� October 3rd 2014 - The Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF), Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading total communications provider, and MOBY GROUP, Afghanistan’s largest media conglomerate are proud to present the 2014 Roshan Afghan Premier League (RAPL) Final match, which will kick off at 3:00pm on October 3rd at the AFF stadium in Kabul.
The talented Champions Shaheen Asmayee will face the surprise package of Oqaban Hindukosh, who have reached the final for the first time, and actually defeated Shaheen Asmayee earlier this month in the group play stage.
“The RAPL 2014 saw millions of Afghans cheer on young footballers from across the country as they competed for pride, the love of football, and the prestigious of RAPL trophy. The RAPL is now firmly established 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 have once again been the title sponsor of the Roshan Afghan Premier League as the culmination of another exciting season is upon us – a season that has really showcased the skill and talent of young, Afghan athletes, ”said Karim Khoja, Chief Executive Officer of Roshan. “Since we began this sponsorship three seasons ago, we believe that the RAPL has become a truly unifying institution, bringing communities across Afghanistan together through a shared love of football. With a track record of supporting sports and cultural initiatives in the country for more than a decade, Roshan’s sponsorship of the RAPL represents our philosophy as an Afghan company that serves Afghans of all backgrounds.”
"The rise in the level of competition in the third year of Roshan Afghan Premier League has proven the immense progress football has made in Afghanistan since the league started in 2012, said Keramuddin Karim, President of AFF.
"RAPL is the vehicle that drives national unity through the promotion of football. We are overjoyed to be a part of the third successful RAPL season,” said Shafic Gawhari, CEO of MOBY GROUP Afghanistan and RAPL Commissioner.
ABOUT THE ROSHAN AFGHAN PREMIER LEAGUE (RAPL)
The third season of Afghanistan's first and only professional football league will commenced on August 28. The eight teams comprising the RAPL; Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif, Herat, Badakhshan, Kandahar, Jalalabad, Khost, and Panshjir, played a series of 18 matches which now culminate in the final championship match on October 3rd. All matches have taken 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 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 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 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.
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:
Roshan Afghan Premier League (RAPL):
Nasir Ahmadzai - Public Relations Manager
Office: +93 78 03 89 172
Shafi Sharifi - Public Relations Manager
Office: +93 79 99 99 065
Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF):
Sayed Ali Reza Aghazada - Secretary General
Office: +93 78 88 98 898