Posted by: Chuck | September 13, 2013

War-weary Afghans revel in soccer victory


KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghans on Thursday welcomed home their national soccer team with exuberance and joy, a day after the squad won the war-weary country its first international championship in the sport. President Hamid Karzai greeted the team at the airport, hugging each player and posing with them and their gleaming trophy for the cameras. The athletes then headed to Ghazi Stadium, where they were met by thousands of rambunctious fans who screamed in happiness. Afghanistan beat India 2-0 in the South Asian Football Federation Championship on Wednesday. The win brought rare unity to this ethnically divided nation, where the former Taliban government once used sports stadiums to stage executions and where bombings are part of daily life. For hours after the win, Afghans danced in the streets, honked car horns and fired guns in celebration. On Thursday morning, many greeted one another with “Congratulations!” while shouts of “Long live Afghanistan!” were still echoing across the Afghan capital, Kabul, by the afternoon. (Source: AP News 9/13/13)

Read:http://news.yahoo.com/war-weary-afghans-revel-soccer-victory-070021565.html

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