FM20

More distant than Victoria to St. John’s

Hello and Welcome to the 5th part of my Afghan Hounds save – where I attempt to win the Asian Champions League with a squad of Afghan Nationals.

Today we cover the 2022 Asian Confederation Cup and the 2023 Afghan Premier League season.

Here it is again, the traditional list of players that possibly have never been mentioned before, getting their first mention when their dreams of professional football are over.

  • Mansur Taheri at one point could have been a contender, came through my first intake and played 26 times, scoring 6 goals including some important ones in the Asian Confed Cup. Never got a pro deal and has been let go at the end of his youth contract.
  • Suro Zahedi was someone that I chased for some time and is an example of how an improving squad can sometimes leave a man behind. He is a decent Central Defender for this level.
  • David Alikhil ironically took Zahedi’s spot in the team when he arrived, but has been usurped himself.
  • Ovays Ziahi has had 2 seasons to impress me in the midfield and has never really delivered. Tends to perform a bit better in the cups but I have a wealth of options.
  • Shahar Zia has massively played his part in us becoming what we now are, superb in the first two seasons but has become a bit part player in the past 2. I take no enjoyment in telling him it’s time to say goodbye.
  • Zohib Amiri is actually a decent player, BUT he moaned about first team football and got really shirty with me when we disagreed, I stopped considering him for the team and he leaves via the backdoor with his tail between his legs.
  • Yar Ali Wafa also leaves – not because I am releasing him, the bar steward has decided to run down his contract and move on. Our best CD by far, 98 scout rated. Does not believe the rest of the squad are on his level. He is correct but I struggle to see where he will go from here..

Ali Yosufzai (1 app), Zohib Salem (4 app, 3 goals), Edriss Rizai (4 app), Milad Jafari (1 app), Milad Nourestani, Mustafa Saighani, Abdul Sabor Islam Amiri, Zubayr Kohistani and Jabar Zekria (all no apps) were all let go at the end of their youth deals.

This could be one of the quieter transfer windows.. With Yar Ali Wafa deciding to leave, we have become lighter than I am comfortable in the Central Defender spots. Hashmatullah Hashemi is still 16 and has come through Simorgh’s Academy and played the last 6 matches of the season for them. He has the usual 5* potential and would already be considered one of the better defenders at the club despite having everything to improve upon. We are fortunate that we don’t need much for our team.

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August to October 2022

Very much mixed news… 11 of our squad have been called up for the Asian Games, fantastic that we are so heavily involved but thats 11 players we are missing in the next round of the Asian Confederation Cup. This sort of thing shouldn’t happen! 7 out of our best 11 are not available.

Sonbong Sports Group from North Korea our the opponents, amazingly our scouts are having difficulty finding out about them – who would had guessed that!

I’ve also just noticed that ALL of my goalkeepers are unavailable so a grey out player must make his debut.

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I would have preferred more goals at home – 2 players are suspended for the return leg, both of them are Right Backs so this lead is not enough for me to be comfortable.

The gap between matches allowed me to strengthen the attack ahead of the league season, Sayed Hameed Naim has one of the highest finishing attributes in the league (13) and is a real team player. He can’t play in the Continental Cup but should give me a few more options in the league.

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Beautifully North Korea knocked out Afghanistan from the U23 Asian Games, so we were full strength for the match in North Korea – and boy did it show… The ugliest victory of the year…

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It’s 6,000km between Indonesia and Afghanistan, we continue our magical mystery tour of Asia and play Persatuan Sepak Bola Indonesia Jakarta with no CMs available thanks to too many yellows. We were strong and were able to pull away in the second half to record another comfy victory. We just need to keep things professional in the return leg to ensure we are in the Final.

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We did, so we are..

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A trip to Jordan in the final – Shabab Al-Ordon Club we are coming for you.

November 2022

Yet again we have reached the final of the Asian Confederation Cup – twice it has gone to penalties, once we were victors, once we had to wipe away the tears. What will the third visit bring?

Whatever happens it is being done with Zaker Saadat – one of the worst injuries we have had on the save so far.

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A common theme in these finals is dissallowed goals – 4 minutes in and we have our first as Anoush Amiri is flagged offside when converting. In the 25th minute, same deal, Amiri shoots and scores and is flagged offside.

The linesman must be broken – Amiri buries a header on 32 minutes but there is no flag? Is the Lino dead? Nope, he remains as he is and we take the lead. 80 seconds later it is 2 as Zefy Rehemi pings one past the stricken keeper.

Otham Ali reduces arrears from the spot just before half time.

If you have been following this save for a while, you know that we pick up a lot of bookings – and eventually it’s going to cost us, Bashir Ahmed Sharza picks up a 2nd yellow and we have 30 minutes to survive with 10 men.

Absolutely nothing happened (not even a highlight) for the next 26 minutes until 4 minutes from time and the 4th goal of the game… Jabar Mukhammad I love you more than you can ever know… Afghan Hounds are retaining the title.. (just..) Ayman Al-Maayta forced one over the line in the dying embers of the match but we held our nerve.

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January 2023

Massive Development…

This is big, it means our reputation is improving and allows better players to be developed as the clubs are playing at a higher standard against better opponents – inching ever closer to the Asian Champions League.

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In more minor news we have allowed our captain to move on (just before the season starts..). He is rubbish but performs decently, we have an array of 17yr old defenders ready to step up so I am not to worried.. Bashir Cutrupi, just shy of 100 games for the club in his 4 seasons. Bash, no one rated you but you delivered more than what was asked. Thank You…

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February 2023

We don’t start our league campaign until the 11th of Feb – a whole month after everyone else – no idea why! So we start our competitive action in 2023 in the Asian Confederation Cup against Şagadam FK Türkmenbaşy and it’s routine, three goals either side of the interval will be enough to ensure we progress. Rotated the side for the 2nd leg and gave some players a chance to build up the old match sharpness. The 2nd leg defeat was our 1st defeat in the competition for 31 matches (a record both for the club and for the competition)

Rooted to the foot of the table, we got our league campaign off and running away at Simorgh, who finished 2nd last season, a convincing 4-0 win on the opening day lays down a marker and tells everyone we continue to mean business. We will have lots of games in hand for a few months so our league position should always look false.

We are starting to become a lucky side as we almost gave Mawjhai Amu there first win of the season but David Mohammed scored a late equalisier that frankly we didn’t deserve.  It seems that every season we play against Istiqlol Dushanbe in the Asian Confed Cup and we boast an 100% winning record, Sayed Hameed Naim took it upon himself to ensure that we made it 5 wins from 5 by scoring all of the goals in the away leg.

But before the 2nd leg, Holy Smokes BatMan!!!

An actual Golden Generation that looks amazing – even the worst player looks a class act. All of them are signed up which means in the next couple of months a complete review of the squad is needed to work out who isn’t developing and thusly should be moved on.

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Hamidullah Abdourazi looks to be a set piece specialist. Decent Passing and Dribbling alongside the physical attributes too.

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Hadi Gazazat has double figures for PASSING!! The physical side of his game needs work but the boy is only 15 years old.

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The month ended with 4 more goals for Sayed Hameed Naim in the return leg as we won 10-2 on aggregate.

March 2023

I’m not saying this Golden Generation is special but my best 11 has 5 of the intake in the side ALREADY!

The odds of the best nationals coming through our system are in our favour – we have the best reputation and facilities in the country so whilst we are not getting any wonderkids any time soon the best of the poor bunch will be ours straight away. 7 of them make their debuts in the 5-1 win over De Maiwand Atalan.

None of them can play in the Asian Confed Cup so we now have a couple of squads, one for league matches, and one for the continental games.

Altyn Asyr FK Aşgabat are an annoying side, they’ve beaten us before and we are lucky to leave Turkmenistan with a point – we have identical records after 2 games and only the winners progress so we can’t afford to drop any more points.

Sarfaraz Ali Sakhizada is on absolute flames this month – 5 goals is pretty impressive for a keeper. Man of the match, but no mention of the 2 penalties he scored!!

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April 2023

April is the moving month in Afghanistan – it’s when a lot of things can be decided – we have a big 3 matches in the Asian Confed Cup too. The big one is the Toofan game at the end of the month, both sides are unbeaten at the start of the month so it’s shaping to be a hum dinger!

Dordoy Bishkek have FM’ed us – well and truly, we had 20 shots to their 3 and the bulk of the possession and yet we have been defeated. It means we are 3pts behind Altyn Asyr FK Aşgabat so we have to win our remaining games to qualify.

After nearly a year without a club, Yar Ali Wafa has seen sense and returned to the fold.

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I had that horrible sinking feeling against Altyn Asyr FK Aşgabat as we created chance after chance after chance but nothing fell, until we scored twice in the last 10 minutes to put us top of the group with 1 match left.

The statement about both us and Toofan being unbeaten going into our clash at the end of the month remained true until we met before we put them back in their place… We top the table for the first time this season, 2 clear with a game in hand. May sees 10 games in 26 days…

May 2023

Right, It’s go time..

10 games in just shy of 4 weeks is going to be tough from a fitness point of view but we should have the depth of squad to ensure we pick up maximum points. Our slender lead means that we probably need around 20-23 points from the month. Not helped by the fact we play Toofan twice in 4 days!

Before we get to the League, we have a huge match – a must win, or at the very least, a must get a better result than Altyn Asyr FK Aşgabat – we are away against the side in 4th place. As it transpired we didn’t need a win as Alytn drew their game but we completed the job, and despite a little wobble we have got past the groups.

We can now put the Asian Confed Cup to one side until August and focus on the league. Back to Back victories plus a defeat for Toofan meant we went into our double header with an 8 point lead with 8 matches left which meant if we beat them twice then the race will be all but done. We dominated the first match but couldn’t find a way to score – we missed a penalty but a point hinders them more than us.

A few days later the same sides met but the outcome was vastly difference, they had a man sent off after 8 minutes and we never let them settle – 5-0 and it could have been more, 11 points clear now with 6 matches remaining with 7th and 8th place coming up in the next couple of days – it’s done..

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The Toofan results set a league record of 6 straight matches without conceeding, so of course in the next game we decided to end that streak – 3-0 up and we only managed a draw against the worst side in the league – it will not matter as long as we bounce back with a win against Shaheen, and up stepped 16 year old Mohammad Nasim Amiri to bag his first hattrick for the club, he came through the last intake and looks a brilliant prospect for Afghanistan. 12 Finishing, 12 First Touch and some Ok physicalls for someone so young and small.

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Toofan are falling off a cliff, they haven’t won in 5 and a 0-0 draw meant that victory would give us our 5th consecutive title and Nasim Amiri was the man to score the winner to make it happen.

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June 2023

Another unbeaten season as we are among the first teams to finish our season, despite starting a month after the league started and having a Continental campaign included – clearly the fixture computer is not a fan of my methods.

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Season Review

This league campaign felt a bit closer than the last one, but we still won by a street after Toofan collapsed towards the end of the campaign. We had a really strong squad and then a brilliant intake and nobody could match us – i’m not sure I can strengthen any position in the transfer window and my intention is to have a maximum squad of 35 players for next season (before intake) and we currently have 63 so I want to reduce that. My hope is that some of the players I let go can improve our competition and make future seasons closer in terms of where they finished. Toofan will have the Asian Confed Cup as well, their reward for finishing runner-up.

Mohammad Nasim Amiri got 14 goals in 17 matches after appearing in the seasonal intake, an avge rating of 7.64 caps off a brilliant campaign, Sayed Hameed Naim also got 14 in all comps (21 games) but I may move him on as others have higher potential. In all 20 players made more than 10 games and had an average rating north of 7.00, our future is incredibly bright right now. Player of the Year was Jabar Mukhammad, 11 goals, 9 assists, 8 man of the matches in 25 games, we are very lucky to have 3 highly talented Right Wingers and Jabar just about retains his place as 1st choice but it’s getting tight.

Sarfaraz Ali Sakhizada claimed 16 clean sheets (as well as 7 goals) to top a very good year. Both of those are records for a keeper.

Our reputation should improve and if we continue further in the Asian Confed Cup we should get closer to the Asian Champions League and that’s when the party really starts. For now, it’s serious culling time..

Thanks for Reading..

Kibworth Bull..

Kibworth Bull

We were shining like Aurora Borealis

Hello and Welcome to the 4th part of my Afghan Hounds save – where I attempt to win the Asian Champions League with a squad of Afghan Nationals.

Today we cover the 2021 Asian Confederation Cup and the 2022 Afghan Premier League season.

Continue reading “We were shining like Aurora Borealis”

Kibworth Bull

The bipeds stood up straight, the dinosaurs all met their fate

If you have missed any of the series then you can catch up here. Today’s piece covers the 2nd season of the Afghan Hounds as we attempt to win the Asian Champions League with just Afghan Nationals.

Continue reading “The bipeds stood up straight, the dinosaurs all met their fate”

FM19 · Kibworth Bull

Yesterday you’d forgiven me, But it’ll still be two days till I say I’m sorry

Good day to all of you lovely readers… If you want to catch up on what has happened previously then all you need to do is click here.

It feels kinda odd to do a retained list when the continental season is still going on, but as the league campaign has finished then it’s the perfect time to move on the players that have no future. I won’t go into the detail here, but the full list can be found on the SI Forum – no one on that list that will get the audience angry..

The transfer window has creaked open and we have a gem..

Jabar Mukhammad is only 16 years old and is already 5* CA and very much up there amongst my best players – he should be the starting RW in my side next year which is tough on Shahar Zia but hey! this is football and only the weak are left behind. Jabar though has a lot of improving to do before we speak about being a wonderkid.. (I can dream)

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David Alikhil is amongst my best Centre Back’s despite on being 1* CA – there really is a lack of quality in this position in the country right now. His heading is really poor but the Marking and some of the Mental attributes are decent and is young enough to improve.

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Rahmat Salehi is purely a back up option between the sticks. He’ll be around until I can find something better.

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The final one for now is Ovays Ziahi, more of an attacking midfielder than a central one but there is quite a bit of the good old stuff in his favour, he’s got a year on a decent wage to show me what he can deliver. I think we are allowed a gamble..

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The biggest news of the month is that we have finally gotten our draw for the Inter-Zone Semi Finals.. We are off to India.

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August & September 2020

No league action until January so our sole focus is being as prepared as we possibly can for East Bengal and we were ready – nearly 31,000 people saw us leave India with the victory thanks to a debut goal from Jabar Mukhammad, we created soooo many chances but we were lacking our cutting edge, but as the home leg is the 2nd leg I am very confident we can secure our place in the final. The only downside is that Souleyman Ahmazadi will be suspended for the game.

Massive progress though is being made off the field and this is what I am wanting to see – the national selectors getting involved and recognising the talent we have at the club – a couple of the boys have come through our own academy too. Jabar Popalzay is only 16 and an academy graduate so to get an U23 call up suggests real potential – he’s my back up RB next season. Anoush Amiri made his international debut.

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The previously missing cutting edge was discovered back in Afghanistan and we find ourselves in the Inter-Zone Play-Off Final at the first time of asking.

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It’s not the Asian Confed Cup final, that is still 2 games away, and talking of away we travel to Persatuan Sepak Bola Indonesia Jayapura who as the name suggests are in Indonesia! It’s another 2 legged affair, but that is all next month.

October 2020

Just before getting on the plane to Indonesia, disaster struck with the news that Mohammad Naqshbandy will be out for 6 weeks with a sports hernia, coupled with a suspension for Anoush Amiri meant we would start in Indonesia with a debutant up front – Milad Nourestani got the nod but he was hauled off at half time as we changed our shape in the 2nd half and managed to overturn a 0-1 half time score to end the 90 with a 3-1 win.

Amiri returned for the 2nd leg and scored the only goal of the game, meaning in our 1st season of Asian Continental football we had reached the final! We have guaranteed ourselves 500k regardless of the result so some much needed facilities improvement is in the pipeline. Omanese side away from home – this will be our toughest test yet but should have a near 100% strong squad for it.

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November 2020

Before the biggest game in the club’s history, a new signing.. Zia Burhani comes in as my official back up goalkeeper for the season, just about to turn 17 and very highlighted rated by the scouts and the coaches.

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Al-Suwaiq Club have won this competition before, surprisingly, we never have. Both teams lined up with identical 442 formations and these cancelled each other out as there wasn’t a highlight until the 35th minute when Mohammad Naqshbandy put an effort just passed the post – he also had one chalked off for offside just before the half time whistle (correct call..) so we went into the break level pegging. A very nervy second half commenced with both sides picking up bookings until a defensive mix up left Naqshbandy the task of beating the keeper from 8 yards (ish..) and he duly dispatched the ball into the net and we lead with 70mins on the clock.

Our lead lasted 40 seconds…

Nothing much happened there after until the 91st minute when Naqshbandy again scored from an offside position – this one looked incredibly tight but I just about support the linesman’s decision. Extra Time though with 5 players on a yellow.

105th min – deep ball into the Al-Suwaiq box, a trip, a penalty.. Omar Saighani stepped up and POWERED it home.. The causal obsver of this piece will remember that my goalkeepers are down to take the penalties.. I bottled it OK, and made the change.. I don’t regret it so stop with the judgement!

Both teams are absolutely dead on their feet as we entered the 120th minute..

Another ball into the box, another trip and this time Al-Suwaiq have a penalty.. It was slammed home and we were about 80 seconds away from winning the tie..

PENALTIES…

Saighani scored his, but then Naqshbandy and Anoush Amiri failed from the spot – they didn’t miss any of there’s and by the cruelest way possible we have end our Asian Confederation Cup journey!

There feels like there is no justice in the world – 2 dissallowed goals and a 120th minute penalty all went against us. Gutted.

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Pre-Season 2021

After the frustration of the penalty defeat we face a nearly 2 month wait before we can start out 2021 campaign and another title defence.

New blood was recruited in the form of Zohib Amiri, an 18yr old midfielder with a couple of national caps under his belt already – reaffirming my mission statement of getting the best and brightest Afghan’s under my control.

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January 2021

Our impressive Asian Confederation Cup campaign has moved us up 3 places in the Qualification Rankings, still quite a long way to go until we are getting into the Champions League, but if we continue to strengthen and continue to do well in the Asian Confed then we will get there – I am confident on both scores as I think we are capable of winning that cup after coming so darn close last season.

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The sheer frustration of the penalty defeat was partly banished in 45 minutes of the season openener against Shaheen – 5 goals to the good and H/T – the near perfect start. Zaker Saadat scoring more in 29 minutes than he did in 20 matches last season. We went from sublime to ridiculous in the 2nd game, 3-1 up and crusing and we barely scraped a draw out of it, Saywan Mahmodi‘s double a welcome addition – he hadn’t scored in what seems an age!

The club was then rocked I tell yee, when Israfeel Faqiryar damaged his back and would miss the next 2-3 months, our 1st choice LB and player of last season wont be winning the award this year. Yousuf Barkmaz will step in – already near as good but just a bit younger.

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February 2021

Back to the Asian Confed Cup and this season’s comp kicks off with 6 players suspended and our entire starting side 19 and under – we only won 5-0… I say only because we dominated this one from start to finish and didn’t give them a sniff – the bookies can’t see it but I think we can go one better than last year and win this one, there doesn’t appear to be a huge amount of quality in this competition so it’s anyone’s for the taking. 89 people witnessed out reserves lose in the 2nd leg.

When Saywan Mahmodi is good then he is unstoppable, 4 against Oqaban Hindukosh sent us top. We then decided to leave it bleedin late against Balkan Balkanabat, with 10 to play it was 2-2, before 3 goals in 3 minutes make the return leg a little bit more manageable although Bashir Cutrupi did see red. The month’s football action ended with a 1st v 2nd tie as we entertained Simorgh, keeper Zia Burhani scoring his 2nd penalty in a week to secure another 3 points.

Good progress in both the Confed Cup and the Leauge, we just need a good intake and we can call this a cracking month.

It talks of a golden generation once more and it does have some nice features..

Sarfaraz Ali Sakhizada, at 15 is already better than the other keepers at the club and immediately becomes my new No.1

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Mustafa Wadid is going to have to learn the CM role – my concern is that he looks a little lightweight but apart from that there is quite a lot for this level to be pleased with. We now have a good number of AMC’s learning the CM role so it will be fun for me to see who breaks through. Wadid has plenty of time on his side.

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Finally a familiar look to the Asian Confed Cup draw with Istiqlol Dushanbe being the only team not part of this group last season.

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March 2021

March is a fairly odd month – just the one league match, and a grand total of 3 Asian Confed Cup (ACC for future reference) matches. To qualify for the knock out stages we must top the group and with a few suspensions and only 2 available strikers we had some pressure on our shoulders and this showed as we only got a draw out of Altyn Asyr FK Aşgabat – fortunately results went our way as the other match was drawn. 15 year old Sarfaraz Ali Sakhizada made his debut in the routine league victory.

We’ve struggled to show our best this month but finally picked up our first 3 points of the ACC thanks mainly to Ovays Ziahi getting a double from midfield. Our strikers are being a bit wasteful, we’ve only got 3 registered for the ACC and this is potentially going to cause us some problems going forward.

The next couple of months are the business part of the season, we will play all but 2 of our league matches and will hopefully qualify from our ACC group. Right at end of the month both Yar Mohammad Ayoubi and Mohammad Naqshbandy got their first call ups for the senior Afghan side, Ayoubi made his debut, Naqshbandy was an unused sub.

April 2021

9 games in 21 days – 1 every 3 days.. Rotation is going to be the key word used in all meetings this month.

Top of the table clash against Toofan to start things off, we left it late but it’s a very big 3 points, especially as they had a goal dissallowed in the 90th minute. Then disaster! We handed a massive advantage to Altyn Asyr FK Aşgabat in the group stages with a late defeat – we probably need to win the last 3 games and hope they drop points somewhere as only the top team qualify.

Our under 18s have won their 3rd straight title – they have yet to lose a match in the save.

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More proof that we plan to make this as difficult as we can possibly make it in a 1-1 draw against Mawjhai Amu, where we gave away a penalty and the guy that scored it felt so embarrased he then scored an own goal to save our blushes. Vladimir Taalaybek uulu is a name familiar to nobody but he is my hero of the month, 91st minute and he scores the winner against Altyn Asyr FK Aşgabat which means we are level on points with them going into the final game next month – we have to win and then hope they lose – if we get the same amount of points then they will qualify as they have the better head to head record.

Injuries and suspensions are hitting us hard – suspensions always do but thats just the way we play, but this year we’ve had some injuries – most of my best 11 have missed a game or three with a knock and it makes consistency all the more harder. 3 games in the space of 6 days just feels cruel on our boys but 9 points is the rest, we sit 12 clear at the top now, but the team in 2nd have 2 games in hand and we play them next.

May 2021

Oqaban Hindukosh are all that stand between us and our 3rd straight title – we play them twice in May and if we avoid defeat to them and keep picking up the points then the title will be staying in our trophy cabinet for another 12 months.

We had no time to celebrate the away victory against Oqaban as we immediately got on a plane to Kyrgyzstan for our final group game – victory and hope are in order.

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Our victory was routine, but Istiqlol pulled something amazing out of the bag to get a 2-2 draw and we have qualified and our run continues! Epic!! The sooner we are up the rankings the sooner we can attempt to compete in the Asian Champions League.

The most pleasing thing about the Asian Confed Cup progress is that is means we have something to play for in the next few months, the league was secured thanks to a double by Zohib Salem, a young striker that has been given a chance to shine as we sit 17 points clear of our rivals with games running out. Technically we need a point but it’s ours!.

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The 1-0 win over Oqaban Hindukosh meant it was exactly 12 months undefeated in the league and we are 2 games away from an unbeaten season.

June 2021

There is nothing to see here.. 2 games… both won to complete an unbeaten season..

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A record 18 players got selected for the internationals this month.

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Season Review

It took us a huge amount of time to get over the agonising defeat in the Asian Confed Cup – yes we were still winning games because we were head and shoulders above the rest, our usual dominance didn’t appear to be there, I sensed some aprehension and the hangover still lingers with some of the squad. We still won the league by a country mile but I think this demonstrates just how poor the rest of them are, rather than how good we are.

Goals felt harder to come by, although 4 did make double figures – Anoush Amiri (17), Saywan Mahmodi (13), Zaker Saadat and Omar Saighani (10) – we actually scored 2 more goals this season compared to last so WHAT DO I KNOW!!

Jabar Mukhammad was probably my player of the season – hugely talented for an Afghan I fully expected him to deliver and he didn’t let me down at all – 16 assists and 4 goals in his 29 matches. He’s set fair to be a star for me for the next decade or so at the very least, unless someone incredible appears.

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I used 3 keepers and none of them stood out as my No.1 – I wrote something similar last year but I am not convinced that they are really getting challenged a great deal, all 3 of them are decent keepers with 5* potential, one of them will probably break out and take that jersey but as yet it’s tough to see who that is going to be.

One or two of the older players are staring nervously at the door, I’ve got a big squad of players (56) with 20 of them showing a possible 5* potential so I don’t expect a huge amount of recruitment to happen, a striker or two for definate but it might be time to start culling some of the players who might not achieve the potential.

So another league campaign done, many months now lay before us and next seasons league campaign – in the mean time a retained list is required, and the small matter of going again at the Asian Confed Cup.

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Australopithecus would really have been sick of us

Greetings World..

Welcome to the end of my first season in Afghanistan – firstly if you’re wondering what the hell I am talking about then check out THIS which explains the save idea in a bit more detail. This piece will go into detail around the 2019 season for the Afghan Hounds.

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Perfect Perez (at least to me..)

I always feel that the point where a save really gets me is when I start falling in love with regens. I want to use this post to talk about my long term love, Mauro Perez. I am 21 seasons into my work on the Island of Sodor and a constant in this is Sodor born – but with Argentinian lingeage – keeper Perez. 12 years at domestic level, and 16 years at international level.

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Island of Sodor – Every Nation

Background to the Save:

Database : With a lot of help and guidance from @TheFmNewby, I have created a new nation called the Island of Sodor – if you’ve ever watched Thomas the Tank Engine then this will be familiar to you, and if it’s known to you then I hope you said Island of Sodor in a scouse accent – my son is obsessed with Thomas so this seemed a fitting nation – I can’t blame him really as I am equally obsessed, and it also helps that the Wikipedia page has a rich historical story line already invented so it makes my fictional narrative a little bit sweeter. If you’re interested in following my save, then follow me on twitter and you’ll see a nice pinned post that has some old school power point graphics showing what’s going on.

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Island of Sodor – 211 to 1

Please welcome the latest guest writer to the Lutterworth Fox empire. (James) Kibworth Bull is a YouTuber turned Blogger. A fantastic writer and I am delighted to add him to the team.

Background to the Save:

Database : With a lot of help and guidance from @thefmnewby, I have created a new nation called on the Island of Sodor – if you’ve ever watched Thomas the Tank Engine then this will be familiar to you, and if it’s known to you then I hope you said Island of Sodor in a scouse accent – my son is obsessed with Thomas so this seemed a fitting nation – I can’t blame him really as I am equally obsessed, and it also helps that the Wikipedia page has a rich historical story line already invented so it makes my fictional narrative a little bit sweeter. If you’re interested in following my save, then follow me on twitter and you’ll see a nice pinned post that has some old school power point graphics showing what’s going on.

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