Afghanistan-England Football Match could Mark End of Taliban War
KABUL- The national football team of Afghanistan is expecting to play a “peace match” with England to mark the end of the war against the Taliban group in Afghanistan.The call for the match was made by British Prime Minister David Cameron during his visit to Afghanistan on Monday.
Premier League star Michael Owen, who was accompanying Prime Minister David Cameron in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, welcomed the idea of a friendly match, and said, the memorial game would be a “fantastic” way to honour British troops sacrifice in Afghanistan during the decade old war.Owen said, it would be great to mark the end of the conflict with the peace match game.
Robert Sullivan, head of the corporate affairs in Football Association said, a peace match between Afghanistan and England was a likely “long term ambition of the Afghan FA.”Prime Minister David Cameron quoted by Daily Mirror said, “I was reflecting today that soon this incredible piece of service by British troops will come to an end and we’ll have to think how best to mark that.”
“If you take 2001 to 2014 it is a very long continuous operation and as a nation we’ll need to think how best to mark that, much as we did with previous operations, and I’m sure there will be many, very dignified national events that should take place,” Cameron said.He also added, “We can discuss that in the future. But the idea of one part of it being a football match is a nice idea.”
This comes as an agreement was signed between Afghanistan and England to link up the football teams of the two nations, to boost Afghan football.Under the plan, the top players of Afghanistan will be invited to train at England’s new training centre, St George’s Park. (Khaama)