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Season 3 of the Roshan Afghan Premier League (RAPL) 2014 Kicks Off

August 27th 2014 - Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF), Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading total communications provider, and MOBY GROUP, Afghanistan’s largest media conglomerate are proud to present the launch of the Roshan Afghan Premier League (RAPL) season three which will kick off at 4pm on August 28th at the AFF stadium in Kabul.

Eight teams, each representing one of the eight zones and covering 34 provinces of the country, will compete in an 18-match tournament.

The third season of RAPL takes places after two successful previous seasons during which millions of Afghans watched young athletes from across the country compete for national unity, pride and love of football. The past seasons also established RAPL as the primary testing and recruitment ground for Afghanistan’s national football team, which won the South Asian Football Federation Cup (SAFF) last year.

“Roshan is proud to once again be the RAPL’s title sponsor as we approach the start of another exciting season,” said Karim Khoja, Chief Executive Officer of Roshan. “We have a long track record of supporting sports in Afghanistan, having constructed and financed sports facilities all over the country for more than a decade. As a company whose mission is to connect Afghans of all backgrounds with each other and to the world, we believe the shared love of football can help transcend barriers and unite Afghans.”

“The reflections from the Afghan Premier League and the performance of our national football team led us to being nominated [and winning] FIFA’s Fair Play Awards, “said Yousof Kargar, Vice President of AFF and coach of Afghanistan’s national team. “We also hope to have matches for RAPL’s third season on the same level as FIFA and Asian Football Confederation,” 

“We’re thrilled to be part of Roshan Afghan Premier League (RAPL) and contribute to the promotion of football, the sport which brings Afghans from all corners of the country together to celebrate national unity and see the rise of a new generation of Afghan athletes,” said Shafic Gawhari, CEO of MOBY GROUP Afghanistan and RAPL Commissioner. “We look forward to sharing live the excitement of the games of RAPL’s third season with millions of our Afghan audiences through our media channels: TOLO TV, Lemar TV Arman FM, Arakozia FM,”

Roshan Afghan Premier League is fully supported by FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation and all rules and regulations are in accordance with those set by FIFA and the AFC.

The third season of Afghanistan's first and only professional football league will commence on August 28. The eight teams comprising the RAPL; Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif, Herat, Badakhshan, Kandahar, Jalalabad, Khost, and Panshjir, will play a series of 18 matches which will culminate in a final championship match on October 11th. All matches will take place in Kabul's newly renovated AFF Stadium. 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

Roshan has been the exclusive official Title sponsor of the Roshan Afghan Premier League (RAPL) since its creation three years ago. Roshan (Telecom Development Company Afghanistan Ltd) is Afghanistan's leading total communications provider with over 6 million active subscribers and a network that covers over 234 cities and towns 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 30,000 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.

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.

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 media enquiries or interviews, please contact jonathan.flender@mobygroup.com
or call +9714 4290963

For any questions please contact:

Roshan Afghan Premier League (RAPL):

Nasir Ahmadzai - Public Relations Manager

Office: +93 78 03 89 172
Email: Nasir.Ahmadzai@mobygroup.com

Shafi Sharifi - Public Relations Manager

Office: +93 79 99 99 065
Email: shafi.sharifi@roshan.af

Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF):
Sayed Ali Reza Aghazada  - Secretary General

Office: +93 78 88 98 898
Email: ali@aff.org.af