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Soccer Could Be Road to Peace in Afghanistan

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While it’s not yet “Morning in Afghanistan” by any stretch of the imagination, sometimes you can see things there that give you faith in the country’s future—and offer a counter-argument to the view that the Taliban will soon be back in Kabul closing schools, whipping women, and beheading men. I visited Kabul in October to watch some soccer games played by Afghanistan’s first professional sports organization, the Afghan Premier League (A.P.L.). This new, eight-team group was created by Moby Group, the leading independent broadcaster in the country (I work with them). The televised games took the country by storm, demonstrating the great value of entertainment in a country that has suffered through 35 years of war.

 

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