This one is for Afghanistan

21 Aug

I am so happy for the people of Afghanistan.

Their recent win over Pakistan is a rare bit of good news, and a much deserved one. 

They didn’t just win, their football team trounced Pakistan 3 – 0 in a recent friendly soccer match (you can see the goals below).

This is not the first time I supported the Afghan team. I also cheered for them when they played Palestine in July 2011. They lost that match 1 – 0.

And why do I support them?

Well, the fact that 50% of all Afghans speak Dari which is a Persian dialect is one major reason. In fact its the biggest. There is also the fact that they have suffered so much for so many years. Afghanistan has seen so many tragedies. Always nice to see the people who have suffered so much to rejoice. My father also had a couple of Afghan customers in his pharmacy in Tehran. They were very hard working people.

May there be many more such victories for the Afghan team. And may their country see peace soon.

Here are those three beautiful goals

One Response to “This one is for Afghanistan”

  1. Mojtaba August 22, 2013 at 12:01 am #

    Thanks for the appreciation. Here are some brief supplementary facts about Afghanistan.

    Almost all citizens (Persian, Pashtun, Uzbek/Turkmen) of Afghanistan know and speak “Farsi Dari” though it’s the native language of about 50% of the population. Some others speak Herati, Badakhshani, and Hazaregi dialect of Farsi.

    Afghanistan shares the same history, kings, poets, legends, religions, and so on with Iran and Tajikistan. So, it has an equal, if not greater, share in Greater Persian Empire’s culture and society. Herat, Balkh, Kabul, Gazni (and etc) bear historical significance equal to Esfehan, Shiraz, Ray, Tabriz in Persian history and culture.

    Once again, I thank you for your attention.

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