October 23, 2012
Soccer Fever in Kabul
Matthieu Aikins, Latitude
October days are usually crisp and clear in Kabul, but last Friday soccer fans awoke to leaden skies and an intermittent drizzle.
Still, the open-air bleachers of Kabul’s main soccer stadium were packed, with 5,000 spectators, while outside the police, toting AK-47s and wooden batons, kept an overflow crowd at bay. It was the final match of the Afghan Premier League’s first season, a feverishly exciting day in a city whose youth desperately lack opportunities for wholesome entertainment.
TAGGED: Taliban, Afghanistan, Kabul, soccer