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Afghans gripped by domestic football fever

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It's a long way from the glamour of the Champions League and the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich or Chelsea but the first professional football league in Afghanistan kicked-off on Tuesday to fan fever, goals and vibrant enthusiasm in Kabul. 

Afghan football players, De Maiwand Atalan (R), representing south west Afghanistan, and Shahin Asmayee (L) from Greater Kabul fight for the ball during the first Afghan premiere league game at the Afghanistan Football Federation stadium.

The modest stadium of the Afghan football federation was packed to a near capacity crowd of some 3,500, with the crowd largely made up of men only sections apart from a small one where families and women were welcomed by officials in a country where human rights are a constant debate.

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