The Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF) won the FIFA Fair Play award at the FIFA Ballon d’Or 2013 awards ceremony in Zurich on Monday.
The Afghanistan Football Federation, which has helped continue promote the sport in a country ravaged by war, won the award given to "persons or institutions for their fair play, an issue that has always been of crucial significance to world football's governing body".
Afghanistan defeated Pakistan 3-0 in the first home friendly organized on August 20, 2013 in over ten years or so. Ahmad Hatifie, Sanjdar Ahmadi and Marouf Mahmoudi were on the scoresheet for Afghanistan.
In the month of September, they won their first major international competition by triumphing in the South Asian football Federation (SAFF) Championship at the expense of India as they downed them 2-0.
“I am very happy to hear the news. It's a great day for us. It was very hard to motivate a country. I would like to thank FIFA for this award. Winning the SAFF Championship was surely the peak of all. We need to continue our journey,” Haroon Amiri, captain of the Afghanistan national team, told Goal.