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Afghan Soccer Enthusiasts Convene in DC Area

Over 5000 Afghans from all over the United States gathered in Gaithersburg, Maryland to celebrate the Afghan Sports Federation’s 9th annual 4th of July sports competition. The Brishna Soccer club of New York was pronounced US-Afghan Soccer Cup champions after defeating the Afghan United of California team. The trophy was presented by the Afghan Sports Federation Executive Committee members, Ajmal Ghani, Atiq Panjshiri, and Sulaiman Lutfi. Former Interior Minister Ali Jalali spoke about the positive role of the Afghan community in the lives of the younger generation. The program ended with a live concert by famous Afghan artist Habib Qaderi. The Afghan Sports Federation has held soccer, volleyball, and basketball tournaments every year and has been the leading Afghan-American organization in the promotion of sporting activities in the US and in Afghanistan. ASF was the first organization to call for the re-establishment of the Afghan National Committee and the reinstatement of its membership at the International Olympic Committee in 2001-2002. Afghans came from California, Canada, Georgia, Texas, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Idaho, Florida, the Washington DC Metro Area and as far away as Europe and Asia. For more information and pictures of the event visit

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