Afghans warned on celebratory gunfire ahead of soccer final

Afghans warned on celebratory gunfire ahead of soccer final

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's Interior Ministry has warned against celebratory gunfire after the upcoming South Asia soccer final against India, hoping to avoid a repeat of the raucous celebrations that followed the national team's victory in 2013.

Afghanistan will defend its title against India on Sunday in an eagerly awaited match seen as a point of pride in the war-ravaged country. Afghanistan, which defeated Sri Lanka 5-0 to advance to the finals, is favored to defeat India, which beat Maldives 4-1.

The match will be played at Trivandrum International Stadium in Kerala, India, yet Afghans can watch on a number of large screens set up around the capital & other cities.

p>The championship is held every two years. India beat Afghanistan in 2011.

The Ministry of Interior in a statement said "Do not disrupt the comfort of the Afghan citizens," & warned that the offenders would face legal actions.

In the capital Kabul, hundreds of Afghans filled the streets, waving the national flag. Others gathered on a hillside in the Wazir Akbar Khan district to watch the game live on a huge screen.

Prominent Afghans, including government officials, lawmakers & businessmen, have travelled to India to support their team.

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Source: “Associated Press”

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