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Afghanistan women's football team lose in Pakistan final
« on: August 24, 2007, 09:08:46 PM »
Afghanistan's women football team went down 1-0 in a hard-fought final in Pakistan's national championship but captain Sahmila Kohistani said her side still made history.

"I am proud of my team and playing the final in an event in Pakistan is historic," Kohistani, whose team lost to Lahore's Sports Sciences Club, told AFP.

The Afghan team, on their first tour abroad, could not match their opponents despite their aggressive efforts after Ayesha Khan scored the only goal of the match in the 26th minute.

Afghanistan lost their first match in the championship which started last week but raised their game in the remaining matches.

The winners received a glittering trophy and a cash prize of 50,000 rupees (800 US dollars) while the Afghan team won 30,000 rupees.

Kohistani said her players were proud just to have played in the championship, let alone finish runners-up.

"We have achieved a great milestone, being the first team from Afghanistan to compete outside the country and President Hamid Karzai wished us the best of luck before the final," said Kohistani.

"Our achievement in the event will go a long way in promoting women's football in Afghanistan which is in a nascent stage," said Kohistani whose team overturned Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province in the semi-final.

"Football has changed our lives and competing in this event and being looked after so well by the hosts will remain in our memories forever," said Kohistani, who also finished as her team's top-scorer with four goals, including a hat-trick.

Afghanistan will now play two friendly matches -- their first against any national side -- when they take on Pakistan in Lahore on August 26 and 27.