Afghanistan national under-23 football team

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Afghanistan Under-23
Association Afghanistan Football Federation
Confederation AFC (Asia)
Head coach Hossein Saleh
Captain Sayed Mohammad Hashemi
Home stadium Ghazi Stadium
FIFA code AFG
South Asian Games
Appearances 1 (first in 2010)
Best result Runner Up 2010

The Afghanistan national under-23 football team also known as (Olympic Team or Afghanistan U-23) represents Afghanistan[1] in international football competition in under-23 international football tournaments and Asian Games.[2]

History[edit]

Football is one of the most popular sports in the country. At present, Afghanistan has a low level of participation in football due to lack of funds and security problems inside the country. The team won Silver in 2010 South Asian Games, the first time Afghanistan reached the final of the tournaments. Balal Arezou of Afghanistan was named one of the most valuable player of the tournament.

Recent results and fixtures[edit]

The following are Afghanistan's results and fixtures as of: 25 March 2015

Date Opponent Result Score* Venue Competition
23 March 2015  Palestine[3] 0-2 (L) Iran Shahid Dastgerdi Stadium, Tehran, Iran AFC U-23 Qualifications
25 March 2015    Nepal[4] 2-0 (W) Sharif (76'), Hashemi (90+1', pen.) Iran Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran AFC U-23 Qualifications
27 March 2015  Saudi Arabia[5] 0-0 (D) Iran Shahid Dastgerdi Stadium, Tehran, Iran AFC U-23 Qualifications
29 March 2015  Iran[6] 0-6 (L) Iran Azadi Stadium, Tehran, Iran AFC U-23 Qualifications

* Afghanistan score always listed first

  Win   Draw   Loss

Current squad[edit]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Kawash Haidari (1993-03-10) 10 March 1993 (age 24) 1 0 Afghanistan De Spin Ghar Bazan F.C.
35 1GK Mahboobullah Kalakhan (1994-08-03) 3 August 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Afghanistan Mawjhai Amu F.C.
22 1GK Hamidullah Haji Abdullah 1993 2 0 unattached

2 2DF Sayed Navid Nadeem (1993-07-21) 21 July 1993 (age 23) 3 0 Afghanistan Toofaan Harirod F.C.
3 2DF Sayed Mohammad Hashemi (Captain) 1993 3 1 Afghanistan Shaheen Asmayee F.C.
4 2DF Mustafa Rezai (1993-08-18) 18 August 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Afghanistan Simorgh Alborz F.C.
5 2DF Mahmood Haji Sayed Ahmad 1993 1 0 unattached
12 2DF Abdul Manan Farahi (1993-11-20) November 20, 1993 (age 23) Afghanistan De Spin Ghar Bazan F.C.
13 2DF Mir Ahmad Farshad (1994-05-03) 3 May 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Afghanistan De Spin Ghar Bazan F.C.
24 2DF Roholla Iqbalzadeh (1994-11-02) November 2, 1994 (age 22) 3 0 Norway FK Bodø/Glimt II
33 2DF Masood Abdulsaeed 1993 1 0 unattached

6 3MF Mustafa Reza Rezaei (1994-08-31) 31 August 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Afghanistan Oqaban Hindukush F.C.
7 3MF Sayed Ali Naser Hoseini (1993-10-25) 25 October 1993 (age 23) 3 0 Afghanistan De Spin Ghar Bazan F.C.
9 3MF Anwar Akbari (1993-08-02) 2 August 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Afghanistan Oqaban Hindukush F.C.
14 3MF Mohammad Marouf Jamhour (1993-07-02) 2 July 1993 (age 23) 3 0 Afghanistan Toofaan Harirod F.C.
17 3MF Fardin Hakimi (1993-08-18) 18 August 1993 (age 23) 2 0 Afghanistan Oqaban Hindukush F.C.
18 3MF Khalid Ahmad Sharif 1993 3 1 Afghanistan De Maiwand Atalan F.C.
21 3MF Mohammad Ghulam Sakhi (1994-08-10) 10 August 1994 (age 22) 2 0 Afghanistan Oqaban Hindukush F.C.
25 3MF Fardeen Shaiwany 1993 0 0 unattached

8 4FW Samim Kohestani 1993 3 0 unattached
10 4FW Abdul Raouf Qadiri (1993-07-04) 4 July 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Afghanistan Toofaan Harirod F.C.
11 4FW Parwiz Kazemi (1993-08-24) 24 August 1993 (age 23) 3 0 Afghanistan Oqaban Hindukush F.C.
26 4FW Safiullah Azizi 1993 1 0 unattached

Records[edit]

Summer Olympic Games[edit]

Young teams were favoured by FIFA and the IOC, and since 1992, male competitors must be under 23 years old, with three over-23 players allowed per squad.