FIFA President visits Afghanistan

KABUL: (MEP) – Joseph Sepp Blatter, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) will visit Afghanistan in the near future, the Afghanistan footbal federtion (AFF) announced on Friday.

FIFA president, Joseph Sepp Blatter met with the Afghanistan Football Federation chief Keramuddin Karim and hailed the recent achievements of the Afghan national football team, Afghanistan football federation (AFF) said following a statement.

The statement further added that FIFA president and AFF chief discussed the growth of football in Afghanistan during their meeting on Friday, and FIFA president said that he will visit Kabul in the near future, khaama reported.

This will be the first visit by FIFA president in Afghanistan and his visit to Kabul is considered to be another major achievement for the Afghan football.

The visit by FIFA to Afghanistan is followed Michel Platini, UEFA president’s visit to Kabul following the victory of the Afghan football team in South Asia Football Federation (SAFF) championship.

Afghanistan has only recently re-emerged on the world football scene after struggling under the weight of three decades of conflict, stretching back through the occupation by former Soviet forces, a civil war, austere rule under the Taliban and then another 12 years of war since the Taliban were toppled.

The Taliban, which ruled from 1996 to 2001 until they were deposed by a US-led international coalition, allowed football but before matches at the national football ground in Kabul would carry out public executions.

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