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Afghanistan Gets Set for the Launch of the 4th Annual RAPL Main Event

Afghanistan's Largest Sporting Event 

August 26th 2015 - The Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF), Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading total communications provider, and MOBY GROUP, Afghanistan’s largest media conglomerate are proud to announce the commencement of the fourth annual Roshan Afghan Premier League Main Event. The opening ceremony will take place on Thursday August 27, 2015. Shortly following the festivities and announcements, the games will kick off with last year's champions Shaheen Asmayee facing off against the champions of the 2015 Nawroz Tournament, Simorgh Alborz. 

We are looking forward to improving upon last year's jubilation for the league, which was tangibly felt throughout the country. The 2014 RAPL season saw millions of Afghans cheer on young footballers from across the country as they competed for pride, love of football, and the prestigious RAPL trophy. At least 52.6% (13.5 million viewers) of the population watched Shaheen Asmayee win their second straight title (AMMC – 2014 survey). 

“Roshan is proud to once again be the title sponsor of the Roshan Afghan Premier League, as the start of another exciting season is upon us. As the tournament enters its fourth year, the RAPL has made real progress in bringing together communities across Afghanistan and showcasing the skill and talent of the country’s young athletes. Roshan’s sponsorship of the RAPL fits perfectly with our philosophy of providing opportunities for young Afghans of all backgrounds to achieve their dreams, and nurturing their talent as they go on to become the country’s next generation of leaders,” said Karim Khoja, CEO of Roshan

"In the last three years, the Roshan Afghan Premier League showed that it is the favorite league of Afghans as it has introduced football to Afghan society and is the symbol of national unity between the various tribes in Afghanistan. The Afghanistan football federation has worked hard to introduce the 2015 RAPL Main Event champion to represent Afghanistan in the upcoming South Asian Football Championship matches. 

AFF officials, in close cooperation with their RAPL colleagues will do their best to make the fourth season of RAPL the most exciting and memorable one ever," said Keramuddin Karim, President of AFF

"The RAPL has become a symbol of hope for Afghanistan as it is the largest professional sporting event in the country every year. The young men and women of the RAPL inspire optimism in the current generation in Afghanistan,” said Shafic Gawhari, CEO of MOBY GROUP Afghanistan and RAPL Commissioner.

ABOUT THE ROSHAN AFGHAN PREMIER LEAGUE (RAPL) The 2015 RAPL Nawroz Tournament marks the start of season four of Afghanistan's first and only professional football league. The league is fully supported by FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation. All playing rules and regulations are in accordance with those set forth by FIFA and the AFC. All RAPL matches are broadcast LIVE on TOLO TV and Lemar TV, as well as on radio stations Arman FM and Arakozia FM. The matches are also available via cable TV, and online. Follow the competition on www.AfghanPremierLeague.com. 

ABOUT ROSHAN Roshan has been the exclusive official Title sponsor of the Roshan Afghan Premier League (RAPL) since its creation four years ago. Roshan (Telecom Development Company Afghanistan Ltd) is Afghanistan's leading total communications provider with over 6.5 million active subscribers and a network that covers over 287 districts and cities in all of the country's 34 provinces. Roshan is a true Afghanistan success story, serving as a catalyst for economic growth and actively contributing to the country's long-term development. Since its inception in 2003, Roshan has invested over $600 million in Afghanistan and is the country's single largest investor and taxpayer, contributing approximately 5% of the Afghan government's overall domestic revenue. Roshan directly employs more than 1,100 people, 19% of whom are women, and provides indirect employment to more than 35,000 people. Roshan is deeply committed to Afghanistan's reconstruction and development. The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), is a major shareholder of Roshan and promotes private initiatives and building economically sound enterprises in the developing world. Also owned in part by Monaco Telecom International (MTI) and Telia Sonera, Roshan brings international expertise to the country and is committed to the highest standards of network quality and coverage for the people of Afghanistan. 

ABOUT THE AFGHAN FOOTBALL FEDERATION (AFF) Roshan Afghan Premier League is owned by the Afghan Football Federation ("AFF"). The AFF is the controlling body for the sport in the country, and was admitted to FIFA in 1948. The Afghanistan Football Federation is a Non-Governmental Association which began serving football activities for Afghanistan in 1922. The federation is nonprofit body who wanted to establish an environment in which people who are interested in football could join and be a part of the wider football community. The federation continues to organize all types of football (Soccer, Beach Soccer, Mini Soccer, Street Soccer, etc) within Afghanistan through various tournaments, leagues, championships and courses. The Afghanistan Football Federation is recognized by the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) and their staff (AFF) are professionally qualified by them. 

ABOUT MOBY GROUP MOBY GROUP was launched in 2002 by the Mohseni family with the establishment of the first private radio station, Arman FM, in post-conflict Afghanistan. Since then, the group has evolved into a leading media and entertainment company employing over 1,000 employees spanning across a diversified portfolio of 17 businesses and seven markets. Headquartered in Dubai Studio City, the group’s operations serve over 300 million people from Central Asia to North Africa. Since its inception, MOBY GROUP has developed unique skills and expertise in launching and building media businesses in high-growth, emerging, and frontier markets. The group’s strategy is to build on its successes in its existing markets and identify new opportunities and markets that have historically been neglected, underdeveloped or inefficiently managed. The group also seeks to expand its reach regionally and globally through new initiatives via online and digital platforms. 

For any questions please contact: 

(RAPL): Samim Rohany - Media Relation Officer 

Office: +93 784 782 002 Email: Samim.Rohany@mobygroup.com www.afghanpremierleague.com 

Roshan: Shafi Sharifi - Public Relations Manager Office: +93 799 999 065 Email: Shafi.Sharifi@roshan.af Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF): Sayed Ali Kazemi - Media Relations Manager Office: +93 700 150 123 Email: salikazemi@outlook.com