August 21, 2013 (Kabul, Afghanistan) – The Afghan Football Federation (AFF), Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading total communications provider, and Moby Group, the country’s largest media company, today announced the launch of the second season of the Roshan Afghan Premier League (RAPL). The eight teams comprising the RAPL: Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif, Herat, Badakhshan, Kandahar, Jalalabad, Khost and Panshjir, will play a series of 18 matches starting on August 22 that will culminate in a final championship match on October 11. All matches will take place in Kabul’s newly renovated AFF Stadium.
“The 2013 RAPL season will build on the success of last year’s inaugural season, which united communities through football, attracted more youths to the game, and revealed new players of national team caliber,” said Kiramuddin Karim, President of the Afghanistan Football Federation. “The RAPL will continue to build the capacity of the AFF and earn the attention of the international community regarding the importance of funding sports.”
Altaf Ladak, Chief Operating Officer of Roshan, added, “Roshan is delighted to once again be the title sponsor for the Roshan Afghan Premier League, and is looking forward to the new and improved event format generating even more excitement this season. Roshan has a long and proud history when it comes to supporting sports, and as a company whose mission is to connect Afghans of all background with each other, we believe that a shared love of football can transcend barriers, and really help to unite the country.”
As seen on the reality television series Maidan-e-Sabz (Green Field), the RAPL teams feature young men selected through a series of eight regional tournaments in which up to six teams from different provinces competed against one another with coaches and former players from Afghanistan’s national team judging the players’ performances. The 2013 RAPL teams are composed of players from the national team as well as players never before seen on a national stage.
Commenting on the unprecedented nature of the RAPL and its importance for Afghanistan, Shafic Gawhari, RAPL Co-Commissioner, said, “The selection process for the 2013 RAPL teams was a unique success. We reached out to nearly every football player across the country and managed to introduce the best of them to the eight RAPL teams. I am sure that the 2013 tournament will be one of the biggest events the country has ever seen. It will bring joy and inspiration to Afghans both inside and outside the country, as well as make the younger generation hopeful about a bright future for the country.”
The league is fully supported by FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), and all playing rules and regulations are in accordance with those set forth by FIFA and AFC. The matches will be broadcast on Moby’s TOLO TV, the most popular television channel in the country, as well as on Lemar TV, Afghanistan's top Pashto channel. The matches will also be aired on radio stationsman FM and Arakozia FM, and streamed live to a worldwide audience on the RAPL YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/afghanpremierleague.
About the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF)
Roshan Afghan Premier League 2013 is owned by the Afghanistan Football Federation.
The Afghanistan Football Federation is the controlling body for football in Afghanistan and was the first Asian football federation to be admitted to the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) in 1948. The AFF is a non-governmental body that began serving football activities for Afghanistan in 1922. The federation is nonprofit body seeking to establish an environment in which people interested in football can join and be a part of the wider footballing community. The federation continues to organize all types of football (11v11, futsal, beach football, street football, etc.) within Afghanistan through various tournaments, leagues, championships, and courses. The AFF staff is professionally certified by FIFA.
Roshan is the exclusive title sponsor of the Roshan Afghan Premier League.
Roshan (Telecom Development Company Afghanistan Corp) is Afghanistan's leading total communications provider with nearly six million active subscribers and a network that covers over 240 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 ten years ago, Roshan has invested over $550 million in Afghanistan and is the country’s single largest investor and taxpayer, contributing approximately five percent of the Afghan government's overall domestic revenue. Roshan directly employs more than 1,200 people, 19 percent 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 TeliaSonera, Roshan brings international expertise to the country and is committed to the highest standards of network quality and coverage for the people of Afghanistan.
To learn more about Roshan visit www.roshan.af or http://www.facebook.com/RoshanConnects.
About Moby Group
Moby Group is the AFF's long-term strategic partner charged with creating, organizing, marketing, managing and broadcasting the Roshan Afghan Premier League.
Moby Group owns and operates world-class integrated media industries in developing nations. Its popular and award-winning brands in Afghanistan include Tolo TV, Lemar TV, Arman FM, Arakozia FM, Afghan Scene Magazine, Tolo News, and Kaboora Production. Moby also broadcasts popular satellite channels FARSI1 and Zemzemeh, reaching Farsi-speaking audiences in Iran and neighboring countries with an estimated combined audience size of over 45 million. News Corporation is a shareholder of the MOBY Group.
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