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Jan Kubis congratulates Afghan soccer squad

Jan Kubis congratulates Afghan soccer squad

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Sep 16, 2013 - 14:36

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The UN’s top diplomat in the country on Monday congratulated Afghanistaninfo-icon’s soccer team on winning the South Asian Football Federation Championship.

“Afghanistan’s 2-0 win over India was a historic occasion – the country’s first international football victory,” the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) head said.

Jan Kubis said in a statement the triumph had seen Afghanistan rise seven places in FIFA’s worldinfo-icon rankings table to the 132nd spot -- another cause for celebration.

“Last week’s victory is much more than just a sporting achievement. After decades of war, this triumph was rightly seen as another powerful symbol of Afghanistan’s return to normal times, acknowledged on the international stage.

“The exuberant celebrations were also a demonstration of national unity and pride,” he said, adding: “I take this occasion to congratulate the team and wish it the very best in its future matches.”

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