AFGHANISTAN: The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Saturday appealed to the public to refrain from shooting in the air in the event of the Afghan national football team winning its match against India on Sunday.
Afghanistan is scheduled to take on India in the finals of the South Asian Football Federation ( SAFF) championship cup in India on Friday evening.
The MoI however also congratulated Afghanistan on its string of victories, which resulted in the national team reaching the finals. But the ministry warned that should people fire weapons in the air on Sunday in celebration they will face legal action.
The national team has notched up 16 goals in three matches so far, during the tournament.
The match will kick off on Sunday at 5:30pm Kabul time.
However, Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) officials also appealed to the public not to fire weapons in the air should the team win.
Head of AFF Keramuddin Karim called on all Afghans to avoid such celebrations if Afghanistan, the defending champions, win the cup.
He said if celebrations are held, that they be done calmly.
Meanwhile, Peter Segrt, the team’s German coach, was upbeat Saturday and said the team was going to go all out on Sunday to bring home the cup.
“We respect the Indian [team]… I have big respect for the coach and for the players. We will try to beat them in the final… We want to win this cup. The message is clear for the players; nobody from this team is going in to final to lose this game… When you get in the final you want win it,” said Segrt.
Sunday’s match will be the third time that Afghanistan and India meet each other in the SAFF finals. Afghanistan beat India in 2013.
This tournament has seen Afghanistan not only score 16 goals but they also scooped the titles of best offense and defense lines in the SAFF matches. -tolonews