KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghanistan's Interior Ministry has warned against celebratory gunfire after the upcoming South Asia soccer final against India, hoping to avoid a repeat of the raucous celebrations that followed the national team's victory in 2013.
Afghanistan will defend its title against India on Sunday in an eagerly awaited match seen as a point of pride in the war-ravaged country. Afghanistan, which defeated Sri Lanka 5-0 to advance to the finals, is expected to defeat India, which beat Maldives 4-1.
The match will be played at Trivandrum International Stadium in Kerala, India, but Afghans can watch on a number of large screens set up around the capital and other cities.
The championship is held every two years. India beat Afghanistan in 2011.