[QODLink]
In Pictures
In Pictures: Afghanistan's football league
Afghanistan's inaugural Premier League proves a hit with fans across the country.
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2012 16:09


The inaugural Afghan Premier League reached its finale on Friday when Herat's Toofan Harirod beat Mazar-e-Sharif's Simorgh Alborz 2-1 to become league champions [AFP]
Over 5,000 thousand fans crammed into the Kabul stadium to watch the final which took place near the notorious Ghazi stadium where the Taliban held public executions [AFP]
The six-week tournament pitted eight teams from across the nation against each other. All of Afghanistan's 34 provinces were represented in the tournament, which was broadcast live on television and radio [AFP]
"We've come a long way from Herat to cheer for our team," one fan told Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith. "More than a thousand of us have made this journey." [AFP]
With 65 per cent of the population under 25, organisers see young people as the driving force behind the league's success. "They [young people] are lovers of sport and lovers of football and that is what we see today", league organiser Said Safiq Gawhari told Al Jazeera. [AFP]
"Football is helping these boys by providing a platform for youths to have something to turn to besides drug addiction or joining the insurgency," said Afghan Football Federation official Ali Askar Lali [AFP]
The prize money is not bad either - $15,000 dollars for the winning team, which is a lot for the players selected through a reality TV show who have been earning $10 a day [AFP]
National hero Rohullah Nikpai, a Taekwondo Olympian who won bronze medals in Beijing and London was on hand to dish out the golden football shoe trophy to the winning team [AFP]
And in an historic moment, earlier in the evening two Kabul-based women's teams made up of national squad members played in front of the largest ever crowd for a women's match on Afghan soil [AFP]
  • image0
  • image1
  • image2
  • image3
  • image4
  • image5
  • image6
  • image7
  • image8

images:
/mritems/Images/2012/10/20/20121020142016557734_8.jpg;*;/mritems/Images/2012/10/20/2012102014412748734_8.jpg;*;/mritems/Images/2012/10/20/2012102014241330734_8.jpg;*;/mritems/Images/2012/10/20/20121020144017638734_8.jpg;*;/mritems/Images/2012/10/20/2012102014372666734_8.jpg;*;/mritems/Images/2012/10/20/2012102014552531734_8.jpg;*;/mritems/Images/2012/10/20/20121020142134996580_8.jpg;*;/mritems/Images/2012/10/20/20121020141118300734_8.jpg;*;/mritems/Images/2012/10/20/201210201418824734_8.jpg
captions:
The inaugural Afghan Premier League reached its finale on Friday when Herat(***)s Toofan Harirod beat Mazar-e-Sharif(***)s Simorgh Alborz 2-1 to become league champions [AFP];*;Over 5,000 thousand fans crammed into the Kabul stadium to watch the final which took place near the notorious Ghazi stadium where the Taliban held public executions [AFP];*;The six-week tournament pitted eight teams from across the nation against each other. All of Afghanistan(***)s 34 provinces were represented in the tournament, which was broadcast live on television and radio [AFP];*;"We(***)ve come a long way from Herat to cheer for our team," one fan told Al Jazeera(***)s Bernard Smith. "More than a thousand of us have made this journey." [AFP];*;With 65 per cent of the population under 25, organisers see young people as the driving force behind the league(***)s success. "They [young people] are lovers of sport and lovers of football and that is what we see today", league organiser Said Safiq Gawhari told Al Jazeera. [AFP];*;"Football is helping these boys by providing a platform for youths to have something to turn to besides drug addiction or joining the insurgency," said Afghan Football Federation official Ali Askar Lali [AFP];*;The prize money is not bad either - $15,000 dollars for the winning team, which is a lot for the players selected through a reality TV show who have been earning $10 a day [AFP];*;National hero Rohullah Nikpai, a Taekwondo Olympian who won bronze medals in Beijing and London was on hand to dish out the golden football shoe trophy to the winning team [AFP];*;And in an historic moment, earlier in the evening two Kabul-based women(***)s teams made up of national squad members played in front of the largest ever crowd for a women(***)s match on Afghan soil [AFP] Daylife ID:

Photographer:

Image Source:

Gallery Source:

Daylife Raw Data:


Featured on Al Jazeera
An innovative rehabilitation programme offers Danish fighters in Syria an escape route and help without prosecution.
Street tension between radical Muslims and Holland's hard right rises, as Islamic State anxiety grows.
Take an immersive look at the challenges facing the war-torn country as US troops begin their withdrawal.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.