an agreement with AFC, the champions of APL will have the chance to represent Afghanistan in the AFC Cup. I am hopeful that the sixth season would be a great and successful season and I invite all our beloved people to join us in the stadium and support their teams.” Mr. Keramudin Karim, the AFF president.
“It gives me great pleasure to announce the beginning of the 6th season for the APL. The best players from across the country have gathered in Kabul to compete in yet another exciting season. Thousands of fans are eagerly waiting to watch their favorite teams and players compete against each other. With the help of our partners in the AFF, I am confident this will be the best season yet!” APL Commissioner, Mr. Shafic Gawhari.
"As a founding sponsor, we’re thrilled to see that the Afghan Premier League (APL) has brought soccer to the homes of every Afghan family across the country,” said Altaf Ladak, Deputy CEO of Roshan. “Roshan's support for APL has improved quality of soccer across the country and we’re excited to see the league is growing into a sustainable entity & enabling the rise of the next generation of Afghan athletes."
"Pamir group of companies (Pamir Cyclets and Party energy drink) is proud of taking steps for the development and promotion of sports in Afghanistan by commencing sponsorship of the Afghan Premier League and is committed to increase its investments in sports, particularly in Football. We regard the improvement of football amongst the youth as a service for building a space of solidarity and alongside the rest of our social and cultural programs; we will continue its sponsorship,” commented Haji Parwiz Faqiri, CEO of Pamir Group.