Football: Afghanistan to play first home game in 10 years against Pakistan

Pakistan will play their first match in Kabul since 1977 next Tuesday.


Reuters August 16, 2013
Ranked 139th in the world, Afghanistan are unbeaten in three outings this year. PHOTO: REUTERS

ZURICH: Afghanistan will host their first international football match for 10 years when they play Pakistan in a friendly next Tuesday, the game's governing body FIFA said on Friday.

The match will take place on an artificial pitch at the AFF (Afghanistan Football Federation) stadium, FIFA said.

"The fact that we are hosting our first international game in 10 years, and the first against Pakistan in Kabul since 1977, represents a major highlight for football in our country," AFF secretary general Sayed Aghazada, told FIFA.com.

"It shows that after a very difficult period we are returning to normality.

"Afghan football has improved in terms of organisation and infrastructure, and we now believe that football can play an even bigger role in our country. Of course we expect a sell-out crowd."

Turkmenistan were the last team to visit Afghanistan for a match, winning 2-0 in 2003.

Ranked 139th in the world, Afghanistan are unbeaten in three outings this year, having beaten Sri Lanka and Mongolia and drawn with Laos.

"This is a very symbolic game for the whole football community in south Asia which confirms that our sport can contribute to promote a positive relationship between neighbour countries," said Pakistan Football Federation (PFF) secretary general Ahmed Yar Khan Lodhi.

FIFA said that next week would also see the start of the eight-team Afghan Premier League, which will be played for the second time.

The tournament features teams from the whole country who are selected from a scouting process implemented by the AFF.

All matches are played in Kabul at the AFF stadium and are televised
live.

COMMENTS (2)

Logari | 8 years ago | Reply

@M. Emad

It was done by a barbaric group of illiterate who formed a government based on brutality and opresion and unfortunately Pakistan governemnt had recognized it as a good government!

M. Emad | 8 years ago | Reply

Make sure this time Afghanistan will not shave the heads of Pakistani footballers for wearing half pants.

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