MANILA – Members of the Afghanistan national football team suffered injuries after the bus they were riding met an accident Saturday evening on Hithadhoo link road in Addu City, Maldives.
The team, participating in the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup, was on their way back to Herethere Island Resort after their game against Laos, according to maldivesoccer.com.
Minivan News reported that five players and two officials suffered minor injuries, including skipper Haroon Fakhruddin and coach Yousuf Kargar.
A police officer also broke his arm, while a female protocol officer sustained head injuries. Eight other people also bore injuries due to the accident, according to Minivan News.
"Accidents happen. We took all the precautions, security was in place. Police are investigating how a motorcade with sirens met with such an accident," Mohamed Nasir, the assistant Secretary General of the Football Association of the Maldives, said in the report.
The other players who sustained injuries were identified as Ahmed Arash Hatifi, Faisal, Mustafa Azadzoy, and Belal Arezou. Manager Mohamad Farid Yasin was also injured.
Afghanistan advanced to the semi-finals of the AFC Challenge Cup after finishing second in Group B. They face Palestine in the semis.