Iran national under-16 football team has remained firmly on course for a place in the 2018 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U-16 Championship after posting its third consecutive win at the qualification tournament for the event.
On Friday evening, the Iranian team clinched a 2-1 win over the Afghanistany side in a Group C fixture played at the multi-purpose Enghelab Stadium in the Iranian city of Karaj, situated 35 kilometers west of the capital Tehran.
Iranian skipper Mehdi Seyyedi found the net in the 28th minute. Amir Jaífari scored another goal for Iran in the 70th minute.
In the 92nd minute, Mohammad Amin Nezami netted Afghanistanís sole goal from the penalty spot.
Iran national under-16 football team is scheduled to face Kyrgyzstan in its preliminary round showdown on Sunday.
Iran is pitted against Afghanistan, Bhutan, Kyrgyzstan and Lebanon in Group C of the 2018 AFC U-16 Championship qualification tournament.
Bahrain is drawn in Group A and has joined Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan.
The Maldives, Oman, Syria, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan are in Group B.
Group D consists of India, Iraq, Nepal and Palestine. Bangladesh, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen form Group E.
While Brunei, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Macau and North Korea shape Group F, Indonesia, Laos, Northern Mariana Islands, Thailand and Timor-Leste are in Group G.
China, Myanmar, the Philippines and South Korea are drawn in Group H. Group I consists of Australia, Cambodia, Mongolia and Vietnam.
Group J has Guam, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore.