European football’s governing body president Michel Platini paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan at the weekend to lend his support to the country’s football federation.
The Frenchman who is widely expected to run in the 2015 FIFA presidential elections made a special appearance at a football training camp for local kids in the capital, Kabul.
The 58-year-old has vowed to help with football in the worn-torn country.
One child who attended the training day said: ‘‘We want to be provided with more facilities where we can play football. We want to play like all the other kids in the world do. We want to compete with them. There are only a handful of soccer stadiums in our country.’‘
The visit comes a fortnight after Afghanistan won the South Asian Championship for their very first international trophy.
Thousands celebrated in the streets of the capital following their 2-0 final victory over India which capped off a stunning unbeaten run in the tournament.