Afghan football tournament kicks off

Kabul, January 13, 2007 (Xinhua): The Martyrs Cup, a football tournament featuring ten football clubs in Afghanistan, kicked off on Saturday in southern Afghan province of Nimroz, reported by local newspaper Outlook on Sunday.

The opening match between the United Club and the Arman-i-Shuhada Club drew thousands of locals coming to the stadium in Zaranj, the capital of Nimroz province.

According to Muhammad Nasir Husseini, the provincial chief of Olympic Committee, the tournament will last for one month and a half whose purpose is to discourage the involvement of Afghan youth in narcotics and social evil.

"Teams ranking the first three will be awarded cups and prizes at the end of competition," Husseini added.