Central Asia

Afghanistan appoint Otto Pfister as national team head coach

80-year-old manager Otto Pfister has been appointed as the new head coach of the Afghanistan national football team.

According to reports, the veteran coach has signed a one-year deal with the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF). He will oversee Afghanistan’s campaign at the 2019 AFC Cup qualifiers, which will kick off next month.

Afghanistan are in group C of the qualification stage, along with Vietnam, Jordan, and Cambodia. The team will play against Vietnam in the first match of the group, which will be held on March 28.

“After the resignation of former coach Petar Segrt, we tried to hire a good coach and we were able to reach an agreement with Pfister,” AFF president Keramuddin Karim told reporters.

“We have signed a contract with him and I hope that with Pfister and the new technical staff we will be able to fulfill our people’s wishes,” he added.