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09:09 | 2012-04-08


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Iran Win Asian Cerebral Palsy Cup

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran claimed the title of the 2012 AFC Dream Asia Cerebral Palsy Tournament in the UAE.

Iran clinched the championship title after beating the Korea Republic 2-0 on Friday and accumulating perfect 15 points in the AFC Tournament.

The six-nation competition was the first tournament by the AFC for people with cerebral palsy and is held under Dream Asia, an AFC-led movement that uses football for positive social change.

Iran's head coach Amin Mani had a lot of positive thoughts to share during the press conference held after the match.

"I am happy to be here in the United Arab Emirates and in this tournament that the AFC organized," he said.

"Football in Asia is constantly evolving, helping the disabled people feel part of the society and now they have their own tournaments and championships to look forward to."

Mani advised Asian nations to continue holding such tournaments every year and to establish them as a globally recognized event in its own right.

"It has also delighted me that so many nations have participated in this year's tournament for 16 years ago the teams were weak and tournaments and events were almost nonexistent," he said.

However, Mani feels that is not the case now as tournaments for the disabled have become more advanced, although more work and time still needs to be invested in this project to improve its quality.

"We are here in support of football tournaments for the disabled as well as helping other teams to gain experience," he said.

"There's a big difference between Korea's team today and the one we met last year in Holland," he added.