Thursday, 12 September 2013

Afghanistan celebrates its football victory: 12 September 2013

Residents in Kabul turned out on the streets this week to welcome and celebrate the Afghan national soccer team following its 2-0 defeat of India to win the South Asian Football Federation Championship trophy - the country's first-ever international soccer prize. "I would like to congratulate the Afghan football family and the fans for this tremendous achievement. I feel this victory will prove to be an inspiration to millions of Afghans around the world,” the head of the Asian Football Confederation, Shaikh Salman, reportedly said after the match ! which took place in Nepal on Wednesday. According to the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace, sport has “a unique power to attract, mobilize and inspire. By its very nature, sport is about participation. It is about inclusion and citizenship. It stands for human values such as respect for the opponent, acceptance of binding rules, teamwork and fairness, all of which are principles which are also contained in the Charter of the United Nations.”

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