Ahmad Zaki Zahid, a local businessman, signed a one-year sponsorship contract for Oqaban Hindukosh football team on Monday in Kabul – just one day after this year’s Afghanistan Premier League (APL) kicked off.
The agreement was signed between Zahid, the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) and Afghanistan Premier League (APL).
This comes after another two sponsorship agreements were signed this week for Shaheen Asmayee and De Maiwand Atalan football teams.
Speaking at a press conference with officials from AFF and APL, Zahid said he will sponsor the team for one year.
“Because the Premier League can play a role in the peace process, we have come to support the Premier League, especially the Oqaban Hindukosh team,” said Zahid.
“Supporting sport, sport brings people together and sport can contribute to our country's growth, and sport brings joy to the homes of the people,” said Tolo TV Director Massoud Sanjar.
“Supporting the Premier League and the teams can bring Afghan football in line with the standards of FIFA and the AFC (Asian Football Confederation), which will make our presence felt,” he said.
Eight teams representing eight zones of the country will take part is this year’s APL which will be held at the AFF football stadium.
The APL was scheduled to kick off earlier this year, but it was delayed due to a lack of funding. However, after a late sponsorship deal, with the Rahmani Foundation, the tournament kicked off on Sunday.
Meanwhile, athletes see such sponsorships as being of great financial support to Afghanistan for the development of football in the country.
The 7th annual APL tournament kicked off in Kabul on Sunday evening with Shaheen Asmayee and Mawjhai Amu teams playing in the opening match. Shaheen beat Amu 2-0.