Football fever in Kabul ahead of Afghan-Pakistan friendly

Afghanistan, ranked 139th in the football world, last played at home in 2003 in a clash against Turkmenistan and have not played Pakistan, ranked 167th, in Kabul since 1977.

updated: August 20, 2013 15:26 IST
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Kabul: Afghanistan's football fans on Tuesday were eagerly awaiting their first home international for 10 years, preparing to take on arch-rivals Pakistan in a match that has ignited patriotic fervour.

Kabul residents have desperately sought last-minute tickets for the fixture, a rare sporting highlight in a country beset for decades by war, poverty and Islamist extremism.

The "friendship match" at the 6,000-seater Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) stadium is set to attract a sell-out crowd and draw a huge television audience, although interest in Pakistan is more muted.

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