Islamabad:It was a historic day for Afghanistan's women's football team as they played their first ever match abroad against Pakistan's Diya FC in Islamabad.
Under the Taliban regime where women were banned from sport, its hard to imagine a women's team being allowed to play a football match out in the open.
But the tide has turned, and this extraordinary bunch of women are full of hope in spite of losing their opening tie.
And player Shamila Khusrid is glad that the side has been given the opportunity to gain some vital experience in Pakistan.
"We are happy that we are come in Pakistan for playing football and we hope that in the future we can go to other countries for playing experience," said Shamila Khusrid, Afghan women's national team.
Today there are over 500 registered women players across Afghanistan, which is a huge achievement considering the conservative nature of the society here.
But the women athletes are hoping that this is just the first step in what will be a long and fruitful road to sporting success.