Afghans warned against joyful gunfire ahead of soccer final

  • AP, Kabul
  • Updated: Jan 03, 2016 19:47 IST
Peter Segrt, coach of defending champion Afghanistan and Faysal Shayesteh, national football team captain addressing the media. (PTI)

Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry issued a warning on Sunday against celebratory gunfire after the upcoming SAFF Cup 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 expected to defeat India, which beat Maldives 4-1.

The match is being played at Trivandrum International Stadium in Kerala, India, but Afghans will be watching on a number of large screens set up around the capital and other cities.

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