Afghanistan midfielder Mustafa Madar lost four members of his family in the blast that rocked the city of Kabul on Tuesday.
At least 54 people were reportedly killed in the suicide bomb attack which struck the Abu Fazal shine packed with worshippers in the Afghan capital.
The city of Mazar-i-Sharif too was attacked around the same time which killed another four worshippers.
The blasts coincided with ‘Ashura’, which is the final day of Muharram wherein the martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad's grandson is mourned by the Shia Muslims, and is marked by a national holiday.
The Afghan national team is in India participating in the eight nation SAFF Championship wherein they have booked a berth in the semi-finals.
"I lost four cousins in the blasts yesterday with some as young as thirteen and fourteen year olds.
"When we came here we were so happy but on hearing this sad news, I just cannot stop crying. Now I have to put up a lively face as we have a chance in this tournament," Madar told Goal.com at half-time of the Bhutan-Afghanistan match.
Every player who scored for the Lions of Khorasan against Bhutan came over to the bench and gave a hug to Mustafa.
"I am so happy that everyone who scored came over to me," said the Sanaye midfielder, who was part o the squad that won the 2008 Homeless World Cup.
"My message is that such actsof terrorism do not help anyone. All this killing of kids and women is abominable."
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