Afghanistan Win Homeless World Cup Final

MELBOURNE, December 7 (Quqnoos)

Afghanistan has won the Homeless Football World Cup in front of a crowd of 50,000 fans.

The Afghan team beat off stiff competition from the Russian eleven in a tight final. Afghanistan held their nerve and won 5-4.

The team is made up of homeless people and orphans from Afghanistan. They are backed by the Sanayee Development Organisation, named after the famous 12th Century Afghan poet and philosopher.

The team, seeded 20th, has exceeded expectations this year. They beat Ghana in the semi-finals and their triumph over the Russian team, who won the contest in 2006, was an unexpected end to a glorious tournament in which Afghanistan won each of their fixtures.

Throughout the week-long event, the Afghan team was cheered on by a devoted group of fans shouting “A-F-G” from packed stands. After the final whistle, fans joined the players on the pitch for a round of dancing and celebrating.

The Homeless World Cup is an annual event which aims to transform the lives of homeless footballers.

“My old life doesn’t exist anymore because of this competition,” said one player.